Being an expat it’s not always that easy.
Especially when the Summer – or that sort of Spring the English take for Summer – ends unexpectedly, the winter arrives suddenly giving you pitch dark at 5pm and the last two close friends of yours are getting ready to leave London for good.
Let’s say that in this case the kilometres that separate you from your hometown are feel longer than ever.
But of course everything comes to an end.
Because in London everything runs fast, even the blues.
Luckily enough there are: low cost flights, express trains, long weekends and the beloved younger sisters who FINALLY decided to come and visit you more often.
While I’m here writing, I can still sense all the emotions I was feeling during the last weekend.
I close my eyes and I can still feel the energy that the lively – can’t believe she is 69!- Patti Smith gave me during her concert at the Roundhouse in Camden and I’m still laughing because of our sticky fingers during our Halloween styling.
Obviously it wasn’t my sister’s first time in London, so instead of the traditional tour this time I wanted her to experience more of my everyday life in a completely relaxed way: from the concert of the Queen of the Punk in Camden and the Halloween dressing up to the traditional English Breakfast in the sunny garden of Baskervilles Tea Shop in Palmers Green, the amazing sushi at Eat Tokyo Restaurant in Soho and the coffee at the Bar Italia in Frith Street to feel a bit at home.
After I stuffed her with the heavenly Sunday Roast of the Kings Head Pub in Winchmore Hill and that 20 minutes before her Stansted Express departure I insisted she tasted a lemon cheese cake at the Euphorium Bakery in Highbury&Islington, the young lady complained because she said I just think of eating all the times: well, to be able to face the fast-paced London life you need energy, babe!