Madrid is a big city with a huge amount of restaurants. It is not easy to find the good restaurants and not end up in tourist traps. During our stay, we had some amazing food here by doing some good research using other blogs and TripAdvisor.
In order to explore more of Belgium, I decided to go to Antwerp and wander around Zurenborg, a neighbourhood in the south-east of Antwerp. A lot of houses are in Art-Nouveau style which are centered on Cogels-Osy Lei, Transvaalstraat, and Waterloostraat. The houses are often named and decorated with certain themes but sometimes groups of houses are combined to form a general theme. On the four corners of the Waterloostraat and Generaal Merlenstraat intersection, for example, are houses with decorations depicting the four seasons.
When meeting up with friends, we always go to diner. Normally, we try to go to a different restaurant every time. Except this one; when we are meeting in Sint-Niklaas, we always go to Bizzy Beloy because of the great service and the good food.
A lot of people say it is impossible to have good (and healthy) food in the US. They say you only can get fast food like burgers and pizza. During our trip (and previous trips to the US), we discovered that you can get really good food, sometimes by doing some research, like using Tripadvisor or yelp for example. In the small towns, the local diner always has a big variety of choices for not only dinner, but also lunch and especially breakfast. Also in the supermarket, you have more choices for healthy and adapted food then we have in Belgium.
When we were interviewed at the airport in Amsterdam about our trip to the US, we got the question why Des Moines? Why? Well, we were invited to celebrate the wedding of friends. It was a very nice and lovely experience to be part of. We had a very good time in Des Moines and had the chance to catch up with old friends.