time to say goodbye

there’s something really weird about finishing off a trip. a sense of relief, sadness, and something inexplicably warped about it – something resembling inertia.

getting back to London after Europe, everything fell a bit flat. Londoners seemed like a repressed bunch of constricted bureaucrats after the relative easiness of Europeans. And the city itself also felt incredibly constricted with so many roadworks, awkward transport, overbearing architectural mess and I hate to be clichĂ©d and whinge about the cost, but holy crap, after coming back from the euro, it’s fucking exorbitant.

and perhaps I really needed to see all that stuff because I’ve been forced to head home early and there’s something easier about a divorce when all you can see is the crap.

in preparation for leaving, I head back to a few of my old haunts and to make sure I caught up with a bunch of friends I had made here, which was more important than anything.

I went back to soho, drew in the national gallery, popped to the tate modern louise bourgeois show (which I will review later, but suffice to say, it bloody rocked!), went to see control, wandered around chancery lane and discovered gorgeous wine bars near charing cross.

I caught up with as many of my London friends as I possibly could and would formally like to link to (as a form of web 2.0 props) to the following boys and girls , in no particular order, who made my time in London and Europe a fucking awesome time:

Doddsy, Angus, Feltbug, Claire, Charlie F, Charlie G, Marcus, Marita, Paul, Ben, Russell, Helen, Emily, NP, Gemma, Rob M, Sam, Wal, Christos and the rest of the coffee morning/interesting crew.

And of course my little crew of Lauren’s Ladders: Will, Seb and Nina

In fact without these people, who found me through my blog, or others’ blogs, I know that I wouldn’t have had the time I had.

It will probably take me a few days to a) get over the jetlag and b) process the enormity of my trip, but once I do, I need to post about some of the random things that I’ll take home from my trip – those weird little things that will stick with me and influence my life forever more.

Thanks again to all those peeps and now it's time for phase 2 of world domination: the MFA


gemma said...

thanks for joining the party - the last blogging year would have been a lot quieter without you.


loulou said...

I agree. Thanks for the shout as well.

Seb said...

it's kinda strange. though we knew eah other only via blogging and we only had some weeks in London it was really sad when you left. but hopefully we'll see us next year in Australia...

Feltbug said...

sniff :(
It has been so much fun meeting you, and I am going to love reading your exploits in the months ahead. xoxox

Rob @ Cynic said...

I'm gutted I've missed you again - but soon, very very soon!

np said...

Come back soon

Tom said...

Blimey - I never thought you were off for good Lauren - it's shame we never met - I hope you have a great journey and hope to keep in touch.

And I hope you find some of your stuff.

And if I find any of it I'll send it to you.

And if I get some sort of address from you, you'll get your Kendal Mint Cake !

lauren said...

thanks guys! it was awesome meeting all of you! and that includes you tom, unless it was your evil doppelgänger who i hung out with at the pub after interesting.

seb - same for me oehmchen! and i better, or i'll have a tantrum that you'll feel from the northern hemisphere :)

mandy - it was super-rad meeting and hanging out with you! let's rule the world from opposite sides of the globe..

rob - so close, yet so fucking far! in fact, while i was in transit in singapore, you were in melbourne - how ridiculous is that!

gemma and np, in my exhaustion at dubai airport, i forgot to include all you northern kids in that list (and forget to link to doddsy's blog) - i'll update it when i'm off dial-up 'cos you guys made sure that i saw england, not just london and it was a beautiful thing.

Tom said...

Jesus - sorry Lauren - that was too early days...

Charles Frith said...

Hey Lauren. Sorry I didn't make it for the ticket. I went MIA and it involved possessed people at a trance party and more. I'll tell you all about it in Beijing.

Ben said...

Come back soon.

Sam said...

Lauren!! It was beyond awesome getting to know you (that's a good thing), come back to the island soon!

and where's my link at girl?!? :P

ps. get your scrabble on

lauren said...

hey charlie - no worries - i figured it would be something wacky like that. catch up in beijing mate.

i hope to ben - thanks

sam! same goes mate and i promise i'll fix that link. i'll get my scrabble on and kick your fucking heiny.

Angus said...

Mate, come back!! Your presence is missed.