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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?

NYC – Day 2 (or something)

We woke up on the 41st floor, surrounded by light (the kind of light that black-out blinds would have dealt with nicely thank you very much. I mean come on! It’s a bleeding glass box that is high enough up to practically be level with the flippin’ sun. And I was exhausted. Stupid light). This was our second day in New York. Or maybe our third if you count the day we landed I suppose. In any event, we were in New York and this was the day that Ralph was coming to hang out with us and we were going to smooch Sooz again…
storyboard-26And the sun was shining. Did I mention that already? Amélie decided to do some stretches on the waterfront while we waited for Ralph.storyboard-27Obviously, I had my camera with me. But I noticed something in New York: I’m clearly far too shy with my camera. I saw people actually climbing over complete strangers to get a good shot. This guy (below) was in the musician’s face for as long as we were standing there (which was a while) and in all that time, this is the furthest he got from him. The rest of the time, his lens was practically touching his face. No manners, I tell you! Young people these days. Tut!storyboard-28In front of the Met…20160330-GY7C4182… where we spent not nearly enough time but got to visit a fair amount of the museum thanks to a series of urgent hunts for the loo (they are surprisingly far apart – but nice views on the way).storyboard-29I wasn’t going to stop, I honestly wasn’t. But Ralph and Sooz wanted pictures… Really, that’s the only reason..storyboard-30Ahh! And finally a picture of two of my favorite people. I mean that very seriously. These guys are amazing and the more I look at these pictures, the more I’m grateful for the time we got to spend together. They are truly magical, lovely, kind, funny, smart, beautiful people. I know this because my children loved them and they are good judges of character!20160330-GY7C4217 20160330-GY7C4218 20160330-GY7C4223How ridiculous is that light? Look, Sooz’s glasses even got all steamed up about it!20160330-GY7C4227The giggles these two shared over Snapchat… Good times! Good times indeed.storyboard-3320160330-GY7C4234 storyboard-32Can you see Charlie’s bird friend? They sat and chatted for at least 5 minutes with the bird hopping after him whenever he got up. I think he may have had a pocketful of pretzel crumbs as bait, but still… My little bird whisperer.20160330-GY7C4244storyboard-34Ralph, director of photography, trying to get Charlie into shot? Or maybe he was just telling him not to run down the side of the big rock (yes he did eventually fall anyway – it was almost so inevitable that I didn’t even bother to intervene). 20160330-GY7C4270 20160330-GY7C4275 storyboard-35Spot the Charlie head poking up from behind the rocks. I love how happy he is in how own little world.20160330-GY7C4280 20160330-GY7C4282

Hello? Yes, I’ve found a lone photographer wandering around the park… What’s that? The lost property office? Ok, we’ll be there soon.storyboard-36 storyboard-38storyboard-37Have I mentioned that my children loved Sooz? Head over heals, both of them.storyboard-40 storyboard-41Oh yeah, and Ralph too. But doesn’t he know it?! Look at that facestoryboard-42And finally, waiting for a table at the Brooklyn Dinner where we were served the biggest (and ever so slightly inappropriate) hotdogs ever.20160331-GY7C4353And finally not where we ate, but pretty flowers.20160331-GY7C4349Twas one of the best days ever. Sigh. Let’s do it again sometime. What do you say Ralph? Sooz?

2 May 2016 - 4:59 AM Amanda - Beautifuuuul pics!!! Looks like an awesome trip. xxx

2 May 2016 - 5:51 PM Ingrid - They are beautiful..the whole lot. The photos and the people xo

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