Everyone in Gent was out in full force. It was so crowded. (And yet, unbelievably quiet-- I love this aspect of Flemish culture. There is no way you could have that many Americans in one place and have such a low noise level.)
I snapped a few pictures and enjoyed feeling the sun really shine on my face for the first time in months. This Florida girl is ecstatic. My dear friend and fellow Fulbrighter Jessica and I went shopping and sat on the edge of the Graslei drinking fruit smoothies and marveling at the blue sky; it was as if the city had taken on a totally new persona. It was a truly fabulous way to spend a Saturday afternoon.