|Piccadily Circus is a London landmark|
The British (or is it English?) summer was always portrayed as one of fun and frolic and days at the beach. Never mind that it barely lasted a few weeks and the rest of the year was largely wet, cold and depressing. Nonetheless, I came to like, even love most things British and fervently wished that I lived in the good ol’ days of the Raj.
But I digress…
I first went to the United Kingdom about five years ago, in 2007, over an extended Christmas and New Year break that lasted close to three weeks. Apart from the fact that it was my first major trip to an European destination, I was excited about going to London! Suddenly, all my childhood fantasies were coming true. Or so it seemed. While it wasn’t the British summer holiday I had dreamt of, London at Christmas and Glasgow on New Year’s Eve weren’t bad at all. Christmas in London is straight out of a fairy tale… happy revellers, twinkling lights and snowfall.
A year and a half later, I was in London again – this time as a student. Student life in London was challenging and exciting. Living in the student halls on campus, fending for yourself, night outs in London town and being part of this gigantic melting pot – a great experience to say the least! Living in London finally meant that I experienced the British summer in all its glory! Suddenly, the long coats, wraparounds and gloves were out and skimpy shorts, tops and summer tees ruled. On campus, chappals made an appearance and thrill-seeking skater boys miraculously appeared all over the city’s boardwalks. Summer brought about a riot of colours and styles never seen before – there was so much to see, to do, learn.
In the hustle-bustle of city life, its traffic and noise, London’s parks remained an oasis of calm and greenery. Delightful sunny days were spent in the park – from St James’s Park and Hyde Park to Regent’s Park and Hampstead Heath. Take a book or two, a bottle of wine or ginger ale if you please and crumpets and clotted-cream scones and there you have it – you’re bang in the middle of an Enid Blyton book! Crave for something more urban and city centric? Head to Piccadilly Circus, Covent Garden, Oxford Street and Carnaby Street where tourists and shoppers pound the pavements. At Piccadilly and Covent Garden, stop and watch street acts – dancers, musicians, actors, jugglers – peddle their skills for some pennies and pounds. You’ll be surprised at the talent you’ll see!
|A day trip to Cambridge in summer is an experience|
I could ramble on but I guess you know by now that if I could, I’d take my friends to London and some other places in the United Kingdom. I have so many marvellous experiences of the city / country and they bring back happy memories of the things I’ve done there. I know my friends would love to share them with me, we’re happiest when we’re together! Be it shopping in central London, clubbing in Soho or East London or travelling the countryside. I’d love for us to be together at a St Patrick’s Day parade in Ireland or going on a whiskey trail in Glasgow. And nothing beats the thrill of facing your fears – and ghosts – in the dungeons of Edinburgh Castle or hoping to catch a sight of Ness, the elusive Loch Ness monster that has captured the imagination of millions. What better way to experience old and new adventures with friends?!