& so February has come and gone… how quickly is this year going by?! I hope you haven’t been hit too badly by ‘the beast from the east’ – anyone else eyerolling over that name? Yeah. Despite being a short month, I have a lot to share so without further ado…
So both Ryan and I turned 25 this month, and to celebrate we went on a city break to Bruges: the European capital of chocolate, beer, waffles and fries. We took advantage of the Eurostar and it was the easiest trip. I love traveling on the train, you don’t have to worry about what goes in the suitcase and what goes in hand luggage, if you can carry it, you can take it.
The weather was chilly but crisp and bright, we couldn’t have asked for better. We were able to explore all the beautiful architecture and wander along the river and canals without worrying about rain or snow. We were only there three days but we had plenty of time to visit all the museums and the Beer Experience was Ryan’s favourite. I don’t drink but even I found it interesting to learn about the process and ingredients, I learned quite a lot and it was very interactive. I did prefer the art galleries though, some of the Flemish Primitive works are incredible, I really recommend checking them out. I loved the backgrounds, they were so rich and textured. You see a famous figure in the foreground (Jesus/a king or queen) but in the background there’d be a cave with an old man/a huge castle/an enchanted forest. Stunning, Death and the Miser was my favourite, very amusing!
You can’t wander far without hitting a chocolate shop and woah, they really do make it better over there. There is always a huge selection of different flavours. You can pick individual pieces and get them wrapped in a box, or grab a pick’n’mix bag and go to town. We sampled so many that by the time we came back home even I was chocolated-out. And that is saying something. Speaking of the food, you need to try the fries. You have not tasted chips unless you’ve been to Belgium. Even the takeaway chips are better than any I’ve eaten in the UK – it’s something to do with double frying and then adding lashings of salt – whatever it is, they’re yummy. It’s a good job there is plenty of exploring to do to work off all the treats. I highly recommend Bruges if you’re looking for somewhere with stunning buildings, interesting history, culture and great food.
Guns of the Dawn by Adrian Tchaikovsky
So I couldn’t have a favourites list without a book. I listened to this one on audio and really, really loved it. I finished it ages ago and I still can’t stop thinking about it. I’ve written a full review here so I won’t ramble on. Check it out if you’d like to know why you need to read it.
Okay so I’m not normally a huge fan of the Marvel films. Yeah they’re okay, but the comics are better and to be honest, I’m more of a DC girl. Give me WonderWoman, Arrow and The Flash over Captain America, Hulk and Iron Man (although Tony Stark is pretty amusing) any day. BUT, this film was great. The first two Thor films are possibly the worst of the Marvel bunch (in my opinion) so I didn’t have high hopes. However, it is hilarious. The humour is excellent and Thor finally comes into his own in this one, he’s not just the thick pretty one who can hold a hammer. He has powers. About time really, he is a god afterall… Anyway, it’s a really great comic book/superhero film, fast paced, action packed and laugh out loud funny. What more could you want?
And last but not least, an oldie but a goodie. Weirdly, Ryan didn’t grow up watching reruns of Friends on E4 – I know, right? Bizarre. I have the dvd boxset but it was always such a faff remembering where we’d got up to so now that it’s on Netflix we’ve been watching them all again from the beginning. It’s been a few years since I’ve seen some of the early ones and they’re so great. Such a timeless show, there really is a Friends episode for everything. Even better – the Netflix episodes have extra lines than the UK dvds do. There are some great one liners that were cut out of the UK broadcasts, I assume for timing purposes rather than inappropriateness as they’re hilarious, but it brings me an extra level of joy when I watch something new. The only downside is we’re at the ‘WE WERE ON A BREAK’ part and for the first time I’ve genuinely gone off Ross. He was such a dick.
And that’s it! Nothing too life-altering, but Bruges was pretty incredible and I’m so glad we managed to get away. It’s too easy to waste days off if you just stay at home, I really needed the escape.
I hope you have all had a great month, let me know what your favourites have been!