And that’s all there is to see in Brussels!
It’s been a long hiatus but for a good reason. My phone got stolen shortly after my last point which put me in a right dour mood. Then, I headed off to Marrakech in Morocco which made me feel worse. It was intended to be a two week trip but I cut it short by a week because it was hot. VERY HOT. If I wanted a sauna, I’d have stayed in Singapore.
Remember, parents out there. If you don’t bring your kids to the circus, don’t buy them a bicycle or don’t allow them to play videogames, they’ll grow up to ride a unicycle, make videogames and join the circus.
I’m really more familiar with theatrical circuses; the modern Cirque du Soleil and similar story-driven circuses. This might be the first time I’m actually at the equivalent of the Big Top and I love it.
I think there are different shows through the year but the circus is a permanent fixture where the most expensive tickets go for something like US$20. It was Children’s Day when I went but I still managed to get seats 4 rows from the front.
Helsinki was a transit stop and it so happened a friend was passing by en route to Singapore the same day I’d be there so we got to wander around a bit. My main grouse about the city is that there’s not a whole lot to do rather than hang out on someone’s lawn and there are surely less expensive places in the world to chill out.
How expensive is it? While waiting for said friend, I started practicing a bit of contact juggling at the railway station beside some guy in a Darth Vader mask. Soon some kids started crowding and then I had more people talking to me. I threw down my cap for the heck of it and when the friend showed up, I THOUGHT I had enough for a meal at McDonald’s.
Close but no.
I didn’t feel Helsinki was that exciting so I hopped on a cruise to Tallinn in Estonia to spend the night. The hostel was half the price, cleaner, less crowded and more comfortable than the one I stayed at the day after in Helsinki and the old town, a UNESCO World Heritage site by the way, looked from a completely different age.