My wife and I stayed in Brussels at the Floris Arlequin Grand’Place (Rue de la Fourche 17-19, B-1000, Brussels, Belgium; phone 00 32  2 514 16 15, fax 514 22 02), May 7-9, 2012, having booked online.
Whenever I travel, I carry two Canon cameras with interchangeable lenses. On the old one, an EOS, I keep a wide-angle lens. On my new Rebel XTi, which has image stabilization, I keep a telephoto lens. This solves two problems.
During a month in Africa with friends (June-July 2012), I boarded a fast boat from Entebbe, Uganda ($129 round trip), for a 45-minute ride to Ngamba Island, which houses the Ngamba Chimpanzee Sanctuary (phone +256 414 320 662).