So yes, I woke up this morning and just decided I am going to put a snippet of how I live in this lovely city called London. By the way its Sunday and I am very positive about this, after all it is the perfect timing to start a new line of hobby; a new week, a new day and I am eager to get to the story. It reads:
Being a devout Christian and a Catholic precisely, just as the week starts with a Sunday, my Sunday starts with Church so I guess my week starts with Church. On these Sundays there’s this refreshing aura that oozes from the Holland Park where my apartment is situated just around Notting Hill.
I pretty much spend the Sundays indoors since my week days are unavoidably spent outdoors since I am an accountant and I love to take strolls with friends.
On the first day of the week days I usually try to provide myself with a quick retrospective of what lies ahead and of what may come up and the constants too like work. And I always ended up drawing a plan on how to go about work and then go out during the weekend to support my soccer team; Chelsea football club, yes its crazy love for football out here and I chose to be blue.
So here’s what every day of the week looks like in this beauty city for me:
MORNING RUN: the ever gentle morning weather in London provides all the encouragement I need to get out there and run myself to fitness or “ourselves” when I have friends with me. Where else would I want to make this run to fitness if not the HAMPSTEAD HEATH: the large land mass with a few beautiful hills and ponds it inspired me to more exercise than intended on a few occasions. I usually get back to prepare for work by 7:30am since it does not take a lot of hours for LONDON to wake up work officially starts by 8am and I always resume for the day teasing the time because I live just a few blocks away so I am invincible to being late. I did come in late a few times, those yellow taxis seemed to punish my nonchalance on those days.
After the morning meetings I get a 30 minute break and you know for what, breakfast. And like everyone else in this great city I had a go to restaurant, Ottolenghi, in Notting Hill. A great place that offers a table set for 10, and it’s the only table, so you have a chance to socialize with strangers over a great food that is quickly plucked from platters in the front of the shop. I must say I soon became a loyal customer in no time because of the serene environment, Notting Hill is one slow part of London that is slow to come alive and so it’s perfect for a great breakfast
Work usually closed early since I work in shifts so I’m done usually by 3pm, still very early to not be in the beautiful streets of London. I start off this post work adventure with lunch of course. The Breakfast at the Ottolenghi is place in fact great but I like to exploit every option on my table so I usually go with lunch at the MARKET there I find lots of choices: paella, sausages, quiche, fresh bread, cakes, scones. My slow-roasted lamb in ciabatta with mint and apple sauce was absolutely moreish and only £5.There are lots of other markets on various days around the city including in Notting Hill, Maryledone, Islington, Parliament Hill and South Kensington.
Now with food out of the way my next stops are not really stops though, more like strolls and my destinations were to the Thames and the Waterloo Station. Most times I take these walks with friends and a stroll at the waterloo station usually meant we had to walk across Waterloo Bridge and every day we take these strolls the view looks even more beautiful I’m sure you’d confirm if you saw it too.
With nightfall coming through I usually round up my day with a lonely walk by the fancy houses on my way home. Nearly every house in London might as well have a sign out the front saying “you got to work harder to live here”. The road is busy, but for that reason it’s a safe place to be alone at night. The houses, some white and regal, others painted and lovely, are so beautiful. And if you live in Notting Hill and if you had have a gap in your curtains, I will glance in as I walk by and be even more impressed that the houses are just as beautiful inside.
The week days are usually just like that but weekends I am a devout sports fan or maybe soccer fan and do not forget Chelsea is the club and soccer is the game.
So, there is a snippet of life in London and you should have realized my hobby now; taking strolls.