Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Belgium 2015, Day One
Today was the transition day, as I arrived this morning via Frankfurt airport, which always astonishes me with its size and less than helpful signage. This time, I was also confused--am I supposed to pick up my baggage and move it through customs and then re-check? No, that is just a non-Schengen thing to do....
I am staying in a super-spiffy hotel for the first few days (when it is on the conference organizer's dime), and it has confused me. Best shower I ever had in Europe, probably, but it took me a minute to figure out how to turn it on. My post-walk nap was in full sunshine since I only realized afterwards that among the many light buttons next to the bed is one for raising and lowering the curtain. Really.
I did walk about to see the city. While my 2011 trip to Belgium was chock full of tourism (Mons, Vimy, Bastogne), the research was conducted at NATO HQ, so I stayed on the outskirts of town and only drove in to drop off my co-author at his hotel. Driving in Brussels scared me and scared the GPS. So, no tourism last time. I should have, alas, plenty of time to check out Brussels as my interview calendar for next week is a bit thin.
Oh, and I met the key mission objectives: beer, omlette and then latter waffle