Tiny big update: I’m in London for a study-abroad semester. Actually I’ve already been here for three whole months, and will be around for about two more before I get unceremoniously sent home.
While I wasn’t initially too enthusiastic about living in London (think crowds, high expenses), the city sure has caught on me. I think you can call this a slow burn. One of the biggest reasons why I’ve fallen in love with the capital of the UK is the general existence of more than two big booksellers – in fact, there are tons of little independent bookshops (and a boat!) scattered around town, and this really snagged my heart.
I went on a little book-buying adventure yesterday afternoon to take advantage of the rare hot day (it was actually a bit too hot) and here’s a short story of my journey (gotta warn you though, I’m usually very long-winded):
1. Word on the Water – Regent’s Canal Towpath, King’s Cross, London N1C 4LW
I left the East End at around 1 p.m. in the afternoon. It was, on hindsight, a good decision, as the day had already warmed up enough so that I could walk around in shorts and not have to bring a jacket along. It was a short tube journey into King’s Cross / St. Pancras, and a 7-minute walk to Granary Square, situated behind the station (you gotta walk around the perimeter of the huge building). It felt like 15 minutes under the blazing sun, enveloped in a film of sweat (sorry, I’m disgusting like that). If you, like me, are going there on a hot day, the presence of naked children and half-naked adults bathing in the fountain would be the sign that you’ve arrived at the right place. The next thing would be to look for the correct boat. The thing about Regent’s Canal is that the boats look the same to the untrained eye. They’re all fairly flat and long, and most have chairs on the roof for obvious reasons. The one you’re looking for has potted plants and a sign saying “BOOKS”. Or look out for a medium-sized furry dog that bumps into things.