Friday, January 22, 2010

Halfway over already.

... My trip to London that is. I've just arrived home from lunch with my good friend Em at Itsu sushi. Best miso soup I've had in a while. I've got less than a week left of the London fog and then it's off to Dublin... I don't know of any nicknames for that city so I'll leave it alone.

It was great being able to pick up where I left off once I arrived here. I haven't done any of the typical tourist attractions and I have no intention of re-visiting the London Eye or Big Ben. I do however, want to check out Camden markets this weekend, as well as the Beatles and David Bowie exhibit at the National Gallery. Would also like to head to the suburbs one day if I have the chance... apparently there's more to London than Zone 1.

I'm so glad I've had the chance to be a part of some of Kaila's first experiences upon moving here. Despite the terrible weather (even more dreary than usual), I think Kay has had a really enjoyable first few weeks here. I'm looking forward to hearing about all of her adventures throughout the semester.

One thing that really strikes me is the disconnect between my own perception of London and Londoners' own points of view about their city. I've spoken with work friends, school friends, and many acquaintances about the differences I see between New York and London. Specifically, the more friendly, open demeanor of most Londoners and the accepting, respectful attitude with which they treat others. And that's not to say that New Yorkers are cold and quick to cast judgment, but I find that more often than not Londoners tend to take others at their word and seem very personable and genuine right away. I've obviously considered that this is all a farce and part of that "British charm" we hear so much of, but my friends and colleagues have continued to impress me with their continued sincerity that has really gone above and beyond any obligation. Perhaps its too soon to generalize about the English, but I do know I have met some of the best people I know in London.

Anyway, I'll write more another time. Heading to Camden with Kaila for a few pubs.


Dr. Hilarious said...

I don't know any nicknames for Dublin, either, but I recently re-read Dubliners... which caused me to read pages and pages of Joyce quotes online. He said, of Ireland, and I'm sure more specifically of what he referred to as "Dear Dirty Dublin":

No one who has any self-respect stays in Ireland, but flees afar as though from a country that has undergone the visitation of an angered Jove.

Hahahaha. Something tells me you won't see it that way. If I could visit anywhere, Spain and Ireland would be tied for my number 1 pick. Glad you're enjoying your trip! Have a pint for me in Dublin, hope you have a great time over there...

mjr said...

Worse comes to worse, "bloody Dublin" works. You are in London now so it is your right to use that term ad nauseum. Have fun and if you go to a London pub please have a "Dark Horse Whip Cracker" ale for me. Ah, the pubs.