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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?

The Problem with being Half-Blind

We’d landed in San Francisco at lunch time on Saturday. The lovely Diyosa came to meet us off the plane and delivered us safely to our hotel (the wonderful Hotel Del Sol where we also stayed the last time we were in SF). At some point, we wandered down to Tacolicious on Chestnut Street and ordered some food. And then, after what seemed like whole decades had passed (i.e. at around 6pm), we gave up trying to stay awake and fell into bed. I think I was awake again at 2am and tossed and turned restlessly for a while until Amélie came through at 4. Han and I pretended we thought she should go back to bed again for about 5 seconds before acknowledging that we were both actually quite grateful for the excuse not to be trying to sleep anymore ourselves. And so out came The Screens (1 phone, 1 iPod, 1 camera) while we left Charlie to snore in the next room. Now here comes the problem with being half-blind: when you go to take a picture in the dark without your glasses on, first of all, the thing you really want to be in focus probably won’t be. Second of all, people can pull faces and you won’t have a friggin’ clue until you’re flicking though your pictures later that day. And so, because I am half-blind, these are my first pictures of America 2014 – Hanno gurning in the dark.

2 May 2014 - 8:51 PM amanda - hehe very cute, love the torch lighting :)

26 May 2014 - 8:55 AM annie - hahahaha Hanno! priceless! ps. I have been oogling the heck out of your lovely friend Diyosa's blog. stunnnning. pss. I'm sorry I've comment-bombed your Monday morning. have a great week ;) hehe

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