Ethiopia to London – I am ‘Home’!
I arrived in my lovely and wonderful London at 07:00.
My ‘London home’ feeling.
The immigration man was typically English witty.
Fundon, I am home.
London…Baby, I am so glad to be here. Everything about you is exciting. Getting on the Tube is exciting. Using my British bank card with no foreign fees is exciting. Blending in as a typical white person is exciting. White women are exciting. Falling love 15 times in the 2 hour Tube journey from Heathrow is exciting. Knowing that I know where I am all the time is exciting. Being in a city with many people who love me is exciting.
London, I have missed being in you. I am so excited to spend time with you again. We have been wonderful together off and on for six years now, and I have remained in love with you when we are apart. The way you move, the way you smell, the ease of being together. I was not crazy about you at first, but you grew on me and I got to see things about you that I was not expecting. I had only planned to give you six months when I arrived, and now look at us. Everyone knows how great we are together. I have been unable to love another as much as you since I really got to know you. I shall always leave you for periods, but I will always think about you when I am gone and think about the moments when we will be together again. I will probably love you forever.
I showed up at my friend Telmo’s house in Brixton. He was at work but his girlfriend took care of me and told me to settle in. I found a couch and I passed out on so hard that I that missed calls from my head-adjacent ringing telephone during my slumber. It is possible that it was a temporary coma I fell into. Two nights on an airplane in a row will take a bit out of a man.
I spent the afternoon hanging out with Telmo at his bar. He fed me and boozed me while we caught up. It was great to hang out. By the time I tried to make my way to Hard Rock Cafe it was 21:00 and there was still remaining light from the sun outside. That felt really strange. I have been around the equator or not far from it for so long that for six months the sun has been respectively rising and setting right around 06:00 and 18:00. It was peculiar to see sunshine at 20:00. Actually, truth be told, it is strange to see sunshine in London at any time. No one comes here for the weather…
It was nice to see faces in Hard Rock and be treated so well there when I went inside. It amazes me that I have not worked there in four years and yet new servers and bartenders still know who I am. Awesome. I feel like a celebrity in that place!
Carlos finished work after midnight and we went to a random bar half way to between Brixton and Peckham to talk nonsense and catch up on life. It was so cool to do that. It is wonderful to be around dear friends again.