“A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions“
I like traveling. I like the way it makes me feel like myself, but more and somehow better.
The alien milieu of a strange new land displaces me and forces me to enlarge my sense of things. However, to be displaced in an environment whose context is so different from my own would be disorienting if there was no sameness to anchor me. I need that anchor to help me understand stimuli I might otherwise find incomprehensible. The effect of such a combination makes the ordinary beautiful again because situating what is ordinary outside the boundaries of what is familiar causes an expansion. This expansion adds to my perception of what is ordinary and reveals it to be extraordinary after all.
I suppose I’m not saying anything new. These are observations that have been shared so often they’ve become cliche. Just like the same touristy photos people always take. It seems so lame and unremarkable then to share these because so many others have been there, done that. But when you’re the person doing the showing off, it’s awesome and special because it’s yours -the photograph, the moment, the new perspective.
Here’s my perspective on London’s Hop on Hop off Bus Tour told in hasty tourist snapshots. I also did some moleskin drawings to compensate for my lack of photography skills. In an ideal world, I would have made a bajillion more drawings. But since my ideal world is still shaping itself, I only had the energy to sketch out St. Paul’s Cathedral and Big Ben/The Elizabeth Tower.
The Hop On Hop Off Bus Tour
Waiting for the right double decker bus.
Spending time at Parliament Square; where you can find the Parliament of the United Kingdom, Big Ben/The Elizabeth Tower, Westminster Abbey, St. Margaret’s Church, etc.
◊ It’s illegal to die in the houses of Parliament because people who die there are entitled to a state funeral -which would burden British tax payers. If you look sickly, you’ll be escorted out of the premises posthaste!
◊ It’s not uncommon to find demonstrators rallying in Parliament Square.
Westminster Abbey was one of my favorite landmarks. It’s popularly known as the place where Prince William and Kate Middleton got married and where important British peeps are buried, commemorated, and/or crowned. No picture taking allowed though, which is a bummer because it’s ballin’ in there -with all those tombs and whatnot.
I found the following images online. They’re of inside the abbey: