I have returned from a longish sojourn abroad back to a city that I haven’t been able to stop dreaming about since I left. There is a song that explains how I feel about it.
I don’t dance like this, but I sure do feel swell of heart whenever I think about it.
What did I get up to while I was there? Let me reiterate that we were only given two weeks out of country as per Fulbright martial law, so I immediately took off to the best place I could think of. Most people went traveling and touring around Southeast Asia, but I had business to take up. This trip was half visiting/curing myself of heartache for having been gone so long, and half business of visiting prep schools and informational interviewing headmasters to see whether I want to move there after I finish with Columbia.
I ended up meeting with three Prep Schools there, and one other graduate school (in case, you know, I’m crazy enough to give up Columbia) and took ample notes and had a lot to think about every day when I came home from school.
The other thing I did while I was there was
eat a lot of yogurt hit up my old haunts and go to as many museums as I could possibly go to and walk around a lot. And yes, I did eat a lot of yogurt. Taiwan has no yogurt (the audacity, I know) so I made sure I got my fill of all that and all the things I can’t find here (real salad, almond milk, cheese, good chocolate, yogurt, tomato sauce, hummus, zucchini, rice cakes, etc).
Where did I stay? With a lovely friend I had met with whilst studying abroad. She is in her last year this year and has a flat in SE1 (which, if you don’t know London, is right across the bridge from St. Paul’s and a bit behind the Tate Modern and nearby to Borough Market). Very central to a number of things. Very happy about that.
Let me just share these moments with you.
It was, of course, raining, and continued to do so most days. Thank goodness I’m used to that 😉
I walked around by myself the first night, just taking it all in.
The next day, AF and I went to Borough Market and ate all the samples. But we bought lunch too.
Not sure what all this was, but it was only three pounds, so I was pleased to have a nice boxed lunch. I’ve never actually bought lunch at Borough Market, so that was quite fun.
Aside from everything else, I was overjoyed to have decaf tea at my disposal. I think I must have bought a package every day I was there.
Then AF had to study and the museuming began. Since she only had one key, I usually took it because I’d come back for dinner and she would not return until around nine. It made things easier, if a bit strange.
The Tate Modern has many strange exhibits. I’ve been twice and I’m unsure I love it, but this is one piece I just ADORE. It changes every time you look at it 😉
Half the reason I’d go to these galleries was the (man) people watching.
Still unsure what I make of modern art, but at least it is thought provoking. God knows after five months I needed that!!
Tune in tomorrow for more photos!