My Favourite Canva Shortcuts

Fave Shortcuts in Canva by Thea Newcomb

My Fave Shortcut in Canva

Here Are Some of My Favourite Canva Shortcuts

In case you’ve never attended one of my Canva workshops in Scotland, I thought I’d share  some of my favourite Canva shortcuts with you today.

As a Canva Certified Creative, there’s nothing I like more than talking about Canva all day every day and teaching people tips and tricks!

Although there are a number of shortcuts that are reached by pressing a combination of keys, a few I want to share with you are single letter keyboard shortcuts.

At the the bottom of the post, I’ll show you how/where to get the full list of all of these shortcuts – both types. (pun intended)

My Fave Canva Shortcut Letter T = Text Box

    1. Give Me  a ‘T’?

      First of all the Letter ‘T’ brings up your text box. Instead of hitting “text” from the left hand side of the dashboard, I always choose to hit the letter ‘T’…All day every day.

      Fave Canva Shortcut - Letter R brings up a Rectangle

2. Can I Get an ‘R’?

The Letter ‘R’ brings up a rectangle – one of the most versatile shapes you can use in Canva.

I use it to highlight certain parts of text in my graphics – (see bottom bar in illustration above where my social media links are…)

I also tilt it to make it triangles for the corners of a design. I use it to make strips.

I often use the rectangle to cover the entire design and then lower the transparency. It keeps everything on brand and consistent!

The rectangle may just be my fave thing in all of Canva! It’s truly so versatile!!

Ok I am sounding a bit too excited by a Canva Shape, I know, I know. Let’s move on to the next shortcut…

Face Canva Shortcuts Letter L for Line

3. Let Me Have a Letter ‘L’

The Letter ‘L’ brings up a line. It’s quite a thin line, but if you wanted to you could stretch it from the middle into a rectangle or square so it too is super versatile.

The ‘L’ is handy when trying to separate blocks of content, or most recently, I’ve been using it a lot to create bespoke, lined journals and books for KDP (Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing).

So three cheers for the Letter L! One more for good measure?
Fave Canva Shortcuts Letter C - new shortcut for Circle

4. Can I get a letter ‘C’?

The Letter ‘C’ is the new kid on the block, (or should I say on the blog?) The ‘C’ brings up a lovely circle. It’s the newest addition to the Canva shortcuts and I love it!

Again the circle can be so useful in a design. You can use it to put some important text in. You can make a bunch of a different sized circles to highlight parts of your design. You can put circles inside circles. It’s your call!

Well that’s all for the single letter shortcuts…

Other Canva Shortcuts

All Canva Shortcuts - bottom of your canvas
There are a bunch of Canva shortcuts that you may or may not have noticed. They’re changing all the time so it might be worth popping down to the bottom right hand corner of your canvas to see them.

Thinking of become a Canva Pro?

There are many reasons to consider becoming a Canva Pro…For me, the magic resize is a real bonus. Sure there are sort of “work arounds” but the ease with which I can make 1 template, say a FB post, and then resize to be used on Twitter, Linkedin, Instagram etc…

It’s a huge time saver.

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As I want to keep this post short and sweet, (500 words and counting) I’ll save the differences between the Free version of Canva and Canva Pro * until a later date.

If you enjoyed this post, you might enjoy my Free Canva Resources and tools post on Linkedin.

PS: Let me know which shortcut is your favourite in the comments below. See ya next time!

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Trips 7 & 8 (of Twelve) – My Summer Travels in 2019

Thea's Summer Travels Castle Stalker & Trump Turnberry - Summer Trips 2019

My Summer Travels in 2019 – Trips 7 & 8

Thea's Summer Travels in Scotland 2019

For a somewhat quietish summertime, I seem to have gotten behind due to my summer travels…So I’ll fill you in on my recent trips, in Scotland, now.

The good news is that I have been traveling every month – just as I set out to do back at the beginning of the year. Really these posts are probably more for me than anyone else – to reflect back on this year of travel. I’ll aim to add some pretty pictures so it’s not a complete waste of your perusal…(Note: there are Amazon affiliate links to some of my journals and products).

Be warned – this was typed very fast and not proofed – so expect some mistakes along the way.

 

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July’s Trips – Were Several

It was my birthday in July – so I went to Helensburgh on the West Coast of Scotland for a night away in nearby Rhu.

Enjoyed a lovely lunch al fresco followed by a wee scenic route back to the hotel (thanks John C).

