Wednesday, October 22, 2008
when cade and i were planning out life here in belgium, we pretty much blocked off all weekends for travel to other countries. little did we know, world expo '58 was hosted right here in brussels and we needn't look any further than our own backyard for hours of entertainment.
meet the atomium. belgium pulled out all the stops when hosting the world by creating this large atom thing to bring awareness to atomic power. it was only supposed to be a temporary display, but years later, it's still around.
each ball has a different theme, and we spared no time inspecting them all. most of them were filled with info on the '58 expo. pretty much we now know everything about the expo... including how many babies were born at the actual fair, how many people committed suicide there, how many waffles were consumed and so on.
to get from ball to ball, we traveled on long escalators through the tubes you see pictured above. very space age.
from the top of the atomium, we saw loads of great places to see next including:
an entire building made of beer crates (the belgians love their beer)
and this huuuuge park. we spent the rest of the day walking across the park and wandering back to our apartment.
not everyone in the world has a huge atom thingy in their backyard. we are blessed.