Or should I say “Au revoir“?
To end my recollections of Belgium I’m going to leave you with a bunch of photos and some lessons that I learned about photographing things while on holiday.
The Atomium – Brussels
Lesson #1: Take pictures of cool stuff, especially if you don’t have the time to visit. Pictures can help remind you why you want to go back to a place.
Lesson #2: Copyrights are insane.
Manneken Pis – Brussels
[No lesson, although some day I’d like to see him dressed up in one of his costumes, which is another reason to go back to Brussels]
Everard ‘t Serclaes Monument [with Person] – Brussels
Lesson #3: Be patient. If someone’s in the way, don’t just snap a picture and be done with it. Either wait for a moment when the way is clear, or don’t bother. Otherwise you’ll be stuck with a photo of some stranger blocking the thing you really wanted to photograph.
Lesson #4: It doesn’t hurt to be a little superstitious. It is said that if you touch the statue’s arm that you will return to Brussels for sure (you can see the guy on the left doing this). I did not touch the statue – partly due to the crowd and partly because I was feeling too cool to be superstitious. I now wish I had, because it wouldn’t have hurt. Plus, all the touching keeps the statue shiny.
Don Quixote and Sancho Panza – Brussels
Lesson #5: Taking pictures of random things can pay off in the end. My closest connection to this statue was that I was in “Man of La Mancha” in Grade 11, but I liked taking pictures of statues. A couple of years later I saw a music video that had a scene shot in front of this same statue. Now I can proudly yell “I was there!” whenever I see the video.
Lesson #6: Always name your photos. Thank goodness for digital photos and our ability to rename them. If not, I might have forgotten that this is a photo I took of the charming little village of Theux where A and I stayed, played Badminton, ate Tarte aux Riz, and had an all around great time.
Snow in Liege
Lesson #7: Even if you’re not sure it’ll work out, take photos anyway. This is probably the best picture I’ve ever taken of falling snow and I love it. And it was in Liege, where A and I had a lovely meal with a friend of hers.
Lesson #8: Always back up your photos. I once forgot to back up my photos before formatting my computer. This was devestating, since it was all my England/Belgium photos. Luckily I was able to get most of them back after using a very awesome recovery program, but it was only the majority. I lost the picture of me hugging a stone in Stonehenge, and the picture of A and O looking artsy on a train. So, seriously, always back up your photos.