This past weekend, I was lucky to spend 3 days in London with long-time friends, eating amazing food, seeing a couple of museums, doing quite a bit of walking and most importantly having a great time. It has been 18 months since I was last in London which incidentally was the last time I was in an English speaking country. Going to an English speaking country was both a little bit weird and a pure delight. I no longer had to think about what I wanted to say beforehand, but I did have to think before I spoke so I didn’t speak German (that was a new one). I messed up a couple of times during the first day and a half, most memorably at a cafe at Covent Gardens. The waiter, who was not an native English speaker, couldn’t understand what I was trying to order so I, by accident, tried explaining it to him in German. He didn’t understand that either. I ended up not getting what I wanted, but since I was just trying to order a raisin croissant, it was no big deal.
I also, to my great pleasure and excitement, got to watch a new episode of Agents of SHEILD on TV! It has been over 3 years since I have watched a new episode of anything in English live on TV. Seriously, it is the little things that you miss the most whilst living the expat life. I also spent more money than I should have at Forbidden Planet (sci-fi store) but gods, I have missed geeky stores and the pure delight of being amongst your own kind.
London has grown on me. I have always enjoyed visiting London but I could never see myself living there. This weekend, I could, just a bit. This does not mean I am leaving Hamburg. I’m not done with this place yet. However, it is always good to have a back-up city for if or when I am ready to move on.
Now for the obligatory photos:
This was what was right outside my hotel. The only reason I got to stay at this wonderful hotel was that my friend was able to get the room for free. I’m forever in her debt.
The London Eye at night.
Trafalgar Square now features a big blue cock
No trip to London is complete without visiting the British Museum, just to see the Great Court.
Another shot of Big Ben, just because I couldn’t believe my incredible luck to be staying right across the Thames from it.