London Diaries – 3

9 Aug

I’m way past the halfway mark of my holiday, here in London, and even though I know the clock’s ticking fast and that it won’t be long before I’m back home, I don’t find myself caught in the urgency and restlessness that time would otherwise hold one ransom to. London’s days are the longest I have ever seen in my lifetime and its nights short and sweet. Summer seems to be walking around these streets in all her beauty and languor and there really is no dearth of time.

Over the past few days I’ve come to figure out who I am as a person and a traveler, more importantly. I think I know what I like and don’t like, what I’m willing to spend my time on, compromise on and what I’m not. No one can ever have enough of a place, I think. I mean that’s my philosophy and I stand true to that. And therefore it’s safe to say that no one can ever really have seen all of London. Or ever will. There will always be something new at every juncture. I believe in timelessness and that’s what makes travel more ethereal; more surreal, more spectacular every single time. And that thrills me; even if just the thought of it.

My post today may seem scanty or scattered and I’m not sure if it’s because my head is bursting with so much in a good way or if it’s because my hormones are in the driver’s seat today thanks to the weird mood I’m in or if it’s just that I haven’t written in eternity and don’t know where to start. Or how to say all that’s on my mind, rather.

It’s needless to say that despite being so far removed from what a tourist visiting London for the first time would do, that I have seen and soaked in as much of the city’s beauty that I could have so far. I’ve stayed clear of more places than I thought I would and indulged in a lot more places and experiences that I didn’t think I would. History intrigues me but not enough for me to soak myself in it completely. I figure I’m that kind of traveler who likes to walk around and get a feel of the city/place for what it is. So I have walked around more than I can imagine (but the kgs have remained intact!). The London underground has been more than just a lifeline to me. And life here has been pristine in a pretty, English summer kinda way.

My travelogues are due and will perhaps take shape only once I’m back home and retrospect on what I can only term to be a fantastic holiday. But here are snapshots of the different kinds of beauty I have taken the liberty to experience and sponge off because there’s no two ways about it.

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A day in Rye, South Sussex

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Leicester Square

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Regent Street

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Canary Wharf

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Green Park

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Home

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The Great Atlantic Ocean

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Of the Jonathan Livingston Family

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Big Ben

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London Eye

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A London Sunrise

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Summer in Hyde Park

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Evenings in Hyde Park

I’m well rested, content, happy and satisfied. I think my lists are all checked. My being feels satiated. My heart feels awesome. And I’m ready to get back home. I think that makes me feel overjoyed. I figure this is what contentment really, really feels like.

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One Response to “London Diaries – 3”

  1. Kushal August 12, 2013 at 9:52 PM #

    Lovely pics and lovely writing…am gonna follow you :)

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