Touring Leuven

Today we went on a bike tour on the bikes that we rented yesterday (after we arrived) to learn the route to the classroom.

 

Arriving at Velo (place to rent bikes)

Arriving at Velo (place to rent bikes)

 

On the Bicycle Tour

On the Bicycle Tour

We stopped along a few places along the way to learn a bit about the surroundings including this castle below.

By the castle that is now used as an administrative building by the University

By the castle that is now used as an administrative building by the University

Once the bike tour was over we came back to our rooms to lock up our bikes.  A few of my friends and I took advantage of the little time we had to go to a mini market to buy some bottled water to keep in the room.  I bought a six-pack of 1.5 liter bottles; hopefully, that’ll last me a while because carrying those back to the room in my backpack wasn’t too much fun.  After that, we stopped to eat at Il Pastio.  I had a simple spaghetti plate.  It was absolutely delicious.  Best spaghetti I’ve had!

 

Awesome Spaghetti and Still Water

Awesome Spaghetti and Still Water

We then met up with a tour guide at the town hall for a two-hour walking tour.  It was very interesting and informative.  Leuven has many interesting buildings that incorporate their history.

City Hall

Town Hall

This building has various levels of statues to represent important people such as professors and biblical figures.  It was used as the headquarters during both invasions by the Germans.

University Library

University Library

This library also has a lot of symbolism.  It was designed by an American and also funded by American institutions.  So, it is only logical that this building attracted most of my attention.  The building of the library was a gift after their old library was burned by the Germans.  This library was also burned; only 20,000 of those books were salvaged.

Stars

Stars

The twelve stars on the four sides of the tower represent the forty-eight American states that participated in the funding at that time (Hawaii and Alaska not included yet).  Right next to this library is the Herbert Hoover plane, named after our president at the time, shown below.

Hoover Plane

Hoover Plane

There’s so much to share; but, I’m going to turn in for now!

 

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