Sunday. London. Rain. Bar on the street level. Sitting at a table next to the window, with hot tea in front of me. Looking outside to people walking. Next to me, Cambridge Theater, with a big billboard presenting Chicago – The Musical. Music in the bar: John Lennon – Imagine.
I feel like I am in a movie. What’s next?
2021 update: I wrote the text above in 2008 to the day (Apr 27th, 2008). It was my first time in London and, since then, I visited the city often enough to develop a love/hate relationship with it. But in 2008 it genuinely felt like I was in a movie and that big things were waiting to happen. And they were. I was there for my training with Yahoo!, the company that employed me as their representative for Romania for a year. And it was my first job in a corporation, so I genuinely didn;t know what to expect.
I miss that feeling. One of the places I always felt like being in a movie and waiting for things to happen was a hotel pub in Dublin. Ireland. I went there often during my MavenHut years and I loved the feeling I had in the afternoon or evening when I could relax and enjoy a soup or a hot tea and people watch. And think of the big things that were to come.
Why I miss it? Of course, I miss travel. I miss seeing different people and hearing different languages. And I also miss thinking about the big things to happen, in a bar, at the street level, with a hot tea in front of me.
Oh, and the hotel in Dublin? Grand Canal. The pub: Gasworks Bar. Nothing amazing. But it didn’t matter for me. And their soup with soda bread was amazing.
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