One Year of Traveling the World

One Year of Traveling the World

Reflecting on 365 days of continuous travel, having visited 17 different countries on 4 different continents, doing most of it while pregnant, and having a baby in a foreign country. Cheers to another year of adventure!

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Easy Belgian Liege Waffle Recipe - The Famous, Best Tasting, Belgian Waffles - WITHOUT "PEARL SUGAR"

Easy Belgian Liege Waffle Recipe - The Famous, Best Tasting, Belgian Waffles - WITHOUT "PEARL SUGAR"

Easy belgian liege waffle recipe. The best waffles from Belgium. Best waffles in the world. How to make belgian waffles. How to make liege waffles. Easy way to make liege waffles. Can I make Belgian waffles? Do it yourself Belgian Liege waffles. Make Belgian Liege waffles at home! No pearl sugar, no Belgian waffle iron, no blender necessary.

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Waffles and fries, but no waffle fries

Belgian waffles were one of my FAVORITE breakfast foods while growing up. I particularly liked them with strawberries and a healthy topping of whipped cream. An added scoop of vanilla ice cream didn’t hurt either. But even just plain with some butter and maple syrup was a winner. Needless to say, I was looking forward to trying Belgian waffles IN Belgium!

 
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But did you know there are two different types of waffles in Belgium? And neither one is quite like the type served in the US. The Brussels waffle is closest to what is served as a Belgian waffle in the US. It’s rectangular with defined edges and is light and crispy. You can get toppings or just have it with some powdered sugar.

Liege waffles are the other type of waffle you can find in Belgium. They are made with a bread-like dough so they are much more dense. Pearl sugar is in the batter and caramelizes when cooked in the waffle iron. They are served with toppings in tourist areas and are delicious. However, the best ones we had were from a food stall at a weekend market that were served plain because they definitely didn’t need any toppings. The outside was grilled perfectly and the inside was soft and chewy – the whole thing was melt in your mouth delicious and if we’re ever back in Brussels we’re going to get at least two each instead of one.

 
 

Another famous Belgian snack is fries. Although they are called “French fries” in the states, they apparently only got that name because the fellow who introduced it to America spoke French. He was Belgian. The fries in Belgium are double fried. That means they can use thicker fries and fry them at a lower temperature first to cook them all the way through. Then they fry them a second time at a higher temperature just long enough to make the outside crispy. The fries are good by themselves, but you can also choose from a variety of fry sauces. The sauces usually cost a little extra, but you can also get a large bottle at the supermarket for a reasonable price if you have a favorite.

 
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With all the waffles and fries around, you might think you’d see some waffle fries. We spent about a week eating our way through Brugge and Brussels, but did not see any waffle fries. Have you ever been to Belgium? Which do you like better, Brussels or Liege waffles? What’s your favorite fry sauce? Let us know in the comments!

Roadway Roundabouts

 
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I’ve seen roundabouts in the United States. They aren’t all that common, but you come across them from time to time. Compared to other countries that we’ve been to, the United States is an extreme outlier.

Most countries that we’ve visited so far opt to use these roundabouts instead of using traffic signals. I believe there were zero working traffic signals remaining in Lanzarote in the canary islands. This isn’t because they can’t afford them though… as I previously thought the case might be for Vietnam when someone told me a story about “the only traffic signal in Vietnam” many years ago. Of course they have a few more now, but the truth of the story is that traffic roundabouts are just more preferred in most countries.

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You will find them three in a row sometimes. Or even two that are connected to each other - as we saw in some places near Sheffield, England. However, the drivers are quite well used to driving around them. In fact, I would go so far as to say that people driving in the U.K. are experts at them. They know exactly when to move into the inner lane and when to come out. They use the right signals as they pass each exit on the circle. And they exit as if the circle was never there to begin with, with a fluid transition.

Belgium has some very unique roadways. There are laws that you would never imagine in the United States. People can occasionally just fly out from a side street in front of you while you technically have no stop signs because you’re on a main road. But, they have the right of way if you don’t see a small diamond sign. This is called “priority to the right” and it’s worth looking up if you’re planning on driving in Belgium.

Additionally, large concrete pillars are sometimes in the roadway just to block spots you shouldn’t be in - so, don’t drift! When it comes to traffic circles, though, the Belgians don’t use the inner circles. They seem to only drive in the outer circle lane, possibly to make sure they can always exit without worrying about the “priority to the right” situation.

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Either way, Americans typically always use the outer lane as well… but that’s probably because many don’t really know how to use the traffic roundabouts very well anyway. I mean, I don’t think I’ve ever seen them on the DMV tests that they make us take for our drivers license? It was interesting to see instructions in our rental car in Ireland, though. It was very specific - they not only were playing a video, on repeat, in both the rental car kiosk and on the bus on the way to pick up the car, but there was a paper explaining how to make a left turn, go straight, or right turn from a circle in the glove box.

Anyway, it turns out that in our 6 months outside of the United States, we have seen traffic signals just as rarely as we’ve seen traffic roundabouts in the United States. This means that while traffic signals are most commonly used at intersections in the U.S., traffic circles are most commonly used at intersections in other countries.

How well are you at driving around traffic roundabouts?

Travelversary – Month 6!

 
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Six months of traveling non-stop! The latter half of which we found out we’re expecting a baby, and I’m sorry I didn’t do months 3-5 recaps. Can we agree to blame it on first trimester tiredness and morning sickness?

 

Here’s our recap of month 6, and a few things we’ve learned this past half a year.

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Flights taken: 2 – London to Dublin, Dublin to Brussels

Cars rented: 2 – Dublin and Brussels

Airbnbs: 5 – Dublin, Ballymoney, Kilrush, Killarney, Brugge

Hotels: 1 – Last night in Dublin

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Highlights: We visited so many gorgeous places this month! Ireland and Northern Ireland are beautiful. Some of the best sights were seen during our drives around the countries. It’s no wonder that many of the picturesque locations were chosen as filming sites for TV shows and movies.

Brugge is truly a fairytale city. As a UNESCO World Heritage city, it attracts many tourists but still manages to keep its charm.

On a more personal note, we got to feel baby moving around for the first time and get more ultrasound photos! We also found out the gender!

 

Lowlights: Hot water was limited in some Airbnbs so we both got to experience freezing cold showers on a couple occasions. Brrr!

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 Month 6 lessons: After driving on the left side of the road for 3 months it was starting to feel normal. When we got to Belgium where they drive on the right side, it was confusing for the first couple of days. It was especially difficult to remember to stay right when making a left turn, and which way to go at the roundabouts.

Ireland is less crowded in September, but also much colder. It was nice to be able to drive the Ring of Kerry and visit popular sites without the traffic and long lines. We were, however, very happy to arrive in Belgium and be greeted by short-sleeves weather.

 

Half-year thoughts: How has it already been 6 months since leaving Orlando?! While we do miss family and friends back home, we’ve been fortunate to be able to meet up with some during our travels and we are also enjoying exploring and traveling together. Additionally, it’s been really wonderful to make new friends and get to know people from around the world. We continue to meet people who wish they could travel more, travel longer, travel cheaper, etc. but don’t know how. We’re working hard on this website to help the people we’ve met and anyone else that wants to travel. If that’s you, leave a comment below and let us know what’s stopping you from traveling. We’ll do our best to help you out!