Last week my mom and I traveled to London to visit my friend Claire. My week was spent taking the tube all around the city to visit museums, vintage clothing stores, art galleries, and markets.
While traveling I forgot all about California sunsets and swimming in the ocean. I didn’t think about anything I was obligated to do back home. I found it effortless to be entirely present. I was so thoroughly captivated by the world around me. A world where living in the present was intrinsic.
I’d spend my mornings listening to The Rolling Stones and The Kinks on the tube, constantly headed somewhere new. Like in Alice in Wonderland, going underground was like traveling down the rabbit hole and resurfacing in a new neighborhood was always like re-entering Wonderland.
London very much feels like a fantasy land. The city has this wonderful energy. The people are vibrant, passionate, and relaxed. There is a certain thoughtfulness everywhere...fresh flowers adorn every surface, menus are placed on tables with intention, buildings are painted pastel colors, doors are bright turquoise and amber yellow.
Usually from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 in the morning I would explore the city, observing all of its idiosyncrasies. Down every street, alleyway, and through every window there was so much beauty to take in. The ability to experience and photograph it all was liberating and I felt so at home, even so far from home.
This was the first time I traveled with complete freedom. Every day was up to me and I was free to explore independently. I’d walk down the street to get a smoothie, I went to the local grocery store to buy rosé and macarons for picnics in Hyde Park, I visited Claire at her flat for drinks with her friends. The possibilities were endless and the freedom was unlike anything else I’ve experienced. I felt as though I’d entered a portal into my future, and with a sense of wonder I looked around at everything as though it was all magic.
London was like a dream. Words simply cannot encapsulate how grateful I am for this adventure. I loved every moment. I loved navigating Portobello Market in the rain while eating nutella crepes. I loved watching the 24 hour film at the Tate Modern. I loved visiting Brighton with my mom and exploring every little shop we stumbled upon. I loved this trip more than words can ever convey.
To see more of what I got up to in London, please view the photos below!!
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