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London Diaries - In Between Storms

Posted on Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Listening to: Blood Bank - Bon Iver

London means something to everyone who has passed through it, but belongs to nobody.

I don't think I can ever run out of things to do or places to see in this city. Museums, markets, food, shopping, tea, day trips close by and sight-seeing... I'm a perpetual tourist here, and even though I've been so many times the past few years, I still I haven't finished seeing it all - but I don't ever plan on living here because I'm scared it will take the magic away from the city. Every time I've come to London, I've always known I'll be coming back real soon, but somehow this time it's different. The last walk down Westminster alone to spend some time with Big Ben and to reminisce about the first time I met him in 2008 was hard. You never know when is the last time you'll ever see a place again.

Anyway, I'm so glad to have dear Pei Li as my biggest companion for this trip - I think she's one of the truly nicest people I know and it's funny because we've been friends for 10 years and we've both suddenly grown up into adults, seeing the world together, and suddenly I realised that we have changed and maybe I don't know her as well despite us having been neighbours for so long. Yet, she has never forgotten a birthday or a Christmas to give me a present, or to always send a postcard when she travels, or to lend a helping hand whenever I need silly things like a printer or even (for goodness knows what) a screwdriver, so yes, this trip was a really nice opportunity to really spend proper time together and get to "re-know" each other in a way - how we've changed, how we were, how we want to be.

It doesn't look like it, but there was a huge storm that blew through London, but this is what I managed to catch in between.