A loud boom went off as we heard something hit the plane, with a quick, bright flash of light illuminating the window. Our plane was struck by lightning. At first, we thought it was a poor bird that collided with the wing or something. The pilot had warned us to expect turbulence as we started to descend to land in Brussels, Belgium, but then the plane started to waver heavily. The passengers (us included) started to chatter and speculate about the possibilities. Was it a bird? Did a phalange fall off? Cause to be a little worried? Uh, yes. But we landed safely (albeit with much turbulence), and we turned out fine and the plane was fine, so the pilot explained. Once we landed, the whole plane crowd started applauding and you can hear the nervous laughters of relief. Phew. That was a close one. We looked out the window as we waited for people to de-plane, and it started to hail. I haven't seen hail since we lived in Washington state. 5 degrees Celsius? Damn it's cold.
Anyway, we are all good in the hood. We then proceeded to indulge in some Neuhaus Belgian truffle chocolates from Brussels. Visited the Diamond VIP lounge where they served Belgian beers on tap. I went to go buy some quick sandwiches for us while Jay went to the loo... And as I'm checking out, the young cash register guy offers me a free drink. I said no, thanks. After I pay, the cash register guy clasps his hands together and says "ARIGATO!!" thinking he is all clever and culturally aware. ARIGATO? I guess that's one universal way to say thanks. I walked away amused and went back and told Jay "arigato sandwich for you."
There's our short time in Belgium in a nutshell. Life is like a box of Belgian chocolates. You never know what yer gon' get!