first stop was the "city hall" or basically, the castle. its a really pretty castle building surrounded by water that is actually the town's city hall...cool huh?
second stop was the Beguinage which is really hard for me to explain! It is a place where "religious women" would flee to in the early 18th century when they "wanted to live an independent but committed life outside the recognized orders with their vows of fidelity and poverty. They organized themselves in self-supported 'cities of peace'..." and etc etc. (i copied that from the information sign at the entrance..so take itas you will! It was a small gated community type place that old people now live in. it seemed like the Turnhout version of Sunnyview, haha! only with a creepy church and a bunch of other religious statues and stuff..
oh and we walked past my language school, so in case youwanted to know..this is where i attend language class from 9-noon every monday-thursday! like the colored pencil fence? classy.
third stop was a walk by the Turnhout prison. weird!
fourth stop was the shopping street! "winkelstraat" if you will. this weekend it was "fashion weekend" so all the stores were open on sunday with some having special promotions and stuff. there was a band playing on the street and some random food vendors and stuff, plus it was a beautiful day so the whole town was a hoppin place! i walked by a guy selling fried hamburgers and i just had to get one...but seriously, nicks hamburgers wins. HANDS DOWN. i'm not even sure if this was a real burger...(rubber?).
fifth stop was a walk by the train station. isn't it cute? you can go anywhere!
last stop was a little pub. my host mom takes music lessons from this lady who sings in a trio..and they were playing tonight at a cafe so we went to watch. they were really good and sang songs like "beer barrel polka" and whatnot. the drummer was really good as well but his kit was set up BACKWARDS! apparently if you're left handed it is actually NORMAL to just switch everything around rather than learn the right handed way. in america its pretty frowned upon to play backwards, but like i said, he was really good. i must mention that i had a cherry beer while listening to them, and i have decided that i am really fond of cherry beer! its like cranberry juice on steroids or something, that is all i can compare it to.
after that we finally went to a typical belgian dinner place. this is my second time in that restaurant and although i had something really good the first time i tried something different! i don't know how to spell it in dutch but it sounds like the "stouffers" brand of frozen dinners at home. it was really just stewed meat and a gravy-like sauce. it was good! of course there were also french fries with mayo at the table too so i really can't complain. now i am home and am really tired, long week of school and whatnot ahead of me. thanks for reading and have a good day/night/whatever!