Musings on London…
(Things I learned across the pond this time around… it was my first time there in years… and a lot went down!)
- Dollars in coin form are MUCH HARDER to keep track of than bills. (In other words, old habits die hard.
- Cars have the right of way and British crosswalks are much less obvious than I’d expected… so even a seasoned jay walker like myself had an interesting time crossing the streets.
- The tube is so clean and lovely. But the subway runs 247.
- People are incredibly polite. And I talk much louder than them…
- The Indian food is delicious. (Honestly, all of the food I ate was really good… which contradicts some of what I’d been told)
- There is a really active and very connected music community that is apparently quite friendly to newcomers (or at least that was my experience)
- Beer does not taste different at the pub (in other words… I still don’t like beer for the most part… I did drink half of one though… because…. When in Rome and all that?)
- Music is music wherever you go. Good music connects people of all backgrounds.
- It is not a given in London that a salad comes with lettuce….
- Whole Foods is even more expensive! (Of course I went to check out Whole Foods… read above: old habits die hard)
- The public buses are awesome and getting around is actually really easy.
- British afternoon tea with scones and tiny sandwiches is absolutely what I am missing in my life.
- They still do shows at the Shakespeare Globe! There’s an indoor and outdoor theatre. The indoor one is lit exclusively by candlelight! (I didn’t see a show... but I awkwardly wandered around the lobby.
- It only rained one of the six days I was there… which is apparently a huge victory!
- Your friends who have relocated will welcome you in with open arms and make themselves available to help you see and eat and drink everything you ever dreamed of (or at least that was my experience)
- The world is very big and also very small. The more I travel, the clearer it becomes that we’re all here on this earth doing our very best to live our best lives in the ways we know how. And yes, we are all very different, culturally and temperamentally, but we’re also so very the same. And I’ve come to believe a vast majority of us are ultimately looking for the same thing: connection. And that is a very comforting realization indeed.
Cheers, mate. (Picking up the lingo). Until next time….