Saturday, November 9, 2013


After having spent so much time in some great European cities during my sabbatical, I found myself viewing London differently this past visit than in earlier trips there.  I kept looking for the heart of the city, the key that would help me unlock and understand it. 

I finally realized that, at least to this outsider, London is not a city; it is many cities.  I know that all big cities inevitably are, but to me London is especially so and more so than any other I've visited. 

I quite like that.

I have the sense that if I moved to London for a year and spent eight hours a day, every day, walking different neighborhoods, I would still have only the merest glimmer of a sense of this wonderful, huge city. 

I can't wait to go back.


David Drake said...

"The man who is tired of London is tired of life."
Samuel Johnson

Anonymous said...

And, go back you should. I eagerly await the writings that come out of your travel experiences.

Mark said...

I definitely will be back for the WorldCon in London.

Johnson knew whereof he spoke.


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