Category Archives: London

Re-connecting with London

Sometimes around this year last year, I was eagerly planning my winter holidays – not the normal/Christmas season but rather the one week off I would be getting in February. Destination: London, a.k.a. my second home. I could barely hold in my excitement knowing that I’d be going back, albeit for a short time, after more than a year of absence. I was looking forward to walking down the streets of London and getting lost as the geographer in me usually does, having hot chocolate at my favourite coffee shop on Fleet Street and see the new tiger territory at London Zoo. None of that happened, other than the getting lost part – I tend to manage that pretty well without trying too much. I had to rearrange my plans when my flight got delayed (that’s the short version, I’ll write about it at some point, maybe) and when the ex-boyfie, a.k.a the-douche-who-I-thought-was-the-love-of-my-life-then-and-with-whom-I-was-in-a-long-distance-relationship – if you’re reading this, well I’m not apologising – decided at the last minute to come down to London from the far North for some cuddly couple time.

We went along with his to-go-to list rather than mine which was more of a where-and-what-to-eat list. His argument was: we couldn’t just stuff ourselves all day long. I should have known then and there he wasn’t a keeper. Just for the record, I did end up stuffing myself all day long either way, so win!

Hello again, London!
Hello again,  grey London!

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Game, Set and Match: It all ends here

I have only just returned from a one-week-long trip from London and embarrassingly, I have to admit, I barely went out of Zone 3 during the time I was there. Instead, I spent most of my time standing in the cold waiting for Novak Djokovic – for those who do not know who that is, he’s only the current number one male tennis player in the world – to make an appearance and when I wasn’t doing that, I could probably be found watching one of his matches inside the arena at the O2 in North Greenwich.

People on their way to see tennis stars at the O2 in North Greenwich, London.
People on their way to see tennis stars at the O2 in North Greenwich, London.

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Game, Set and Match: Funfair tennis

And then you have the AEGON International held in Devonshire Park, Eastbourne, which is found at the other end of the spectrum. Away from the snobs of Queen’s Club, the event is definitely more relaxed and you can definitely see it in the restaurant – which is actually open to everyone – when you’re sitting next to some of the players (yes, being a tennis fan is quite amazing) or on the grounds which looks more like a small tennis fun fair than a tournament.

I don't know about Adi but Fabio Fognini definitely does.
I don’t know about Adi but Fabio Fognini definitely does.

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