We also had to "activate" the Pass by going to the ticket counter with certain information filled in already because ours was only good for 8 days within 2 months. They had sent me a packet with the ticket and you must fill in the day/mo you are traveling and record with the train number and show from where, to where each time to keep it valid. If you screw up with filling in the wrong date, you loose a day.
There are several different kinds of passes, so you really need to think out your itinerary or how you want to use the pass before buying. We also got a discount because we are seniors and were always traveling together. Eurail Passes are always 1st class. We found out that that means different things depending on the train you are traveling on.
This train offered free wifi, free coffee/tea/juice along with free rolls/croissants. The seats were extremely comfortable and spacious. There was always enough room on the rack above our seats for our small luggage. I can't tell you how many times we saw people struggle with large luggage! It really hurt to watch them. So glad we did it the smart way.
By then, the sun had come out so we made a quick decision to take advantage of it and walked down to catch a tour boat on the canal. Within 3 hours, we had seen Bruges by land and water. We now were able to make a plan for the next day, our only full day there.
Our server brought us a menu that made our mouths water! Before we knew it, we had ordered 2 huge hot chocolates, one dark and one light and an order of Belgium waffle. What we were brought was like no other experience we have ever had nor probably will!! Pictures do no justice to the giddy feeling of making your own hot chocolate out of the ingredients that were brought to us nor can it capture the smells and aroma wafting up from the huge cups. All I can say is simply that it was an epicurean delight!! One of those memorable moments that we will be talking about forever.
Hope I'm not boring you with all of this wonderful fun, culture, food, etc. Here's the link to all of our pictures for those that would like to see more. https://app.sugarsync.com/iris/wf/D646513_05977316_6886515