Facebook post, September 29th, 2015:
Though I was in London 16 days, I feel as though I barely scratched the surface of it.
That’s in part because of the role I was there to play in Christian’s life, but mostly it’s because you have to live in London as Christian did to begin to grasp the magnitude of it and the way it draws people to itself.
I think Christian found the best metaphor to describe London.
He said that to him, it’s like a choral reef.
The more I thought about that image, the truer I found it to be. Choral reefs take ages to grow and to find an equilibrium. They are vast and varied, offering shelter to multiple living layers that learn to live in balance with each other and even to offer protection to each other.
London is an ancient city built layer upon layer, attracting life from the vast ocean of human populations. Life within it is multicoloured, stratified, fluid and fragile, and circulates through its Tube network.
Its most colourful spots are its gathering places, like Portobello Road, Borough Market, and all of its theatres and pubs.
Thank you Christian for showing me YOUR London. xoxoxoxo
(Images: Coral Reef and Portobello Road, London, UK)