The City of Gent welcomed us, two Malaysians (Joey, who then was in Antwerp working as an Au Pair, and I) and an American (Digital) with its cold wintry rain. With Olivier and James (a friend of Olivier, and our driver for the day) in the lead, we trudged street to street, one ornate building to the next, and catching up with Sven (Olivier and Sven came to Kuala Lumpur in 2008, and stayed with us as our first couchsurfer guests). It was like being in a reality TV to see Sven again, as we had not been as communicative apart as we had with Olivier. There was a lot to catch up with Sven. After two coffee houses, and the rain not getting any better, Sven suggested we all should just help him and his girlfriend Efrata cook dinner. We all said, yes yes!!! In a couchsurfing spirit. We knew good food was coming.
|Pretty maid statue in front of a restaurant.|
|Moi in new pair of rubber shoes, Digi and Joey|
(Photo was taken by Olivier)
|Our host Sven getting the sauces ready.|
|Chicken, East meet West style.|
|Joey, Moi, Digi and Olivier about to begin our|
dinner - noodle and chicken.
There were many places that I purposely did not include in our Belgium trip this time. No Waterloo or a cross to the Netherlands. Although it was meant to get Digital to visit another country, and three great cities, the main pull was meeting up (again) with Olivier, Sven and Minny. To also had the opportunity to catch up with a fellow Malaysian (Joey) in a far away land was really nice too. Antwerp, Brussels and Gent have so much to offer to travelers, but having great friends and meeting them make these cities memorable.
Till we meet again,