With almost everyone speaking English, never as strange as our trip to rural Italy, but much more of a "culture shock" than our trip to London. Many unique local customs. One little thing that was "different"--you can't get a glass of tap water at a restaurant--where there was a nice markup on the local bottled water. So I'd sit with a huge beer served in the specific brand glass, while Mrs Pumpkin almost paid the same amount for a much smaller glass of water or soda. Coffee was always good but very few "quick takeout" places, so usually had to kill some time at a cafe.
Meals usually meant long sit down affairs where they were reluctant to bring over the check--usually our long (expensive) meal was dinner. Otherwise it was sweet "Liege" waffles from a stand in the morning (could load them with toppings, plain was fine by itself.) I liked the odd shaped Liege waffle with sugar put in the batter much better than the square and dry Brussels waffle that had powdered sugar dumped on it. Found some good bread shops in our travels. Farm frites--french fries--were OK but nothing special, and had them for lunch snack or they were the usual vegetable that accompanied Flemish stew. In Amsterdam the pancakes, which are almost as thin as crepe shells, were very good.
Photos from Geraardsbergen (The Muur)