Unfortunate as it was I had to come back from Boulder sometime! I had an amazing trip to Colorado - Boulder and the surrounding countryside are truly a beautiful place to be! I can understand why my friend Tracey is so happy living there.
The trip involved sight-seeing, hiking, biking, parties, shopping, movies and plenty of time just to relax. A perfect holiday experience.
The first day I stayed in Boulder and just got acclimatised to the 5600ft elevation and the jet lag - living at sea level I am not used to such altitudes but I was lucky to not be affected. Boulder is a beautiful city, full of open space, cycle lanes and fantastic views of the Flatirons and the Rocky Mountains wherever you look. There are so many fit and healthy looking people - the joys of 300 days of sunshine and ample opportunities to make the most of the outdoors - unlike Scotland where we probably have 300 days of rain and even though the scenery is amazing and the opportunities vast the weather can be a little off-putting. It is a great city to wander about - cars are polite and observe the needs of pedestrians and cyclists alike and there are lots of places to wander. We also went to see Arturo Sandoval the Cuban jazz trumpeter in concert.
Friday I went with Tracey to Denver (where she works) and spent the day wandering downtown Denver - seeing the State Capitol, Denver Art Museum's new building designed by Daniel Libeskind a truly modern looking piece of architecture, wandering the 16th Street Mall, having lunch at one of the most amazing bookstores - The Tattered Cover - before meeting Tracey for a beer and back to Boulder. In Boulder we went to the Dushabne Tea House for dinner - an amazing teahouse built by Boulder's twin town of Dushabne in Tajikistan - the only one of its kind outside Tajikistan.