Finding Nederland

That’s the end of the puns for this post – it was exhausting coming up with that one. So… Nederland. It’s a mountain town in Boulder County, Colorado. While it seems someone was having a “let’s be ironic” moment in the town-naming office that day, there is an actual reason why it’s called the same thing as the European country (which is “Netherlands” in English but “Nederland” in the native Dutch). You see, the town has had a few names over the years. Between the mid- and late-19th century, it’s…

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The wifi coffee shops in NY we couldn’t do without

Birch Coffee

The couch gets too squishy after a while, the floor too hard, we don’t have a table, and the bed is taken up with both Rob and his work (he’s still a fan of paper, unfortunately). And because we won’t compromise when it comes to living by ourselves, with a kitchen, and wifi, and air conditioning, and a nice location, it means we have to compromise on apartment size instead. And we’re happy with that. Really we are. It just means that occasionally we go a bit doolally with claustrophobia,…

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10 things I now know about Washington DC

Washington DC Capitol Building

Washington DC Capitol Building

If you’re used to New York, you can safely ignore Wikitravel when it tells you how confusing the subway system is. You’ve seen far worse. Ditto how busy the tourist attractions are. Ditto how hard it is to get a table at a popular restaurant. Every other shop is a dry cleaner. Eventually I worked out that this must be because everyone works in politics, and therefore wears suits all the time. If you bluffed your way through The ABC Song at school by mumbling through the middle third and…

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