Sunday, December 30, 2007

London...London...

"Time is free but it's priceless. You can't own it but You can use it. You can't keep it but You can spend it. Once you've lost it you can never get it back..." Harvey MacKay

Yesterday I took my backpack, my Canon 40D camera (a.k.a. Rebel XTi) and went by bus and by foot to discover London’s magic.
Of course, for the first time I rode a double-decker. Actually it’s fun riding it at the second floor. I’ve noticed at a point during my trip that in the entire bus there were probably 4-5 white people out of 35-40. The rest were non-white, so to say J
Getting closer to the downtown you can see how streets get more and more crowded, lots of all kind of restaurants and shops are everywhere along the street. A fruit shop, a barber shop, a high class dining restaurant and a butcher all next to each other is a regular picture on some streets of London. London is such a colorful mixture or a crazy and fascinating cocktail.
Well, when you get to the downtown this is when you see the best that London can show and offer you. It’s just spectacular: expensive stores, shining limousines, buildings with incredible architecture, beautiful lights, lots and lots of people from all social classes, races and nations…
It was dark when I got to Trafalgar Square. The X-mas tree that Norway gives London every year, as a token for the help that London gave Norwegian people in the 2nd World war lights up the Square. Those buildings look unreal even during the night.
Later on I got to the Parliament and good old Big Ben. It’s still there. It still measures the time and it’s unchangeable, calm, elegant and proud to be the Big Ben. At 8pm I heard it. I heard it live for the first time in my life. The sound of his bells gave me goose bumps. Yes, the sound of Big Ben means to me more then I can describe it here. It has a very special meaning to me…
Big Ben looks so awesome. I couldn’t stop thinking how well was he made, how many generations he saw passing by, how many people heard him and what meanings he had for each of us. Probably many of us will pass and Big Ben will still be there, making sure that each of us get every morning the same amount of time=86.400 seconds. How do you use them? What do you do with your time? Spending? Investing or wasting?

2 Comments:

At 3:36 AM , Anonymous Ana said...

your description is so beautiful...u make the reader feel like he is there...i feel like i am there when i read your lines...

 
At 1:48 PM , Blogger Melany said...

I love this quote on investing time:

"Only one life, 'twill soon be past
Only what's done for Christ will last."

 

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