From the People's Republic of Boulder

It has not been 24 hours yet, so who knows – but so far we are in love! What a town! Twenty years ago we crossed Boulder off our “places to live” list for reasons that seem stupid today. Too close to a large city, too harsh of a winter.

Today we walked along the Boulder River, walked down the Pearl Street Pedestrian area, walked around the Mapleton neighborhood, then did a short hike to the Red Rocks. The town ends right at the hills and there are walking/hiking trails everywhere!

The town population is larger than Santa Fe – 100,000 (Santa Fe is 70,000), but almost half that is University of Colorado students and staff. Boulder is part of a 2.8 million population area, but the green belt that surrounds the town to the east and the mountains to the west make it seem separate.

Downtown is lively and fun. There is the most amazing non-chain bookstore on Pearl Street. Last night we had a great dinner at Sunshine, a very good vegetarian restaurant.

But as I said, it has not been 24 hours yet. I would upload a photo, but I forgot to bring a cable.

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Pauline Kenny

Pauline Kenny and Steve Cohen are US expats living in Dorset. We moved to the UK in 2010. Read about our move. If you would like to talk about travel, please join us on the Slow Europe Travel Forums.