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First Eurostar Journey: London to Brussels via Paris

1600: As I was ready to check in, I realized that I had once again been in such awe of Georgina’s presence that I was forgetting what I’d really need … Continue reading

January 21, 2014 · Leave a comment

Day Nine: Lunch with Georgina Harding

Each day of this adventure so far was amazing. But this particular day was just really, really awesome. My dream as a child was to travel alone, which I was … Continue reading

December 9, 2013 · Leave a comment

Day Four: Trafalgar Christmas Tree and Cafe Concerto

After giving many thanks and bidding farewell to the very friendly people at the gallery showing ‘Jewel of the Universe,’ I headed to where I was very curious to go … Continue reading

December 9, 2013 · Leave a comment

Day Four: Jewel of the Universe

It was a great decision to get to Trafalgar square, Catharine was very excited about the ‘huge’ Christmas tree there, she had said that I shouldn’t miss it! As I … Continue reading

December 9, 2013 · Leave a comment

Day Four: Underground Busker

Catharine had taught me an important lesson, I couldn’t ignore it. Winter or summer, you go about your day as you would as long as there’s no rain, it is … Continue reading

December 9, 2013 · Leave a comment

Day Four: Sir John Soane Museum

I had written to Georgina, my favourite writer whom I met in Oxford last year – the memory of which remains much treasured to me now and forever. In my … Continue reading

December 9, 2013 · Leave a comment

Day Four: Wandering

Day Four: Wandering After returning the wonderful audio device and exiting the historic Westminster Abbey, I allowed myself to wander. I knew I had to get to someplace and therefore … Continue reading

November 28, 2013 · Leave a comment

Day Four: Westminster Abbey

Day Four: Westminster Abbey I have never discussed this before, not with my closest friends or family and writing about it makes me feel a little weird. I am fascinated … Continue reading

November 28, 2013 · 3 Comments

Day Three: The Dilemma: Birmingham or Liverpool or London

I had planned this travel a month in advance and had bought train tickets too. As per the plan, I was to travel to Birmingham the next day. Why I … Continue reading

November 24, 2013 · Leave a comment

Day Three: Greenwich and The Cutty Sark

After seeing off Madhu, Catharine and I ventured into Greenwich. Greenwich is one of the first English proper names I had learnt. India’s time is +5.30 hours Greenwich Mean Time. … Continue reading

November 23, 2013 · Leave a comment

Day Three: Canary Wharf, Madhu and Apple Cider

After pleasing my stomach with good food, my friend and I headed to the nearest tube station to get to Canary Wharf. Now, I had great things about this world … Continue reading

November 23, 2013 · Leave a comment

Day Two: Making Dinner for Friends

I had never touched raw meat before. I never thought I could but when I went to my mother to learn how to make chicken curry that was the first … Continue reading

October 13, 2013 · Leave a comment

Et Voila – Columbia Road and Ryantown!!!

I am very excited writing this entry as those who read it are likely to discover and love an immensely talented, fantastic, London artist. When I first visited The Charles … Continue reading

October 12, 2013 · Leave a comment

Day Two: Charles Lamb Winter Pilgrimage

If you know me, you are certain to know this one thing about me that my love and admiration for Charles Lamb, an English essayist, is unparalled. Last July I … Continue reading

October 12, 2013 · Leave a comment

Day Two: Piccadilly!!

Since I had always only walked up and down Piccadilly and we were getting late for the lunch recital at 1.10 pm, Catharine and I thought it’s best to take … Continue reading

October 12, 2013 · Leave a comment

Day Two: Going back to Hyde Park Corner and Hard Rock Cafe (Visiting Home)

We got on a bus to Hyde Park Corner. I had never been on a bus in London before. Ridiculous as it might seem, my brother and I couldn’t really … Continue reading

October 12, 2013 · Leave a comment

Day Two: Charles Dickens Museum

It all began with this man, Dickens. David Copperfield was the first novel I ever read. I was in school, waiting to be inspired, to go on imagined journeys and … Continue reading

October 11, 2013 · Leave a comment

Day One: Brushing off my ‘Indianness’

When Catharine opened the door and found me, she didn’t seem too surprised. I was pleased to have not bothered her to pick me up from the underground station – … Continue reading

October 11, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Migratory Bird Trait and Another Kind Stranger

I arrived at Whitechapel. It felt almost like an honour when the Underground station staff opened the special exit for people with ‘awkward luggage.’ It’s only when I emerged out … Continue reading

October 8, 2013 · Leave a comment

(Day 1) Arrived in London and the Best Travel Philosophy from a Stranger

Everything about this epic winter came like winning a lottery. I was hoping it would happen and strived step by step without knowing if the plan will work out. And … Continue reading

October 8, 2013 · Leave a comment

Schnapps

Schnapps, it’s schnapps we had in the pub on Brick Lane, my last evening in London. Schnapps, Catherine suggested – it’d perhaps make her Swedish boyfriend a little glad that … Continue reading

January 23, 2013 · Leave a comment

Last Evening in London

The taxi driver dropped me off right in front of Catharine’s door a few minutes before 1730, thanked me when I paid the fare and said he enjoyed talking to … Continue reading

January 23, 2013 · 1 Comment

London Taxi

My train reached London Euston station. A proper London railway station, it  was intense for it was my first time in a train station in London. I would have loved … Continue reading

January 23, 2013 · Leave a comment

First Hello

Hello Fayiss, Hope you are well. Perhaps you remember a girl from India who stood outside the ‘King of Arms’ not bothered so much about the pouring rain for it … Continue reading

January 23, 2013 · Leave a comment

And now about something else :)

The first pint is always special. I don’t really like beer though I tried for those who like it seem to share great bonds with it almost like family. Such … Continue reading

November 20, 2012 · Leave a comment

“The greatest pleasure I know is to do a good action by stealth and have it found out by accident.” Charles Lamb

I do notice that I spent a lot of time in London visiting people long dead and gone for at least a 100 years. It is perhaps because these are … Continue reading

November 20, 2012 · 2 Comments

Visiting Captain Scott in London

  I had never heard of Captain Robert Falcon Scott until I picked up his biography by David Crane sometime in 2010. I hate this shrinkage of slow, poisonous disappearance of bookshops – these … Continue reading

November 20, 2012 · Leave a comment

Lemon Cake Tradition

While you are here, reading my travel blog I thought I might as well let you know about my personal lemon cake tradition. My first real holiday was to McLeodganj … Continue reading

November 20, 2012 · Leave a comment

Catharine the Coolest

I met Catharine in Hyderabad through Couchsurfing, so she isn’t a stranger I was meeting in London for the first time. I almost know Catharine as a friend, we met … Continue reading

November 20, 2012 · 1 Comment

Sharing Springsteen Love

“Still reading through your blog. I heard that Springsteen and McCartney jammed and that the officials unplugged them because of park curfew!!! Where you there for that? Wow, what a … Continue reading

November 20, 2012 · Leave a comment