Emotions just can't keep up

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This is a pic of the building we stayed at. Ben was staying at a flat on the fourth floor overlooking the Thames.

something i wrote while in London, subplot characters are me (steve) Chris, my travel buddy and guy i'll be working with and living with in Albania, Israel- a long time friend of mine from Texas, and Ben- our living contact, and good friend staying in a swanky pad on Thames. When me and Chris arrived in London we were all four suppose to meet up and then head out from there.

 

Its almost 2pm London time, me and Chris are chillin at a table on Marlybone High Street, outside a pub called Marlybone Tup. We are waiting on Ben to join us, apparently he went to the wrong pub??? It should be expected!!! And we love it. Being here is surreal, as it is in the mid 50’s (Fahrenheit) and it is everything I imagined London to be.

 

So many random thoughts but no jacked up emotions yet to speak of.

A nice dusk pic from our balcony
Again, it is just all surreal. The fact I can write you this without any stories of interests tells you it was an unusual trip in which everything went right and worked like clockwork. Even the navigation of the London transport system, thanks going to Ben’s good directions, which HE failed to follow to the ‘t’- I’m just busting his ovaries, even that went over quite smooth. Chris is missing his blue sweater that he left in the mini-van, and I am chilling to some PJ Harvey and Modest Mouse.

 

This place is inspiring such quotes from Chris as we watch pedestrians passing us in droves, “London, the place where even the uncool are cool.” And it is so true. Its like a bit of a fashion show, everyone putting in their contributions, some nothing more than a black umbrella going with a smart pin striped suit, some just a pink tie over a pink striped shirt, or cool little bags as people shop from store to store.

 

And of course, being outside with a laptop in London I feel a slight drop of rain and dreary skies blanket behind us. Just another sign that it has for real begun. It is no longer a journey of the mind and dreams of the inspired- this is a real-time-layover before the most exciting part of our lives begins to take place.

 

Emotions just cannot catch up with us right now.

 

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this is a dark pic, but it's Chris just trying to absorb it all, as am i.

There is something to be said about friendship and travel. Meeting new people while traveling is always priceless, adventurous, troublesome and addicting- but to meet old friends and long time acquaintances on foreign soil in a foreign environment- to me there are few things that surpass that.

 

I think it is because where once you were in the comfortable and familiar, each of you probably bogged down in your jobs, school or life you probably felt nothing would ever change… and then… you both are standing in completely alerted circumstances or moments- if only for a time, it is priceless. In the midst of the unknown and uncertain you have now with you something totally familiar and known as your close friends.

 

I guess I am just trying to sum up how I felt when me and Chris met up with Ben and Israel.

A better shot of what we were seeing for the three nights, four days we were there.
Seeing them lolling up from the wrong pub down the street, emerging out of the crowds of streetwalkers, Israel the total vagabond, guitar case and old school suitcase with him, Ben in his $1000 camel colored overcoat, styled shades and designer jeans- it was one of the … well I don’t know what it was- but I have never smiled or laughed that much.

 

We smoked some cigarettes, drank some great bear, and with a nice buzz meandered our way to Ben’s flat where we dropped off our stuff and cheeked him for the place being such a wreck. The flat we were staying as you can see in the pics was a tight, swanky spot with a view of the Thames. Ben was staying there for free because his friend, Alex lived there but was currently staying with his girlfriend. Alex was the son of a billionaire Russian mogul so we got a free place to stay with Ben and that is saying something in London, where it costs to pee and breathe.

 

The four of us headed down the street to a nearby pub with wireless and great pilsners.

the building, looking straight up. i got the shot leaning precariously over the railing- i wish i was more arstic :)
We had some great beers, a lot of laughs, caught up on our situations and travels, destinations and the like. Israel was headed to Latvia and then he was going to road trip through Europe, Ben was going to stay in England and me and Chris were headed down to Albanian.

 

We didn’t do anything the first night, we just hung out, drank beer, chilled and laughed, mainly at Ben the entertainment for all of us. By the end of the week Ben would be christened with a new nickname, Blueberry- what a fag. We love him.

 

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A nice dusk pic from our balcony
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