It’s a Sunday night in London, I’m sitting at my friends dinner table and preparing myself a cup of tea.
Tomorrow is my last full day of my Europe trip and I feel so strange.
So why am I bad at blogging?
Because I’ve gotten lazy with it, because I think I am having a hard time distinguishing between what is a trip and what is just my life.
That is to say, I really like it here. I feel very much at home in London, my experience has been very eye opening.
Which is why I’ve been so hesitant to blog- because all I’ve been doing is walking around like any old day in Santa Barbara, doing the same exact things!
(I know that’s not a valid reason, but it’s certainly harder to write when you feel you have less interesting things to say)
Also, to be completely honest- it is challenging to muster up the social energy to write a whole blog post. I naturally write everyday in a personal journal, so I am used to writing.. And it’s not a bad thing, but it is certainly interesting how simply writing can feel so different when it’s for more than your own. (Introverts unite!!)
But alas, here I am again. Back at it again. (Damn, Daniel) I’m writing because I think it’s important to finish what you start, and because I do like to be social and share these adventures. 🙂
So what’s been up?!?
So much. My gosh. London is such a fun place with loads of things to do. The free museums are really incredible, I have spent hours meandering around staring at beautiful art, fashion, historical, and scientific exhibits for the price of 0. So special.
While Paris felt very knowingly regal and rich, London feels more airy and modern. There is that deep history that is throughout the city, but it is a different feel. Paris is chocolate and London is coffee.
I had a wonderful moment about four days ago, after busking. It was a very cold day out and I was busking outside of St. Paul’s cathedral (felt like the feed the birds moment in Mary Poppins) and decided to take a break for a coffee. There was a place around the corner that I had heard of called Taylor St. Baristas, so I closed up shop (very slowly with frozen fingers) and scurried over to the little spot.
This particular branch has no inside seating, but I’m always willing to sacrifice for a good cup of coffee.
So I walked in and opened my ukelele case to pull out a few pounds I had just earned, when the lady cashier offered me a coffee and cake for free!!! She was so sly about it and not willing to budge. She also gave me a costumer card with stamped marks so that I could get another free coffee at one of their other branches. To say it made my day is an understatement, because here I am 4 days later talking about it. I got a lovely piece of carrot cake and a cappuccino, and thoroughly enjoyed every bit of it. What a nice woman.
There are some amazing markets here, good street art, and lots of good spots for coffee and food in general.
I’ve had some really good ramen which is fun, and really yummy matcha ice cream in Chinatown. 🙀
On another note, I do have to say I am surprised by how few strange and random things have happened to me whilst busking over here in Europe. In Santa Barbara and LA, people do/say the weirdest things. (I’ve received avacados for pay, I’ve been given tobacco for pay, I’ve been invited to multiple yoga sessions, I’ve been proposed to, it’s a whirlwind). It is true that Europeans are much more reserved in their public lives.
I am enjoying staying here with my friend Quinn very much. He goes to the Royal Academy of Music, and has been able to give me a good idea of what life as a musician is like in London. Also he’s great and has a wonderful family and girlfriend that have all been very welcoming and hospitable.
The music scene here seems much more active (in terms of frequency of gigs) than LA which is not surprising, since LA is so spread out.
Funny how we met actually, completely randomly at USC. There’s this great rooftop that overlooks all of LA and a couple of my friends and I were sitting up there one night listening to some music, when a guy and a girl came up to us and said they liked the music! So they sat down and we all started talking and it turns out, the girl, Elizabeth is in my program and we just hadn’t met yet! Quinn said he studied in London so we just talked about all that fun stuff and generally all enjoyed each other’s company! So now I’m here in his flat in London sleeping on an air mattress, enjoying the UK! AND on top of that, Elizabeth is here at the same time doing an internship!!
We all met up and went on many adventures that included a free four course meal for the ladies at one of Quinn’s gigs. Life is funny.
I have one last day and then it’s back to California! I’ll be throwing together one last blog post on Tuesday so look for something amazing I guess. (Incredibles reference I hope for your sake you understand)