After John dropped me back to my hotel, then Joy came along to provide a bit of pampering – new eyebrows and lashes tinted and a massage too.  Once she headed out to a gig in Paisley, I enjoyed a spot of dinner and walk to the nearby marina where I took this shot that ended up on one of my journals.

Rhu Marina

The next day I was back to work with my dear client Angela who is a queen of Scottish tartan and tweed jackets (especially for women). She owns Royal and Plaid and she’s fab.

Since it was my birthday, I treated myself to a few jackets which I look forward to wearing once the weather provides a bit more chill to the air.

2 Journals - My Scotland Travels - 5x8 Made for Friends - Available on Amazon now

Sightseeing with Friends

The next day an ole elementary school friend, Kim, flew into Edinburgh with her daughter and I got to play tour guide. I  took a buss from Buchanan Street and met them off the airplane. I showed up with a Welcome sign (made in Canva, of course) and two new travel journals for them to write their notes in.

From EDI I escorted them into Edinburgh. They were staying at a posh, five star hotel near Waverley, whilst I stayed at the other end of Prince’s Street in more modest accommodation.

Edinburgh Castle from Princes Street at Sunset in July 2019 - by Thea Newcomb

It was fun showing them around Edinburgh, and talking about some of my fave spots in the capital. Weather was mostly fine and dry.  Naturally they loved the city.

Well, duh, what American wouldn’t?

At the end of the day, I hopped another bus back to Glasgow. (It should be noted that I never do buses or at least rarely. Usually only to Paisley to deliver workshops…It ended up taking me two hours to get from their hotel back to my home, so we can file that one under “never again”. Should have just taken the train.)

The next afternoon I picked up the rental car and got ready for a quick highland jaunt with my Californian visitors.

I’d convinced them it would be worthwhile staying a night somewhere up in the Highlands and we so opted for Oban – right at the Pier.

So picking them up at Queen Street on the Friday morning, we headed to Loch Lomond.

We ended up spending over an hour in a traffic jam near the Bowling roundabout due to a horrific accident. Eventually we got to Luss, had a wander, some lunch and took some photos on the pier.

From Luss it was up to the Green Welly for a browse and a pit stop and browse. After Tyndrum, it was north to Glencoe Village Cafe to meet a fellow KDP-er the lovely Leeane!  That was a lovely flying visit and I vowed to return to spend more time with her very soon.

Summer Travels - Kim takes a pic on way to Glencoe

Around dinner time, we headed southwest toward Oban – stopping for several shots of Castle Stalker. It ranks as one of my favourite castles in Scotland. (It also ended up on one of my Scottish Travel notebooks).

Above Oban from McCaig's Tower

Onto Oban

We eventually arrived at lovely Oban and were truly famished by this point. Sadly Eusk was all booked up for dinner, so we ate next door at the pizza place.

We had a great view over the water but were all too exhausted to even see straight. It was early to bed for us after that.

In the morning, on the way out of Oban we stopped at McCaig’s Tower for some photo ops.

Incidentally I’m looking forward to return to Oban soon to deliver the Canva workshop in November….See Business Gateway for details if you’re near…

Clachan Bridge, aka the Bridge Over the Atlantic in Scotalnd Near Oban by Thea

On the way down the road back to Glasgow, we made a wee detour to the “Bridge Over the Atlantic”.

I’ve been there several times now, and it never serves to disappoint. It’s too cute. Check out this drone video of it….

Continuing down the road we stopped for lunch at Inverarary, (the George which is always fabulous) and the Rest and Be Thankful too.

We made it back in time to return the car before they shut and I drove them to the train station and off they went. I guess that was enough Thea time…

August Trip – My Summer Travels Continued

Well, it’s a bit of a cheat to be honest with you, but I returned to Aberdour to the Woodside Hotel (which has become a sort of home away from home in 2019). My East Coast home as it were.  I always enjoy a bit of time up there. It’s a quaint village, the people are nice and I like the beach too!

The day after my stay, I attended an Amazon Academy event in Dunfermline. It was not the best of events, as in I didn’t get much out of it, but it was interesting to see the giant warehouse which is the equivalent of something like 17 football pitches (or is it 31?)

Whatever. It was massive.

As I’d already been there previously, I didn’t feel I could use a place for my challenge for a second time. So not counting Aberdour, I welcomed an opportunity for another break.

As luck would have it, I got the invite to the Ayrshire Business Women’s 25th Anniversary celebration at Trump Turnberry – it seemed only right to make a night of it.

Now of course a night a the luxury resort was out of the question (beyond my means), so I chose a farmhouse not too far away, near Daily.

