This trip to Belgium has been awesome because I have had more time and ability to explore the area compared to most track trips. This has been possible because, first of all, we have a few days between meets. Second, Belgium has a sweet public transportation system, and I am able to take the train to any city.
In between Gent and Ninove I spent an afternoon in Brussels with a couple other runners who have met up with the Athletes In Action group I am following around, David Jankowski and Julian de Rubira. We only got a quick walk of the center part of the city, but we got to see Manneken Pis (statue of a little boy peeing), Jeanneken Pis (statue of a little girl peeing), St. Michael’s church, the grand square, and have a drink at Delrirum, home of 2,000 kinds of beer. I ordered a cherry kriek beer and some kind of strawberry beer cocktail. I should have ordered a Delirium tantrum beer though, because it has been voted the best beer in the world, and some other Americans in the bar said they agreed with that statement.