Each year the ECC team members go on a 2-day surprise trip organized by one of the members.
This year Herman, and his lovely wife Marijke, did organize the trip. For once we did know the destination: Antwerp. But we did not know what we would do in Antwerp.
Weeks in advance we got mails from Herman with tips. Some were easy, others very difficult.
At 10 in the morning our trip started in the beautiful Central Station of Antwerp, with an introduction in the habits and religion of the Jewish people living in Antwerp. We did learn about the 613 rules for Jewish, the food and at about 3000 jokes, …. We did visit a Synagog and had a Kosher mail at Hoffy’s with an animated explanation by one of the brothers.
In the afternoon Herman was our, very well prepared, guide to the city center of Antwerp. He showed us fantastic historical monuments as the Cathedral, the Town Hall, Het Steen, the statue of Brabo with the legend of the city, but also the pubs that coloured his own live.
In the evening we had a nice diner in ‘De Peerdestal’ and after a last drink in town in the mythic ‘De Muze’ we went back to the hotel, were some went to sleep and others drank an other drink.
We started day 2 with a guided tour of the ‘Bonnaparte at the Scheldt’ exhibition in the MAS museum. After lunch we took a boat to discover one of the biggest harbors of Europe, a pity the sun was not shining.
Herman showed us around in the red light district and some other great places and then it was time for a great diner before we took the train back home with in our hands: some ‘Antwerpse Handjes’ (chocolates) and a touristic brochure made by Herman.
But most important of all we went home with good souvenirs to all these interesting places and the great time we had and some extra ‘wistje datjes’ (things to know).
Up to next years trip organized by Jan and Veronique.