Wout rockin his Sea Shepard jacket, check out more about Sea Shepherd here
There are lions everywhere in the architecture. Wout reckons that its connected to Belgium's colonial past, and that's where the cash came from for all the bombastic buildings which surrounded us. Well the more of them I saw the more I agreed with him. The main palace grounds were overgrown and the walls and gates crumbling, and this is after them having been enlarged and re-built to reinforce the importance of the Belgian king. How much blood was shed to suit the whims of this man's ego?
one of many enormous lion statues around the city
Another highlight is the court building which looks like something out of the first Mad Max film with the amount of Graffiti on it, and finding some vintage grumble in the bins outside an adult video shop that had closed down, that really took me back!
some nice street art
The grub I got me mits on was ok, but nothing special, especially the famous 'pommes' - gimmie a slimy chippy or a fritter roll any day.
some more fun street art, there was lots around
My trip to Belgium was rounded off with another exciting bus stop, this time it was Brussels Noord Bus Station. I think Brussels Homeless shelter would be a better title. There must have been at least 100 people, whole families living here. As you can imagine the smell was pretty good, but outside the station doors, which seemed to be a free for all public latrine, smelt even better. I changed out of my kilt as I became very self aware surrounded by all these people and it felt weird to be back in trousers. Needless to say I was very happy when the Eurolines bus arrived to whisk me off to my next destination - Basel Switzerland!