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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?

I married a trainspotter

I married a trainspotter. A proper one. One who learns timetables off by heart. And has books about underground maps. Actually, not one, but many books about underground maps. Some men get all excited about football. Or sports cars. My husband gets all excited reading about proposed upgrades to the Brussels tram network. True story. Anyway, this condition is apparently genetic and has been passed on to our off-spring. I now have two train-obsessed children. Lucky lucky me.(photos from March)

7 June 2012 - 8:17 AM amanda - The new play area :) What a gorgeous scene.

7 June 2012 - 4:51 PM tara leigh - i love them. and i love all the floor space that get to get creative with. lucky buggers. MISS YOU.

7 June 2012 - 7:27 PM Cass - That space is where the dining table used to be. We moved it into the kitchen over Christmas to make more room for the christmas tree and, somehow, we've never moved it back. It does make the kitchen rather... erm... "cosy" (toe-stubbingly so). But it's worth it. Miss you too Tara. And you too Amanda!

7 June 2012 - 8:34 PM Marie - musn't show this to Jack and Gregory, they'd be so jealous of all the cool bits you have, they just have a crane, a tunnel and a bridge, it's moments like this that makes it all worthwhile having two!

7 June 2012 - 9:35 PM Cass - It's been collected over decades Marie - a lot of it used to be Hanno and Tom's, then it got passed on to their little brother Keir (10 years their junior), then to their little brother Jaie (20 years their junior), each time with new bits being added. And then it was given to Amélie and Charlie and we've added to it in turn over the last 6 years. It's as close to a family heirloom as we're ever going to get!

7 June 2012 - 8:37 PM Marie - you've been in Brussels almost 10 years?!!!!

7 June 2012 - 9:30 PM Cass - It will be 10 years next April, yup. I don't think I've ever lived in a country for such a long stretch of time. I moved to France when I was 9. Then back to England when I was 17. Then to Belgium when I was 26. Strange to think France is actually where I spent the least time. It doesn't feel like that.

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