Summer Travels Ayrshire Farmhouse near Daily, Girvan South Ayrshire

Once the Ayrshire Business Women’s event ended, I headed to check in and then straight back out to the beach at Girvan. It was a glorious sunny as I wandered along the beach…water lapping around my toes…

Eventually I grew tired and nipped around the corner to the Small Fries chippy on the main road.

By the time I drove back around to the harbour to eat my supper, the fog was so thick, not only could I not see Ailsa Craig anymore, I couldn’t even see the white lighthouse type structure at the end of the harbour.

Man that fog rolled in FAST!

Once food was done, I headed back to the B&B for a shower and an early night. It was strange to hear how deathly silent it was compared to my home along side a busy motorway.

What a contrast.

In the morning, I headed out the back roads toward Daily and up to Pirleyhill Farm – where the new glamping pods will be going in. Visited with owner Stuart, for a wee while, then we attempted to fly the drone that I had bought myself for my birthday. We had a laugh but after a few frustrating crashes, it time to head home.

It was one of the shortest breaks away this year but also a good few days away.

Now it’s back to work and booking workshops, one-to-one clients and of course full steam ahead on my sidehustle.

All time is spent concentrating on getting good content up on Amazon KDP and Merch for Q4. Really looking forward to it.

See you next time on my following summer travels into Fall. Thanks for stopping by. See you after the next trip!

10 KDP FAQs – What is it? When Did it Launch? When Are KDP Royalties Paid? Etc

10 FAQs About Amazon's KDP10 FAQs of Amazon’s KDP – What is KDP? When Did KDP Launch? How/When Are KDP Royalties Paid? Etc.

What Is KDP and When Did It Launch?

KDP stands for Kindle Direct Publishing, and is Amazon’s book self-publishing arm  (both print and ebooks). KDP is a way to reach millions of readers on Amazon – for FREE by allowing authors and creatives to self-publish their own content.

This content can be books (non-fiction or fiction) or even low or no content books – diaries, journals, planners, sketchbooks and more!

As for when KDP launched – according to Wikipedia:

“Kindle Direct Publishing is Amazon.com’s e-book publishing unit launched in November 2007, concurrently with the first Amazon Kindle device…In 2016, Amazon also added a paperback option, which uses print-on-demand technology with the goal of offering digital and print to self-publishers.”

How Long Does it Take to Publish a KDP Manuscript?

How Long Does it Take to Publish a KDP Manuscript

With KDP you can upload your manuscript and once it’s approved it will be available usually the very next day.

For my first manuscript, a simple Scotland Travel journal it took me hours (a few tears and hair pulling) to get it submitted.

You basically have three KDP screens to go through…

The first page has:
Book title, Series, Edition Number, Author, Contributors, Description, Publishing Rights, Keywords, Categories and Adult Content

The second page has:
Print ISBN, Publication Date, Print Options (interiror paper type, trim size, bleed settings, paperback cover settings) Manuscript, Cover, Book Preview

The third and final page has:

Territories, Pricing, as well as Terms and Conditions.

KDP pricing - page 3
Once you get the hang of it though it can take about 10 minutes to go through all three screens. Most of my books are up in less than 24 hours but sometimes over the weekend it’s taken longer to go “live”.

What is KDP’s Expanded Distribution & What Rate Does It Pay?

“Expanded Distribution can help you reach more readers through bookstores, online retailers, libraries, and academic institutions. ” – says Amazon on the KDP  support site.

Note that it’s not offered on all book sizes…To see which trim sizes are available look at this.

KDP EXPANDED
Click the pic to visit Amazon’s page on Expanded Distribution

The royalties you will get will be much smaller than just selling direct to Amazon customers but some would argue a little bit extra is better than nothing at all. Sometimes I click expanded and sometimes I don’t. It depends on the time of submitting my journal or planner.

Again as Amazon states:

If you enable Expanded Distribution for your paperback, the royalty rate is 40% of the book’s list price effective in the distribution channel at the time of purchase, minus printing costs, applicable taxes, and withholding.

kdp royaltiesWhen and How Are KDP Royalties Paid?

KDP  Royalties  are paid on a monthly basis – approximately 60 days after the end of the month in which the royalties were earned. So if you were looking at January sales you’d get paid at the end of March (as long as they meet the minimum thresholds).  February gets paid end of April and so on.

