Today is the last Friday before I start MBA school…so, my summer (ahem, I mean 7 months) of doing nothing in Belgium is about to be over! Some people in my position might be sad about this, but I could not be more delighted. I am really looking forward to challenging my brain again, meeting new people, and seeing what school is like in Europe! Of course, I am VERY nervous too.
Anyway, I had a lot of errands to run today so I got up early and headed to the gym. By early, I mean that I was at the gym at 9am on the dot (which is when it opens…seriously). Side note – the busiest time at the gym is between 10-11 (I have no idea why people aren’t working). I opted for an interval workout on the treadmill + 10 minutes on the elliptical. My treadmill interval was essentially this:
- Warm up – 1 mile (about 6.5 miles per hour speed)
- Sprint/jog – 1.5 miles (alternate between sprint and a steady jog every minute)
Not too shabby…I was enjoying my workout even more because the US open was on (albeit dubbed in French). I watched Djokovic essentially destroy his competition in 3 straight sets – the match was less than 1.5 hours!
When I got home I was STARVING! So I whipped up this nice little lunch (hummus sandwich)!
Now, for the best part of the day…whipping up dinner and our Friday night appy’s!
Appy’s: I tried a new bakery in the “mall” in Ghent and bought a fabulous nut bread and multi-grain bread (seriously amazing, but no surprise there)! We had hummus and the remaining raw veggies that were not used for the skewers. Of course, the obligatory wine and Belgian beer. YUM!
*See the little duck napkin holders? So funny…our table was set like this when we moved in…another reason I love it here!
Main: Grilled marinated shrimp skewers + marinated vegetable skewers (I will devote an entire post to this as I have a LOT to say about it + a LOT of pics)! Here is one to get your taste buds going…
Joe had a long week and I was ready to celebrate my last night of “freedom” so we decided to go to the ‘Trappistenhuis’ bar. This bar is VERY well-known in Ghent and happens to be one of Joe’s favorites. Actually, after last night, he made the very bold statement that it has the BEST beer menu in Ghent (not an easy honor to win in Belgium). Of course, that was exclaimed after a couple beers…so we’ll see if it still holds true today! 🙂
The interior and bathrooms are very nice and clean. Take a look at all the glasses hanging by the bar (again, each beer has its own glass). You can see by our beer pictures as well…my Orval beer bottle + my Orval branded glass. Bonus – free peanuts! Joe opted for his favorite Sint Bernardus 12 and tried a Watou beer. I opted for Orval as it has a lower alcohol content (6.2% still isn’t that low, but whatevs it’s Friday)!
Here are some pics! Prost (cheers)!!