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Antwerp with my sister (14.11.2015) [Dec. 2nd, 2015|11:49 am]
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There are a few reasons for this backlogged post.
First there is the fact that I took analog cameras with me, and it took a while 'till I finished shooting up the rolls, and then of course I had to send them in to get developed and I had to wait for the negatives to come back so I could scan them.
So that took a good while.

And when I did have them all scanned, I heard about my friend Shota, and I just didn't feel like writing "look what I did" type blog posts.

But as many people have pointed out around me, life must go on, and will go on, so there you go.

Even though it was the day after the Paris attacks, my sister and I point blank refused to not meet up (as we don't get to meet up often at all), and even though the NMBS and MIVB were less than cooperative, we managed to get to Antwerp.

The security in Central station was tight, and it was the kind of security typical of Antwerp: the kind that makes you wonder what and when bad things are about to happen, rather than the kind that reassures you that nothing will happen. Clearly Jambon still hasn't figured out how to properly do his job, and sadly I don't think that right wing extremist incompetent fool ever will.

I got there before her, so I grabbed something to eat at Panos and took some photos :)

Antwerp Central Station

Antwerp Central Station

Antwerp Central Station

Antwerp Central Station

I wanted to get a drink at Starbucks too, but the barista took one look at me, and point blank REFUSED to serve me. I mean... WTF.
Needless to say: I won't be going to that particular Starbucks ever again. Jeez.

At Panos the girl serving people accidently got me the wrong pastry. No harm, no faul, they aren't positioned nor named really well, I pointed it out without a fuss, she immediately replaced it, also without a fuss. And then the guy behind me, who had initially seemsed really nice, decided that because the girl possibly made a mistake (because again, it's a massively confusing set up) he was going to bitch at her. I mean... wut.
If she had been difficult about exchanging my order or had been rude about it, sure it would be nice that someone also spoke up. But she was friendly, professional and did NOTHING wrong. So I politely pointed out that mistakes happen and that there was no harm done, so there was no need to keep going on about it. Seriously, some people. I can't help but wonder if he had reacted the same way as the girl had been white.

We spent some time in Lush, where I found out that ALL their products contain parabens, including methylparaben (this came directly from one of the shop girls). They just don't list it in most cases because apparently when you stay under a certain amount, you don't have to list it. But you do have to tell people when they ask you about it.
I mean...
So it's ok to put unlisted toxic waste in your products that are likely to cause cancer for companies, but if we are to believe politicians it's in the public interest to take away our rights to privacy and freedom of speech.
Surely I'm not the only one who sees the flaw in this.
Conclusion, I point blank to buy or use anything from Lush.
I didn't really shop there before, but now I definitely WON'T.
Not even to buy products for anyone else. If others want to use it, fine, but I won't be aiding and abetting them slowly poisening themselves.

On the way to lunch, we popped into Stadsfeestzaal, where I of course had to test my Agfa Click. The double exposure works fine :D

double exposure at the Stadsfeestzaal

And a photo without double exposure


We had lunch at Greenway, well my sister did, because I had had lunch at Panos whilst waiting for her to arrive (I got to Central before her) and I just had a apple & mint juice (omnomnom). Bérengère was kind enough to let me steal her qustomer points, which meant I had enough for a free wrap (which Bert ate by now).
I'm not terribly keen on the food at Greenway since they changed the menu (bring back the spinach and the carrot burgers goddammit!) but I like their fresh juice drinks and desserts. I also don't mind just going along and having a drink and grabbing food from some place else :)

I took a picture of my sister in which she looks like a vampire due to the flash on my Pentax, but I'm not posting it because I like living.

After that we spent more time hanging around Antwerp, I bought a pack of Lomography 120mm film at FNAC, she bought stuff at UNIQLO (who apparently have the most comfortable jeans ever ^^) and then we went to the cinema where I was going to meet up with Agnes to hand over Tsum Tsums (and accept money for said Tsum Tsums) ^^
We were a little early but that was ok :)

We kept on wondering why there were so few people in the streets, thinking it had something to do with the attacks in Paris the day before, but it turned out that everyone was at the Sinterklaas entry. I was hoping to shoot some Zwarte Pieten (black Pete's) like last year, but we only saw two hanging out in Central station. And the light there was too shitty to take a good photo :(

It wasn't late at all yet, but because the trains and other public transport weren't going the way they should, we decided to go home quite early, just so we wouldn't actually arrive home at stupid o' clock. But before heading into the station, more picture taking happened.

pretty dragon window art

Astrid square

Antwerp Central Station

Antwerp Central Station

Normally we don't have to take the same train, but because I was going to a different station where Bert would pick me up, this time for about half the trip we did take the same train, huzzah! :)

And once we headed inside, more attempts at picture taking still happened.

Antwerp Central Station

Selfie on the train:

Selfie in the train home

[User Picture]From: howlin_wolf_66
2015-12-02 02:01 pm (UTC)
Nice photos; glad you had a good day. :-)
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[User Picture]From: kittensandsteam
2015-12-02 03:22 pm (UTC)
Yeah I'll definitely go shopping again when the Sinterklaas entry is, everyone will be there instead of clogging up stores :D
Although if you go early enough that day, you can see tons of Black Pete's in the street entertaining kids and it's always fun to see them in action, they're very funny :)
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[User Picture]From: countlibras
2015-12-04 08:20 pm (UTC)
>>I took a picture of my sister in which she looks like a vampire due to the flash on my Pentax, but I'm not posting it because I like living.

haha! I'd probably be obnoxious enough that I would still post it if I had such a photo of my sister.

love the photos. sounds like a fun day. :)
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[User Picture]From: kittensandsteam
2015-12-04 08:38 pm (UTC)
I did consider it, I really did, but I don't really want to know what kind of vicious revenge she'll extract on me so I went with the way of self-preservation :D
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