Direct deposit

Choosing direct deposit, also known as electronic funds transfer (EFT), as a payment method allows you to receive your earned royalties without a minimum threshold before the funds are released to you; in a more secure and environmentally friendly way than paper checks; and in your local currency. There’s also a handling fee of $8/£8/€8 per check payment to authors who reside in the US, UK, or EU countries/regions where we offer direct deposit. Direct deposit payments do not have a threshold. 

Love that I get paid straight into my UK bank account at the end of every month…(Just like on Amazon Merch). So between that and RedBubble and TeePublic – I’m getting paid print on demand royalties every two weeks. Love making money while I sleep!

How You Change the Book Price in KDP?

It’s easy to change the prices of your KDP book. I often raise and lower prices of books.  Often if it’s a book I’ll be purchasing myself I buy it at the low rate (with almost no royalty margin) and then as soon as it’s been dispatched I go in and raise the price.

KDP change price of book Under Edit Book Pricing

All you need to do is go to the right of you Book Shelf and click the three dots next to the words promote and Advertise (left side of the above image), then choose the third option down “Edit print book pricing” (right side of above image). This will take you to the third page of the submission process. Then you can change your price…You can also choose the primary marketplace. I always mix it up between US and UK personally.

KDP Paperback Book Pricing

KDP Min/Max Pages and Uploads – What Can I Do?

First let’s talk manuscripts, your minimum page count is 24 pages, and the maximum page count depends on ink and paper, but for those using white paper and black ink it’s is roughly around 800 pages! I can’t even imagine that.

KDP max upload
This was taken from a FB group

Speaking of the unimaginable….

Now to the volume of uploads there have been many rumours flying around about this at the moment.  It looks like 1000 a week. Who on earth is uploading 1000 manuscripts a week? Bonkers.  Spammers.That is not a tactic I’d recommend but then I am in this for the long haul and more of a tortoise than the hare.

Have you got any KDP questions?  Feel free to comment below.

KDP is my main focus for 2019. Here’s my first KDP post about it, right back when I started.

Trip Six (of Twelve) Galashiels and Hawick

Trip Number Six of Twelve - Galashiels and HawickTrip Six (of Twelve) Galashiels and Hawick

As it’s the summer, I felt that it’s time to stay a bit closer to home. I just want to avoid the heat, the copious amounts of families and higher prices of travel. So trip six in my year of travel.

I was able to mix business with pleasure this trip. I headed down to Hawick on Sunday morning. My first stop was in Galashiels. I have no idea how I’ve never been there before. I took some time to wander around the town, to take it in and to take some pictures. It’s a quaint wee place. Wound up spending a bit of money in a charity shop buying some new shirts and a lovely sweater (all for under thirteen pounds!)

Hawick New Clothes

I do love a good charity shop haul. Anyone else out there like them too?

Onwards to Hawick

Like Galashiels I’d never been to Hawick so it was quite the adventure. I took the route through Jedburgh to Hawick and it was a stunning day for a drive. I arrived to my B&B, checked in, set my stuff down and headed out for a late lunch in the heart of Hawick. I got a lovely sandwich at the Black Horse and ate al fresco. I particularly liked the sound of the town’s clock, opposite it, with its horses racing in circle.

After lunch was a wander around the town and along the river. Then returned to North Bridge B&B for a rest before dinner.

After a rest, I met up with my friend and fellow trainer Lesley. We had a fantastic Italian meal and lots of laughs ahead of our full day of training

Canva Training in Hawick, Business Gateway

Blogging and Canva Training in Hawick

The next morning it was down to breakfast and out the door to the Heart of Hawick where Business Gateway is based. Lesley kindly allowed me to deliver a bit of blogging training and a mini Canva workshop too. It was a long and wonderful day. We had a blast. Once done Lesley and I took a long trip home.

I decided to go south west out of Hawick to get to the main motorway that is the artery between England and Scotland. It was a stunning drive back through the country to the M73.  At times it was fog so thick we had to slow down to about 30 just to make it through.

So down to Galashiels and Hawick – makes it my “trip 6” for the year – out of twelve.

Really it’s more than that, but we’re calling it number six.  Next up it’s Rhu, Edinburgh and a long day trip to Glencoe with my old school friend Kim. Can’t wait for this.

More soon. Thanks for reading if you read this far.

Instagood…

Here are a few more pictures from Galashiels and Hawick over on my personal Instagram (#caligaluk) if you’re interested…You can read the full text there too.

 

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Also you may be interested in checking out my Scottish Travel Journals on Amazon UK (they’re available on most Amazons) – I’m adding more on a regular basis…Watch this space.

