If ever you have felt gridlocked in the concrete jungles of the city, escape to the Mile-High City. With a wonderful downtown, Denver is not far from the mountains. Having a view like this from your window makes it hard to leave the beauty of this western haven.
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The Mile High state is always a good time; if you are in Denver skip 16th street mall, don't be a tourist for a night; instead, join "Theology on Tap" at Katie Mullen's Irish Pub & Restaurant off of Court to hear the hard statistics on human trafficking and do something!
I did not think I would see a Christmas Market this year, in the US but to my great surprise I found out that Denver has one. So of course we went. It's very small, not more than twenty chalets but so very authentic. You can find very nice hand made products, a few of them German, great authentic German food and gluhwein, music and an iceskating rink. It feels a lot like being at the ones in Europe on a much smaller scale. It was enough to make me happy. Try it next time, you will like it.