Hello dear friends!
We have just returned from Belgium and we are happy to say that it has been a really beautiful experience.
We read a lot about this country and we were really curious to discover it with our wheels (not really our, we rented two city bikes “adapted for travelling”).
This time, differently from our trip in The Netherlands where we booked only hotels, we decided to try AirBnb in two cities: Gand and Antwerp.
AirBnb is a platform where people can share their houses or a room with travelers and differently from an hotel you can spend time with your host, talking about everything you want.
So, why to choose AirBnb or any other sharing accomodation platform as Couchsurfing?
Many people use AirBnb because it is cheaper than hotels and you can find a room even in the city center for a bunch of Euro. But, as we think, the soul of AirBnb isn’t just a matter of money but also a cultural exchange with your host. It’s great opportunity to discover a country not only as a tourist but live like a local or just get recommendations for “secret spots” and good restaurant from people in-the-know.
We met very beautiful people during our stays. We met the polyglotal Tom (he knows 8 languages), his wife and their beautiful children that hosted us in their cozy and typical house in Gand. With a glass of white wine in our hands, we talked about politics, living in Flanders and the difference in accent between North Italy and South Italy having a lot of fun.
In Antwerp, our host Bart, really suprised us with his house and his “tatami bed“, especially Arthur was really excited because of the Vynil collection from Chopin to Radiohead and many more. And of course Murakami’s books. And of course the tatami. And of course everything. Lol
During our trip to Belgium we didn’t use only AirBnb but also a hotel and the house of a friend: we stayed in Brugge at Velotel hotel because of their bike friendly attitude and the distance from the city center and in Bruxelles in the house of a friend from Italy that is now studying in Belgium.
In the next articles we will talk about all this, we will tell you everything, from the first morning to the last afternoon, from the waterfall of beer and the Belgian food to the cycle culture of the country.
You have to know that Belgium is a country for cyclotourist, the cyclepaths cover almost all the territory and the drivers always respect the cyclist. If a driver blows the horn is because you’re doing something wrong 😀
We will tell you about how Arthur blew a tire 7 km before Bruxelles in the middle of nowhere and how he pushed the bike to the station, how Bruno almost damaged his knee playing football at the Parc du Cinquantenaire.
We will also talk about the excellent rail network that allows you to transport your bike wherever you want 🙂
All this in our next posts!
Stay tuned and keep pedaling guys!
Arthur And Bruno