|Antwerp: June 5, 7 and 10
||[Jun. 13th, 2016|02:37 pm]
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Because I went to Antwerp 3 times in 6 days, it would be better to post about those days in one go rather than make three separate posts or another one with "what I did last weekend" as subject :)
Beware, here be lots of fun photos and fashion!
Sunday the 5th, was not just the first Sunday of the month, it was also a shopping Sunday (like every first Sunday of the month), meaning that a lot of stores (mostly the ones on the big streets) were open. It was also the UNIQLO MoMu Sundays, on which the fashion museum (MoMu) is free. I quite like going to museums, and it's not that the fashion museum puts on a bad show, it really doesn't, it's just that the exhibits are far too small for the price they charge. So a free day was definitely appreciated.
Before we went to MoMu, however, we first popped into various stores (I can't remember whether I bought anything so I probably didn't) and stopped for a drink.
When we got into MoMu they told us we'd need a ticket because the ticket, along with a voucher that came with it, were good for a free airism t-shirt per person. Huzzah! And UNIQLO was open that day, so we could go an exchange it without having to go back to Antwerp. Double huzzah!
The security of the MoMu has become much stricter after the Brussels attacks. You're not allowed to take ANY bags (you used to have to put your backpack in a locker, but not your handbag). You're allowed to put stuff in your pockets, and if you really need to take something in, like medication, they'll give you a clear plastic bag. Note to self: buy a damn plastic handbag for these occasions!
I personally think it's a bit ridiculous, but there you go.
Here's some exhibit photos! There will be a proper review on The Gatehouse and in the next edition of BCM soon so look out for that if you care about museums!
After the exhibit, we of course picked up our free tops at UNIQLO. There was only one colour and one design for both men and women, and Bert was lucky enough to get the last XL t-shirt for men. I got a sleeveless underwear top. Both are white. I'm actually really pleased with it being white, because it means I have a top to go under my cool boxy asos shirts and I can wear them in summer without boiling to death, huzzah!
I snapped a picture of the ferris wheel before we got on the train home.
This is what we came home to: Shinto on my desk, having eaten half of our basil plant. She really mutilated that poor plant, I don't think it's going to make it to be honest :( And you know, we've only had it since February... stupid pretend dragon!
She was really smug about it too, even though she knows she's not allowed on my desk and just has to ask if she wants some basil!
On Monday the 5th it turned out that the pair of glasses I used with a sunglasses clip had one lens that had gone to pot. Of course, seeing these clips are made custom for specific pairs, it wouldn't fit on any of my other glasses.
There is no way I can afford proper Theo sunglasses right now, and seeing I had to be in town anyway I decided to check out some local optician chains.
Pearle was closed, and had no opening hours visible anywhere. True professionalism right there.
And then I checked out Hans Anders, who advertised free lenses with a frame, but when they heard my prescription it turned out that of course that wasn't available for me, and it'd still cost me € 119. For inferior quality frames (seriously, they're like plastic toy frames) and lenses that are probably fail on a stick too. I spent AGES in that store waiting for my turn (just to get some info) and I have to say that what I saw didn't reassure me. At all.
Seriously I know why I shell out to the max at Somers opticians in Antwerp.
When I got home, I called Pearle (because calling after 4pm is free anyway), and _of course_ their customer service department, couldn't actually say whether or not my prescription would qualify for their sunglasses deals. Again: fabulous professionalism right there. NOT.
So I called Somers to ask about a custom clip for my fabulous (I think they are fabulous at least) retro frames (the ones I usually wear) and they told me it would be € 85 to sort them out, on whichever frame I wanted, but that the largest frame is always better because that way they could just adjust them to a smaller frame later if needed.
That meant that even with the audacious € 9,40 for a weekday train ticket, it'd still be cheaper to have a clip made. Which is better quality than the crap they sell at Hans Anders anyway :)
So Tuesday the 7th I caught a train to Antwerp and wandered to Somers.
Where the kind staff even offered to sort out the clip on the same day, so I wouldn't have to come back another day to pick it up.
Which was mighty nice of them, much appreciated.
I spent a couple of hours with lunch, browsing shops and eventually getting out of the sun and flopping down at a table in Mekanik Strip (after picking up Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #7), waiting for a text from Theo to pick up my clip. Afterwards I spent some time visiting Julie at her job before taking a train back home. Where the makeup brushes Charlotte helped me get (because it's cheaper to have them shipped to hers and then mine rather than pay £ 13,99 on shipping to mine direct via the brand's site) were waiting for me :)
Seriously, BEST ...COMIC ...SERIES ...EVER!
It's probably a good thing he was asleep or he'd try chewing up my brushes!
Originally Lora and I had tried to meet up weeks before to do some Disney fashion photos for the next issue of BCM. But due to the trains going on strike, we had to rescheduele _4_ times. That's right. 4. Fuck you NMBS! The plan had been to go to Louvain, but we changed our mind and went to Antwerp instead.
Friday the 10th I joined Lora on the train to Antwerp (she gets on earlier and it passes through my home station) and we first had lunch at Food Makers. The plan had been muffins, but once we were there we grabbed sandwiches instead :)
No longer starving we went to say hi to Julie and found out when her lunch break was, and in the mean time went to Mekanik Strip and the Stadsfeestzaal mall to check out Flying Tiger (we love Flying Tiger!) and take photos.
More Disney fashion in the next issue of BCM!!!
We had lunch with Julie, wandered around town some more, and I got a graphite pencil in a new shop which has seeds in the end of it! I choose mint, because Rosa and Bert LOVE mint. Of course, I'll have to write with a pencil loads so it actually gets used up :)
I'm curious to see whether it'll really grow into a plant in the end.
Of course, having found out that it's a US product, and knowing that the US is a LOT laxer when it comes to food safety than the EU is, I'm kinda disinclined to eat the mint if it does grow. In any case the plant will smell nice and will be pretty to look at I suppose.