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"I maintain that Truth is a pathless land, and you cannot approach it by any path whatsoever, by any religion, by any sect. Truth, being limitless, unconditioned, unapproachable by any path whatsoever, cannot be organized; nor should any organization be formed to lead or to coerce people along any particular path. You must climb towards the Truth. It cannot be 'stepped down' or organized for you." - author: Jiddu Krishnamurthi

Saturday, August 05, 2006

L.O.N.D.O.N Part 1

The conversations with Carine throughout the train trip kept me awake hopefully and that made me go a few years back in my memories. I landed in London coming straight from Birmingham on a friday night at Maryleborne train station. Not bad for a first train trip I thought to myself, and I guessed that my list of first encounters would grow as I would get more into the week end. My cousin Ashvin who lives in London was waiting for me at the train station and I was seeing him after more than 3 years. He has been staying there long enough to know the city inside out but man does he walk in those streets :) Me who hates walking, I would have preferred taking the bus around. But I guess you get to know a place better when you are on foot but hey costs a lot too travelling around in London.

We took the tube and and some moments later I was in the streets on London. All seemed the same to me and I thought it would have taken me weeks to get used to them, the city seems so huge. First night there and we were to what I call one of the hotspots, Leicester Square. It was almost 22hrs and the streets were crowded. The pubs were all full and some of them so much that the people were having their beers on the streets just outside the pub. He made a few phone calls and soon we ended in one of those pubs too. I was having a drink and taking a rest over the long walk we had when he went to fetch his friends. As I was sitting there alone with a beer noticed some of the pub staff offering and massage to the clients on the spot. Of course they still had their clothes on and it seemed relaxing.

I did not have to wait long when I saw Ashvin coming back with 3 beautiful youngs ladies, as she introduced them to me I learned that they were all spanish, hmmm... Even though Martha, Helena and Maria Helena speak English quite well, I kind of like that spanish accent. All 3 are very friendly and easy going and soon enough I found myself increasing mu spanish vocabulary.. Como esta es? Muey bien y tu? :) After some talking we were on the streets again with the girls and came to a pub where there were lots of foreigners. The spanish girls introduced me to their friends, the Italians. So I met with the cute Alice (pronounced Ali - che : from Wonderland i said? she said noooooooooo don't call me that ... lol ), Sara who seemed very friendly, Yu (a cute Asian girl who was desperately trying to convince me she was Italian too ;) and that she was Alice's sister... I learnt later she is Japanese in fact - So I teased her that she should have dressed up like a geisha:) What? I never met with a Japanese before!!!) and a few others I could not get hold of the names. It was easy getting friendly with the girls though and I easily got along with them. The big thing was trying to explain to them where I was from. They said I speak english very well and seemed to have no apparent accent, and they did not know where is Mauritius. But with some effort I managed to say Maoricius, ohhhh...bingo!!! they seem to know it by that name, phewww finally. Later I learned that Ashvin did not know any of the girls with whom I was talking to :) I spent some time chatting with them and then Ashvin and I went to the train station to go to Kingston, the town where he lives. He had a guitar at his place, I tuned it and strummed a few songs. What a cosmopolitan night I thought, before falling off to sleep.

The Spanish Night!!!
LTR : Some Mauritian guy we met, then Helena, Martha, Me, Maria-Helena and a friend of hers. But who the hell is that bald guy??? Don't know where he came from and manage to get into the pic. But hey that's cosmopolitan London!!!


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