I just spent a really nice couple of days in London. In fact, it was completely jam-packed and hectic, but I wouldn’t have had it any other way. Despite the rain, I got into Victoria Coach station at 12 noon on Monday, and met up with a couple of friends I’d met out in China. We decided that Chinatown would be the best place for the 3 of us to have lunch; so whilst we reminisced over China memories, we chomped on Sichuan beef, beansprouts, rice, and pork.
They then kindly walked me to Forbes on Charing Cross Road where I was meeting one of my oldest friends for a coffee. After a quick introduction (my new favourite thing to do), the 2 of us ventured to a less-busy coffee shop where we easily chatted away the next 2 hours. We eventually parted ways, where I then experienced a painstakingly long journey from Tottenham Court Rd to East Putney; to cut a very long story short, thanks to Notting Hill Carnival my 30 minute journey took over an hour!
After that escapade of events, my friend picked me up from East Putney and we drove back to hers. It was just a nice chilled evening in front of the TV watching Dynamo and eating Thai takeaway. She left early the next morning for work, and as I wasn’t meeting my aunt and cousins for another few hours, I hopped on the bus to my old University. It was open, so I took a wander around the campus and I could feel myself welling up. It was so strange visiting there as a graduate, visiting a place that was home for 3 years but now I was just a guest. One of my friends works in admin at the uni, so I spontaneously texted her and we met for a quick coffee on campus.
As I walked out of the gates I realised that could well be the last time I ever visit the Uni again, which was sad. I made my way to Victoria and met my aunt and 3 cousins at the Travellers Tavern (we all had scampi and chips), before hopping in a Black Cab to the Tate Modern. We had a look around but unfortunately I just don’t ‘get’ art, well I’m still confused as to whether there’s anything to ‘get’ in the first place. I had to leave early for my coach back home so I jumped into another black cab and felt like a proper Lady of London cruising past the London Eye, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey etc. whilst watching people waiting to cross the road or sit glumly on the bus.
All in all I loved seeing so many people and not having a moment spare. It made me feel like I was making the most of my time. This was a lesson I learnt from someone special I met in China.