Wafels, frites, mussels, beer, and chocolate! — Brussels galore

I like long layovers because it gets me a sneak peak of whether I would like to revisit the country. It was also great for a shopping stop (thanks for getting the VAT). Brussels was definitely one of my favorite in Europe because of the delicious food!! omg, I can’t emphasize how much I enjoy eating – ahh the decadent flavors. We started the morning with a few wafels from the stands en route to the hotel. Then we grabbed a hot chocolate, next thing you know we were on line for some of the best fries in Brussels. Supposedly “french fries” originated in Belgium because “french” means slice and “frites” means sliced potates and when we put the two together, we get french fries. I also made the silly mistake of asking a Belgian where I can get French fries (oops!). It was definitely fun and will be back for more food.

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It’s not Christmas without the tree!

we wanted to start a new holiday tradition since it was our first christmas together — pick out a tree from a tree farm!! we drove out to long island and found a small farm out in Dix Hills. the owner of the farm handed us a saw and told us to pick from the field. trees started at $70 was a bit steep but definitely worth the experience!
the small guy down there was the lucky winner. it was the cutest thing we saw.
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it didn’t take us long to saw it down.
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someone’s been working out!
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isn’t it beautiful? our very first christmas.
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we even got matching santa hats. I was a very happy camper! happy holidays 🙂
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Return from India

I lost the post that I had drafted for India but this post probably won’t be half as good.

Kevin and I spent 2 full weeks in India, covering Delhi, Agra, Mumbai, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, and Jaipur. These were all fascinating cities with personalities of their own. The country is filled with vibrant colors. For example, Jodhpur is known as the Blue City, Jaisalmer is the Golden City, and Jaipur is the Pink City. These colorful cities make up a very beautiful country, India.  My experience there was magnificent. It was definitely a very eye-opening experience. Coming from someone who has traveled extensively, the people and culture were a bit shocking to me. People were awfully nice and generous. The hospitality was impeccable. Nowhere, have I been treated so greatly without a penny in return. The air was a bit dusty – picked my nose and my boogies were dark grey. The food was delicious, even though I was craving my pork fried rice on day 3. Yes, the food was extremely spicy – even the folks that loved spicy couldn’t handle it. Their words were “spicy in, spicy out.”

Every morning, I had a dosa (pan fried dough) with a cup of masala chai. It was really good to wake up to a breakfast buffet every morning for two weeks. We also had a private driver that took us all the highlights and key spots in India. It was a good life for cheap.

The income disparity is wide but the country is flourishing at great speeds. One thing I couldn’t help notice was the poor infrastructure that was in place. If I were an investor, I’d invest heavily in raw supplies, construction, and mobile/telecommunications in India (will explain mobile later). There is lots of potential for growth and I’m bullish on their economy.