we finally made it to belgium. bonding over the clash and nuclear energy while going 140 km through the french countryside, we drove a few hours to brugge. i wish i could tell you i took lots of pictures, but i have this aversion to tourism. even in that beautiful old city with japanese tourists snapping away at the sights i could not bring myself to pull out the camera. so a description will have to suffice. it is very clean for it’s age and the belgian people are nice and speak like 5 languages. i had a general idea of the architecture before we went because of an irish movie i saw a while back. it’s like a fairytale. brick houses squished together and waterways like venice running through it. we walked around and then had lunch at a sidewalk cafe. guigui insisted on kwak, which is a famous “strong beer”, and is served in a beaker type thing that sits in a wooden base that is about 2 feet tall. i had fries too so i think i have tried all belgium has to offer except for the chocolate. yesterday, i watched a lot of tv. i got engrossed in a french movie that takes place in greece while he was at work, and although i couldn’t understand, i’m pretty sure it was about this psychotic arab that is in love with a woman so he kidnaps her boyfriend. then we watched indiana jones and jaws. the french seem to love speilberg but insist on dubbing it so harrison ford has too high a voice. the teachers go on holiday this week so i think we are going to paris. i promise i’ll take some pictures. oh and we are going to versailles. i had a big mac yesterday. maxi best of. that’s what a super-size is called. i know, i know. i came all the way to france, and went to mcdonald’s? it was on a lark i promise. the food i eat is usually a bit more french. i have been experiencing culture shock in a way that i didn’t expect.