I’d love to give a deep and insightful review of these two magnificent towns, but I woke up about 15 minutes before the bus left and was super disoriented until about 2pm. I blame having only eaten an apple from the time I woke up until lunch at 1pm.
In Ghent, we visited the Saint Bavo cathedral and took a quick peek about town since it was raining. Inside the cathedral is a painting called The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb. There are two versions of this painting in the cathedral, a copy and an original. The original costs 2.5€ to see and is housed in a silent room in a giant aquarium. If ever you’re in the Saint Bavo cathedral, don’t pay to go see the original, it’s literally the same as the copy (I’m sure art critics disagree) in a boring aquarium.
In Bruges, we took a boat tour and a little walk around town. I’d definitely recommend trying one of the super touristy boat tours if you want to see lots of the city in a short amount of time. Bruges is a very beautiful city and is worth checking out.
That night, a bunch of us went to the Delirium bar in Brussels. The bar not much to look at, but they’ve got the largest selection of beer in the world. On Thursdays they have a jam night in the basement, so that means live music (from reggae to funky jazz) and drinks are 25% more expensive. Definitely worth checking out.