Two Countries, Five Cities Part 2

Last week I wrote about the first three cities I went to Rotterdam, The Hague, and Ghent here. This week I will share more about Ghent and then talk about my experience in Amsterdam and Masstrict.

Ghent

My favorite part of Ghent was the Castle of Counts. I was impressed by the fact that it was built of stone in a time when there wasn’t much technology. It is quite amazing what people can accomplish even without today’s tools. The tour was self-guided and we received an audio device along with headphones. The areas were numbered and we pressed the number to get information about that area. The castle was built by Count Philip in 1180 who had a lot of money and wanted to flaunt it. Inside the castle, there is a torture dungeon with a wide collection of torture equipment. In part of the tour, I learned about some of the most scandalous cases that ended in gruesome death. From people being boiled alive to stretch apart to death, the punishment wasn’t to teach the person a lesson but use the person as a lesson to the surviving townspeople.

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Two Countries, Five Cities

On my way back to Kuwait I join two of my friends Baraa and Fatuma to visit two countries – the Netherlands and Belgium. In those two countries, we went to five different cities, Ghent in Belgium and Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague, and Maastricht in the Netherlands. The whether really shocked my system since I was coming from the Caribbean, but I took some Claritin and I was fine. I also found public transportation to be interesting.

I finally comprehend the difference between trains and subways. Even though I have been on a couple of train rides in New York and London I still thought of it as the subway because I stayed in the general area. Trains usually travel to different countries or states while the subway is intercity. This is not to say the trains do not travel intercity because they do and this is why I was so confused.

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Top 4 Reasons Foreday Morning is better than Cropover

Cropover or Grand Kadooment is a big celebration that takes place on the first Monday of August in Barbados. Most Carribean Islands have similar celebrations. Locals and tourists get dressed in extravagant costumes to celebrate. It starts at sun up and ends when the sun goes down. People walk down a certain path with their chosen band while drinking, dancing, and listening to music. It is pretty epic. There is another celebration called Foreday Morning which takes place on the first Friday of August. Foreday Morning doesn’t get the recognition it deserves so I’m going to explain why I like Foreday better than Grand Kadooment.

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My Tour of Foursquare Distillery

I went on a tour of a popular rum distillery in Barbados called Foursquare. Put your hands in the air if you like rum because I know I do. This tour was so unplanned and so random, but worth talking about. I not only go to see where Trevis (my boyfriend) works I also learned how rum was made.

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Road Trip around Barbados

When I think of a road trip, I don’t think of traveling around an Island. A road trip to me is going to a different state or country. Or so I thought. Last week I went on a road trip through Barbados and saw some of the most beautiful views Barbados has to offer. Even though I was still in the same country, we traveled through several parishes with very different landforms. At first, I didn’t know what to expect and thought we were going to a museum or tour a cave. What we actually did was way more exciting than just taking a tour of a popular tourist attraction.

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