Happy Guy Fawkes Night!
A year ago I was looking forward to this day even though the only plans I had were to attend a networking event for people seeking accommodation in London. But at this time last year I was set on diving into British culture and becoming a proper Londoner, part of which meant watching a dummy of Guy Fawkes tossed in a bonfire. Sadly, a rough start to my time in London didn’t leave me with much opportunity to prepare for Bonfire Night. Since it’s been almost a year since I last visited one of my favourite cities in the world, I thought I would reminisce a little bit.
Truth be told, there isn’t that much to tell. When I wasn’t looking for rooms to rent or dragging my suitcase up and down stairs, I was just walking. I walked everywhere from London Bridge. Along the South Bank, past St. Paul’s Cathedral, around Buckingham Palace, through Kensington Gardens, Oxford Street, around Regents Park, through museums – I even tried to walk all the way to Greenwich but eventually got lost and took a bus instead.
I was also in London for Remembrance Day, and as it was the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I, a lot was being done to mark the occasion. That included the very popular Tower Poppies and displays at the Imperial War Museum, which is a museum I would probably still be visiting regularly if I was living in the city.
The beginning of November is apparently the beginning of the Christmas season. So, naturally, I got to visit a few Christmas markets before returning to Germany and visiting twenty more.
In addition to finally getting a taste of Nando’s (henceforth known as Heaven), I tried out Pizza Express after seeing about 8,000 of them during my walking tours. Actually, I wasn’t even interested until I went shopping with a couple of new friends and we happened upon this:
And, since we had no plans for lunch, we decided to give their two-course Christmas menus a try. We may or may not have had a cake sample before and after lunch.
I still have a very long list of things to do in London (in fact I’m pretty sure it got longer the more time I spent there), but I did manage to cross a few things off that I didn’t get to do back in 2012.
Mostly, London was, and is, just beautiful.
The next picture is not all that striking; I just wanted the contrast of the medieval Tower of London in front of the modern Shard, and a bus happened to pass by. However, it’s the sign on the bus that’s really noteworthy, because the fifteen hundred or so ads I saw for The Imitation Game prompted me to go see it on my last night – and it was the best decision ever.
On that note, I leave you with my best “Benedict face”.