London Town
14 October, 2010
London Town

Wednesday morning I walked out of Holburn underground tube station and was welcomed by beautiful sunny London air. I was automatically smitten with the hustle and bustle of the city. What surprised me most, besides the warm weather, was that the streets had the energy of New York. I even heard American accents left and right and not from tourists, but students and working people. But if I couldn’t find a British accent the architecture certainly made up for it.


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is something so breathtaking about Westminster Abbey that I find words fail me. For starters, I can’t walk far back enough to get the whole Abbey into my camera frame. For seconds, the lines to get in are forever growing. But the most impressive is the inside. Sure I have seen it in books and magazines, but up close and personal to the tomb of Mary Queen of Scots and Queen Elizabeth I (buried on top of Bloody Mary) is a completely different thing. Alongside the stately Queens and Kings there is a whole corner, a Poets Corner, that is a resting place for Chaucer, Dickens, Lewis Carroll amongst others. There is Cloisters and little Cloisters that are gardens where the monks relaxed and recuperated from all the beer drinking and excessive eating. I didn’t make that up, the guide in the voice of Jeremy Irons told me. Just before reaching the exit, there is a Tomb of Unknown soldier from World War I and lastly the tomb of Churchill, whose bust is standing right outside in the garden across from the Abbey and facing The Parliament.
Outside the Abbey, Big Ben is forever chiming out the time and London Bridge is not, i repeat, it is not falling down.


First day I took advantage of the beautiful sunny weather and walked to Tate Britain. From there I waited for the boat to take me to Tate Modern. I waited for forty minutes and when the boat came there wasn’t enough space for me. So I decided to walk again. Imagine walking form the Freedom Square in Tbilisi to the Hippodrome and then back and up to the Botanical gardens. I thought my toes were going to fall off me ( I was dressed in high heels) so that  when I finally Crossed the Millennium bridge over Thames river and into Tate Modern, I planted myself on the chair in front of a 3D installation that I will never understand just for the sake of resting my feet. People were walking all around me making conversation and observations. Just like on the streets I heard American accents, Italian, Spanish, French, plenty of Russian, but the British accent was eluding me. At one point after listening to some Russian tourists describe a Judit Reigl’s painting ‘Guano’ as something a cow chewed up and spat out, I started to wonder if I imagined the British people after all. Did any British actually still live in London?


Before hunger and fatigue could overtake me, my friend T* came to pick me up and carried me to a pub. Chowing down on fish and chips and washing them down with lager, I delighted in catching up with my friend whom I had not seen since high-school years. I just listened to her speak, finally a British person with a British accent. I was finally content. I put up my feet to rest them for a bit, and that’s when she decided to inform me that she wasn’t British at all, but South African. The accent was on loan, or more correctly she acquired it after acquiring a British husband. I felt deflated. Robbed of my contentment, it was a poor consolation when she suggested a trip to Cambridge over the weekend.
Oh, well, I have a few more days in the city and I’m sure I’ll find an authentic British person, grab them by lapels and make them speak British to me. And if not in London, Cambridge is sure to have some Brits still hanging about.

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