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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?

Brussels I love you

I wish all of my friends could come and live here. I’ve been here for nearly 11 years now and it feels like home. It’s not perfect. Far too many people drive far too frequently like complete idiots. And dog owners seem to believe those big green grassy things with slides and swings in them are gigantic litter trays provided by the city for their convenience. Or if that’s too far to walk, there’s always the flat grey pavementy things in front of schools. Perfect place for your dog to take a poop. And why clean it up afterwards when it provides such an interesting texture for all the kiddies to admire? Anyway, those two things aside, I really do love it. That may be why it’s the place I’ve lived longest in my whole entire life. I spent 9 years in England in and around Hastings before moving to France. I was there for 8 years. Then I moved to London for a year. Then to Brighton. Then to Cardiff. Then back to London. And then, finally, here. Brussels. Where both of my children were born. Where I’ve been happier than I’ve ever been before. Home. Come visit us soon please!

10 January 2014 - 8:43 AM amanda - Ok see you soon :) This was from on top of the wheel? Its gorgeous !

10 January 2014 - 10:59 AM Annie - that picture! so lovely. brussels does not get the attention that it deserves. sure, you can't talk about the city without giving a couple disclaimers, but overall its hard not to fall for it!

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