You can say that I’m lucky. It has been a childhood dream of mine to visit England, London in particular, thanks to all Enid Blyton’s books, Harry Potter and Daniel Radcliffe. And now in the past four years, I have visited London 3 times and loved it very much there. (I did have to wait for 21 years before my first visit, but hey, it is still a dream come true!)
Being one of the most visited cities in the world, London should hold little surprise for anyone: Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, London Bridge, the royal family, Hyde Park, Harrods, you name it. But I guess that’s the beauty of travelling, no matter how much you read about it, the experience you have is your own and no amount of research through travel guides could foretell what you will see there nor the many pleasant surprises that you may encounter.
Like the fact that after all this day-dreaming, the first picture I took in London was actually of the DLR.
Or that I would see a rainbow on my way to a musical.
I know that I like musicals, but I did not expect that I would be watching the same one twice. Wicked got me so unexpectedly that I decided to see it twice in two weeks.
And while being given a private tour around London, my friend and I spotted Rowan Atkinson shooting Johnny English 2!
I certainly did not expect to spend my last day in London lying down on a sea of sunflower seeds at Tate Modern!
But the most unexpected of all, is the fact that my favourite moment in London was watching sunset from a hill that I have never even heard of before. Whilst everyone I knew asked me to visit Hyde Park, my friend took me up to Primrose Hill. Although we only spent a short time there, I was infinitely charmed by it.
All these were just from my first trip to London. So you can’t blame me for wanting to come back for more. After all, as Samuel Johnson very aptly put it, “When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life.”