Birthdays, Belgium & Bottles

2016-07-16-12-13-10After the spontaneous adventure our first weekend, it was time to buckle down and start planning the RY Birthday Duo for Shawn and myself that would take place that Thursday, July 14th. We researched a few different spots and ended up deciding on Archer Street, a venue I’d never been to, but seemed cool online so we went with it.

On my actual birthday, I got up, went for a run, came back and honestly felt pretty disconnected from all my loved ones back home. I’m a huge family person, so not being with them was a really hard pill to swallow. Nonetheless, I went for a birthday lunch with some of my closest friends at the time, which naturally included some rose.

Later that day I was finally able to get ready in my entirely new outfit I had purchased the day before, including my first pair of heels all of Remote Year, and then head off to the bar. New clothes on Remote Year are a big deal. Everyone notices, you get that close. Slowly, what had started as a relatively low day ended up turning into one of my favorite nights on Remote Year. The venue was perfect, everyone was there and it seemed like everyone had a great time. When I went home that night, I felt a sense of complete gratitude for this year, this opportunity and the wonderful people who had come into my life.

2016-07-16-14-31-07-2What I did not feel gratitude for was my seven am wakeup call the next day to jump on a train to Belgium where one of our Remotes, Brecht, was from. He had planned an entire weekend trip for about 16 Remotes, including tours of the city, a tour of the Stella Factory and a big BBQ with his family and friends. While we made a stop in Brussels the last day, we spent most of the weekend in Leuven, his home town. Imagine cobblestone streets, cute bars and restaurants, lots of beautiful people and a nightlife that never stops. If nothing else, we all had a little bit better idea as to why Brecht parties the way he does.

I also never realized that mussels and fries were such a staple in Belgium. Also, Belgian waffles are no joke. Especially when they come with chocolate sauce and ice cream.

2016-07-20-13-11-31To say the four days there was a whirlwind is an understatement, but, our adventure wasn’t over yet. One of the other Remotes, Matt, and I were off to Venice to meet up with Kirsten for a few days of pizza and wine. To be entirely honest, Venice is pretty underwhelming unless you have lots of money or a hubby there with you. But, we did the gondola ride, ate the pizza, roamed the streets and spent the last day at the infinity pool at the JW Marriott located on one of the islands. Not a bad way to end a week-long excursion.

We had a sunset dinner and a few bottles of wine to close out our last night. When Friday morning finally rolled around, we were all happy to be heading back to our little nooks in London Town to live up our last week. It definitely did not disappoint.

With love, Paige


Lover of all things travel, food, fitness and cocktails. Currently the Community Director at Ampsy, supporter of the #yesphx community and always on the lookout for the next adventure.