P/ Having had a full day, joined Chwis in an evening of favouwite sampling, and eaten a delicious meal of tapas we eventually found our beds just after midnight.
W/ Yes, we were all soon asleep, none quicker than Chris who once again filled the apartment with the sounds of his slumber.
C/ There’s nothing wrong with enjoying a good nights sleep. Sign of a clear conscience.
P/ Or a desensitised conscience, Chwis.
C/ Polie, you are such a disbeliever. Such a curse on you.
W/ Anyway, guys, we were all deep in our dreams.
P/ Then you got up for the toilet at about 3.00am, Wic.
W/ Yes, and the lights were not working. In fact, when I reached the toilet I could smell that smell of electrical burning. I took my torch and started to search the apartment. Then you woke and joined me, Polie.
P/ I had woken as I heard you moving awound and also smelt burning. The lift into the apartment was no longer working so we went to the staircase. When I opened the door we saw the smoke.
W/ By this time even Chris was concerned…
P/ No he wasn’t, Wic, he slept on, oblivious.
W/ Yes, I was being a little sarcastic, Polie.
C/ I knew I had nothing to worry about with you two fine fellows in the apartment. My trust was made manifest in my disposition.
Polie looks at Wic and rolls his eyes.
P/ Whatever, Chwis.
W/ Anyway, the smoke continued to rise and then came the most difficult moment.
P/ Yes, we had to wake Chwis. But we couldn’t.
W/ Blue lights were now flashing outside and realising we had to act we…
P/ Whapped him up in his duvet and dragged him down the spiwal staircase.
C/ And you were none to careful! I ached for days!
W/ But we got you out none to soon as firemen began to enter the building.
P/ The kind policemen who had also awived took us over the road to the Jazz Bar where the staff were clearing up after closing.
C/ Yes, they recognised me as a good customer from the previous evening and offer us a drink.
P/ And we took water because we need to wecover from the fumes and smoke.
C/ An opportunity missed. I couldn’t believe it.
W/ And that’s where we spent the rest of the night. The firemen put out a fire in the basement started by an electrical fault. Fortunately the fire door had worked as this was an old building with a lot of wood.
P/ Yes, someone was looking after us.
C/ I give thanks that God gave Wic a weak bladder.
W/ Thank you, Chris. And we give thanks that the firemen caught you before you caused to much mayhem when you decided to climb into one of the fire engines.
P/ Yes, they weren’t best pleased when the siwens suddenly came on a 5.00am.
C/ I was only being curious and I thought, after they took the axe away from me and wouldn’t let me join in smashing down doors that they would be OK if I sat in the engine.
P/ Fortunately our AirBnB host moved us to a nice hotel nearby in the early morning and we could take you away from the excitement.
W/ Yes, after a shower and a change of clothes we were ready for another days exploring. Strange how we took everything in our stride.
C/ My leadership no doubt.
P/ Wic, we should have left him and gone and explored.
W/ Polie, we were on our way to the oldest brewery in Antwerp. If we hadn’t taken the moose we would never have heard the end of it.