It would seem as though the seasons have taken an unexpected and sudden turn against us. Just when the sun was shining full of warmth and promises for a bright tomorrow, the days turned cold and gray, threatening to rain on all our future parades with each passing day.
I find that my own feelings are reflecting this seasonal change. Prior to leaving Istanbul in early September, I was madly in love with it and ready to move back at the first opportunity. Upon my return, something happened and I felt jaded by the whole city. All of a sudden, everything that I disliked about Istanbul came under a glaring light, pushing all the reasons I loved it into the fading darkness. Yes, I still love Istanbul, but like a summer romance reaching its inevitable end, I just knew our time to say goodbye had come.
I find that perhaps six months is too long for me to “travel” in one place. The same thing happened to me during my trip across Europe in 2005. By the time the six month mark approached, I was just looking forward to going home and not enjoying the rest of my trip. I find this happening to me again.
Now I’m currently in London, nursing the wounds of a broken heart from a short-term love affair with Istanbul, though I must say it hasn’t been exactly difficult. It definitely helps that London has everything that I missed in Istanbul about New York City. It’s absolutely lovely to be able to eat a wide range of foods and have so many different types of things going on around me all at once.
I think it’s just too bad that I keep thinking about my return to NYC. London has a character all its own that’s making me fall in love with it, but NYC will always be my love. Of course, this doesn’t mean that I won’t be able to have a brief fling with London either!
Check back for my London blogs to come!
© Connie Hum 2009