Upon arrival in Bruges we had a bit of a scare. As Cynthia was entering the cab for the ride to the hotel she slipped and smashed her nose on the door frame. Blood began to run down her lip and there were numerous abrasions to the forehead and the bridge of her nose.

Our desitnation quickly changed from the hotel to the nearest hospital. The nurse admitted us quickly and within 20 minutes Cynthia was being x-rayed and treated. Fortunately the nose is unbroken and in tact. No concussion. All in all it took 1 hour in the emergency room and we were on our way with a prescription for extra strength ibuprofen.

The doctor spoke Dutch and a little English. When he looked at the paperwork and read where we were from he quipped “Houston, we have a problem.” The levity went a long, long way.

The hospital did not charge us. They will mail us a bill back in Houston. Can you imagine? We walked in, got treated and were sent on our way. Imagine some poor sap from the EU who spoke no English getting such good treatment in an emergency room in Houston…

All is well now and Bruges is fantastic. The Internet cafe I am in rests in the shadow of The Curch of Our Lady and is quite cool.

More when possible. Two days here and it’s off to Paris.

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7 thoughts on “Disaster

  • May 9, 2005 at 1:25 pm

    Oh, man! I hope her injuries heal quickly with the appropriate ministrations. See? Americans are hopeless jerks compared with the really nice people that populate the rest of the world. Of course, I tell you that before you visit France. (I sincerely recommend that you claim to be from Canada while there, and at all costs do not attempt the French language.)



    “And now a few words for our friends in Occupied France”:



    “Dit Dit Dit DAAAAH!”

    “Les sanglots lourds/Des violons de l’automne…
    “Blessent mon coeur/D’une langeur monotone. “

    (The long sobs of the violins of autumn
    Wound my heart with a monotonous langour)


    So, I trust you will do your best for International Relations! ;-}

  • May 9, 2005 at 3:29 pm

    Glad she’s okay, and I hope the rest of your trip is accident-free! 🙂

  • May 10, 2005 at 10:44 am

    Poor Cynthia!!! I’m glad that she is ok and that the already bad experience wasn’t made any worse because of how smoothly the maintenence ran. Wow, when you look at us from the other side of the street, & can see a bigger picture, we seem even more screwed up than we ever imagined!

    That church is absolutely BEAUTIFUL. I’m so envious… but I’m so happy that you’re getting the experience.

    Have fun! Keep updating! MISS YOU!

  • May 10, 2005 at 2:45 pm

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