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Day 1

Here I go

No real problems getting to Antwerp, there was a flight delay due to high winds, which also made the flight a bit bouncy, and trying to find the right place to exchange my flight ticket for a rail ticket was a bit of a bind, but got here in the end.

But here's where it all went downhill

I'd read that the WiFi in the hotel was a bit temperamental over the forth floor of seven so I emailed them in advance to put me on a lower floor, which they emailed back to say no problem.

You can guess what happened - yep got here and was given a room on the seventh floor, I had a whinge but was told there was no more rooms available but there would be tomorrow, and anyway the WiFi was OK in the bar and lobby area, so I though well it's only for one night no big deal.

So dropped my stuff off in the room and took my laptop down to the bar - thought I'd have a beer and do some emails and watch some TV.

Spent a little too much time there as the football was on and I did some catch up with Game of Thrones, anyway got back to my room about 12:30am, got ready for bed, when I pulled back the covers the bed was full of bed bugs, I pulled all the bedding off, and as I had a twin room, tried the other, I did see one or two bugs there as well but brushed them off did a quick check all over and seeing no others got into bed.

The next morning yep you've guessed it was covered in bites, which were really itchy, but as I had an early start and the office was a good 10 mile bus ride a way thought I'd better get going

I spoke to reception on my way out about the room change and they said it was OK, I also told them about my room and that it needed an urgent clean up.

My itchy lumps were really playing up all day, and hoped that they would start to go once I'd moved into the new room, anyway the new room was ready I checked for bugs - none and went off to get my stuff from the old room. When I got there all my belongings had been moved out, including all the toiletries I had out in the bathroom and even a pile of dirty clothes I was going to put in a back when I got back.

I went to reception to find out where it had all gone and the girl there just looked at me blankly, she called over another chap and he said he go looking for it, as it happened my things it were in a room next to the desk, all in a bit of a heap, dirty clothes and all.

After getting all my things into the new room, I set off to find somewhere to eat, I knew I didn't need to go right into town, (about 2 miles away) as there were a few restaurants nearby.


I must have been walking for about 30 minutes and found about 6 restaurants none off which I liked wast I saw on the menu, although there was a Tapas Bar, so thought that will do, nope had some tasteless chorizo and cheese thing with chips (with a dollop of mayo) like cardboard, had a beer as well which took the bill up to nearly 20EUR


Headed back to the hotel to watch something on my laptop, I did have wifi but it was too slow to watch anything without freezing every now and again, thought I'd leave it until the morning to complain.

Posted by Eurochunks 05:33 Archived in Belgium

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