Trip Number Five (Of Twelve): Belgium and Manchester too

Trip Number Five of Twelve - Manchester and Belgium

Trip Number Five (Of Twelve): Belgium and Manchester too

If you have been following my blog at all this year, then you will know that It is a year of travel for me…and as such it’s time to update you on the latest trips.
So here we are – six months in – and May was a double trip month for me. First was a short weekend getaway to Manchester  followed by Brussels birthday celebrations.

May’s Significance for Me

May has always been a special for me. It’s a month that I have almost always spent with my father in California. His birthday falls in May and so, more often than not, I wanted to be there with him to celebrate – ever year just about. I think his birthday mattered more to me than it ever did him but that’s ok. It was arguably what might be considered a tradition to spend it with him.

So this year, the first without him in California, I decided to celebrate him in Brussels. It also coincides with a friend Kimba’s birthday so am celebrated with her there too.

But First, Manchester

So mid May it was down to Manchester for a Merch UK Meetup. It was just about a dozen or so people who are print on demand side hustlers too. To be fair, they were all much more successful and experienced than I am but I enjoyed meeting some new people and reconnecting with people I’d already met in London and Seattle last year. I decided to stay at the hotel the event was at to make it easy on myself.
Then the next day it was a full day of sight-seeing with my friend Rachel who I’d not seen in about eight or nine years. When I knew I was going to the city, I do what I always do – and checked my social media connections to see who might be where I am going. Then I message and see if they’re interested in meeting up. Lucky for me, Rachel was and we had a blast walking, talking, eating and sight seeing. We did the double decker bus – which are always fun.
Then around seven that night I got the train back up to Scotland. It was a wonderful weekend in Manchester. I really do like that city.

Next Up, It’s Off to Belgium

Then at the end of the month it was time for my next jump over to the continent. This time it was Belgium. I flew Ryanair for the first time in probably a decade. Landed in Brussels Charleroi Sud Airport and got a shuttle bus to Brussels Midi Station. Conveniently though, my friend met me off the boss and walked me around the corner to the Hotel Pullman which was attached to the Midi train station. (Good job Kimba!) 

That night we hopped the underground four stops and spent some time wandering around The Grand Place or Grote Markt – which is the central square of Brussels. It’s filled with amazing buildings, shops, restaurants, cafes and tourists. We had a nice meal in one of its galleries off the main square.

Day Two – Kimba’s Birthday, In Bruges

Day Two: It was Kim’s birthday so it was her pick with what she wanted to do. She chose a train trip to Bruges with a quick stop in Ghent en route. It was a long, fun-filled day of being tourists, walking, eating, talking, and taking a ridiculous amount of photographs. We didn’t see much in Gent and decided to get back on the train to go to Bruges.

The first thing we did in Bruges was take the boat tour. It was one of the things I was most excited about when heading to Bruges, and probably as such, ended up being a bit of a let down.

It wasn’t bad, not by any means, merely a bit anti-climactic. Plus a little tip for you, if you do the trip – sit in the single middle seat rather than on the sides. Two fat people got on our boat and I felt off kilter the whole time! Not only that it made it hard to take pictures hanging off the side of the boat a little like a contortionist.

When we got off the boat we finally found somewhere to eat. We were hangry by that point and wound up in, of all things, an Irish pub. The service was kind but it was slower than heck. They’d just been slammed by an Irish Fire Department influx of customers I guess. Whatever. The food was good. In fact all meals were good in Belgium.

After lunch it was off for another sight seeing bus – a small open top. Arguably my fave one of all the sight seeing trips we took. It weaved around Bruges, down roads, passed windmills, over canals and back again. (There are four remaining 18th and 19th century wind mills between the Dampoort and the Kruispoort.)

We did a bit more wandering around before getting the, 5:30, one-hour train back to Brussels.

Birthday Dinner

After resting our tired bodies for an hour it was back out again for the Birthday Dinner at NONA a pizza place, Rue Sainte-Catherine.

A place that prides itself on “Proper Neapolitan pizza” – it was a slightly ho-hum pizza, to be honest, but still not bad by any stretch.

After the meal we wandered back to our usual place, the Grand Place, for ice creams and I treated us to scarves. We got the same pale blue Belgium scarves. How cute are we?

That was a nice way to end a birthday in Brussels, I believe. Hopefully Kim did too…By the time we got back to the hotel room we’d done around 26,000 steps which is about 15,000 above my normal daily step count.
As Kim’s birthday ended my father’s began.

