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a weekend in London

7 November, 2011

In the summer of 2007, I spent 20 hours or so in London while on my way back to Chicago from Rome, but I did not get to see much of the city.

This weekend, I got to know London a bit better.  I spent the bulk of my time wandering around by myself, on foot and by public transit, and got a pretty good feel for the city.  It’s big and crowded and a little crazy, and I liked it.

While I did not go to any museums or on any official tours, I did make a point to see some of the sights.

One of our friends from Chicago is currently living and researching in London on a Fulbright, so we met up for dinner with him, and because it happened to be Guy Fawkes Day, our friend took us up to Primrose Hill to see fireworks (and signal flares and lanterns, apparently) and do a little people-watching.

On the flight from Warsaw, I started reading Erik Larson’s Thunderstruck (thanks, Grandma!) and really enjoyed being able to see some of the places discussed in the book.  I really enjoy knowing the places that I read about, and being able to walk a certain street and then later read about it adds another dimension to what is already a well-written book.

I enjoyed our time in London this weekend, and would some day like to come back and see more of the city, as well as other parts of the UK.

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  1. The Friend permalink
    14 November, 2011 07:08

    Primrose Hill, how I miss it next door to my former flat (in the Kings Court building) right at the corner with Regents Park. I remember with fondness one 4th July spent on the summit. Nice photo also of my old office. The nostalgia almost reminds me of my last visit to Brideshead…

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