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On Being Boring

I moved from London to Brussels with my husband nearly 10 years ago. When I told people we were moving, the news was greeted with bemusement: why did we want to move to a city that was possibly the most boring place on earth? Ten years later and I can honestly say that I've had more fun here than I ever did living in London. It might not be the most exciting city in the world but it is a fantastic place to live. It is full of hidden treasures that you probably never get to see as a tourist: wonderful shops, amazing food, great museums and galleries, beautiful architecture, a forest (yes, a whole forest), and so much more... And if that doesn't convince you, well, get on a train and you could be in Paris, Amsterdam, Cologne or, yes, London in no more than a couple of hours... Which other city can you say that about?

America 2012 – Part 8 (Twin Falls & Pendleton)

I wanted to do all the photos from just after leaving Zion to right up until Seattle in one go. But there are still too many for one post. So you get our drive away from Zion (sniff!)… … to Twin Falls (and hotel no. 8).(I couldn’t decide how to edit these to make them more interesting – so I tried three different ways and kept them all)(and I have none of the falls themselves because my pictures were full on ugly – no really)These two aren’t ugly though, are they? Not at all. The one of Amélie is at Yet Another Flippin McDonalds. The one of Charlie is back at the hotel. He is obsessed with doors, keys, and all things lock-related. He even managed to lock us out of our bathroom in Zion. I had to pick the lock with a broken fork so we could stop the bath before it overflowed. Our next stop was Pendleton and hotel no. 9 – there are no pictures of the hotel because I got really ill and just wanted to sleep. By the time I woke up again, I felt fine. Fine enough to venture out to the Main Street Diner. Oh YUM! I ordered the James Dean. It was delicious but it looked like a road accident. All scrambled eggs and chopped up tomatoes and sausage. Yes really.This shop was opposite the diner. I don’t know why but there’s something I like about the picture. Maybe it’s the one window with closed curtains and smelly trainers on display. Hmmm… Anyway, where was I? We left Pendleton after breakfast and hit the road again (heading for Multnomah Falls where we were meeting TARA! Yey!). I think it would be fair to say that, by this point, Amélie might have been getting a little fed up with spending so much time strapped into a car seat. But she still found ways to entertain herself me.Okay, this isn’t a fabulous picture but I think it’s one of Hanno’s favorites. Have I mentioned before how he LOVES trains? Well, he LOVES trains. And have you seen the train in this picture? It goes right across the frame. Even I had to admit, that was one pretty cool train. This is the weather as we came into Oregon. Lovely isn’t it? But you know what: I can’t complain. We were so lucky with the weather everywhere else that we were due a downpour or two. And besides: we weren’t heading to Portland to sightsee. We were heading to Portland to hug some friends. Talking of which:TAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARAAAAAAAAAA! Amélie was happy to see her. Or to be out of the car. One or the other. And yes, that’s Tara in the blue hoody telling Amélie off. Except she wasn’t actually telling her off. It just looks like she was. She was probably saying something like “do you know how happy I am to see you?”. Right Tara?

21 June 2012 - 8:18 PM tara leigh - i think she was asking me what the people behind you were doing, and i was attempting to create an interesting story that might amuse her... but yes, my hand gesture looks quite stern... i was hugging her all the rest of the time, i swear!! haha.

21 June 2012 - 8:25 PM Cass - Yes! There was a woman doing yoga in the rain right behind you!

21 June 2012 - 9:54 PM tara leigh - YES!! that's right... with no shoes on, if memory serves. amelie found that quite odd. i just said... welcome to portland.

21 June 2012 - 10:08 PM katie - :-)))))

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