Celebrating Dad

I’ve been blogging a fair bit about dad this year already….and I truly believe I am handling his passing in exactly the way he’d want and expect from me. Namely, I am living, traveling, working, seeing movies, hanging with friends and celebrating him every opportunity I get.
His birthday was celebrated in Brussels and it was a good one from start to finish. Breakfast at the Chicago Cafe (right near the Pizza joint from the previous night). The highlight at breakfast was the main woman there (possibly the owner) who was, quite frankly a chirpy Belgian Hoot. I can still hear her cheery “Bonjour” echoing in my ears – weeks later.
Then it was off for a day on the double-decker buses. The Atomium was our first stop. Clearly a cool landmark from the outside, but the trip up it was an absolute waste of money, to my mind. It would have been better if it had some windows to take pictures from. We managed a few shots on the stairs down but that was it.
Thankfully we got a “free ticket” to the Design Museum which made it almost worth my while. Kim and I choose to spend that hour apart as I was more interested in Design than she was…
Engineer Chair, Design Museum Brussels
At one moment I came upon a chair that reminded me of my father’s and the inscription on the piece made me well up a bit….if I am being honest with you. But that wobble aside it was a good day with no real sadness or tears.

After The Visit to Atomium…Back on the Bus

After we had our few hours there at Atomium, we got back on the double decker bus and took it to an area Louise where we got off to take pictures. Trust my stomach to take that moment to throw an absolute fit. So we made our way to a cafe down the hill for a tea and pit stop (just in time). 
Once I felt better we walked back up the hill to take in the scenery – and could even see our hotel in the distance. We did a bit more walking around the area, hopped a tram for a few stops, walked some more before taking an elevator down the hill and heading back to the hotel room.
It was evening of Good Vibes in Brussels. Sun shining, people smiling.

Cheesecake Cafe

After another bit of rest in our hotel room we got our second wind and it was time to get back to Place De Brouckère to have a birthday celebration for dad. Opted for Fish & Chips – not something dad would have enjoyed but a worthy choice none-the-less, for me. Afterwards Kim got her waffles and I had a double scoop of ice cream on a cone. We celebrated him in style at Grote Markt.
Happy Birthday Ralph, Ice Cream at the Grand Place, Brussels
I swear I’d have gained a stone had we not been averaging about 22,000 steps a day!

The Last Day – Destination Unknown

Our last day was Friday. We got up with the intention of seeing where we could end up. We a priced trip EuroStar, fast train, trip to Amsterdam but when the guy said 337 Euros, we pretty much felt our jaws hit the floor. So Antwerp it was! It was an easy trip – helped largely because we accidentally ended up sitting in first class for the first half hour…
Arriving at the train station – it was a sight to behold. Clearly one of the most beautiful train stations in the world. Absolutely incredible architecture.
We hopped another sight-seeing bus immediately and got off at the Antwerp Ferris Wheel at Steenplein and headed to their Grote Markt, a main square, for some lunch. After a bit of a wander we split up for some free time and reconnected back at the Ferris Wheel to catch the bus back to the gorgeous train station and home.

The Last Supper

So here we are, we had one last night in Brussels and therefor after a rest we headed back to the Grand Place for dinner. We didn’t have a specific place in mind for this last supper, and thus it took as a while to find a place to stop to eat.
We eventually found a decent spot and had a lovely meal Arcadi Cafe – at the entrance to Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert. Again I opted for Fish and Chips. They had a fun pillar with currencies from around the world that was pretty impressive to look at. 

Then, naturally, we had to find ourselves a dessert. Nothing much was appealing to me. I fancied Cake but there were not a lot of “cake places” so I settled for another single scoop of ice cream. Kim wanted waffles from the famous Maison Dandoy but as in typical fashion – it was a Friday night at 9pm and they were closing. The line was 30 deep and as she joined it, was told they were doing no more. Ridiculous.

Oh well, here is a tip, right next door is probably just as good and much cheaper with no line…

Summary of the Trip to Belgium

Having been in Berlin the month prior, it was interesting to compare the two countries. Frankly I preferred Belgium I think.

Both were nice but Belgian people just had a warm friend attitude toward its visitors and Berlin, well, no so much. I will likely go back to Berlin again, to see my friend Neil, but I will definitely go back to Belgium again as soon as I can! I’d like to spend more time there, even though I think I spent more money there. 

I did actually notice that Younique is launching in Belgium soon…so perhaps a good excuse to go back over again!
Here’s to the next trip…a more local one to the Borders town of Hawick.