Back...London

Hello ma peeps,

Praise be to the LORD, the God of my life, who has not abandoned his kindness and faithfulness to moi. As for me, the LORD has led me on the journey of my life so far and he will continue to lead me all my life.


I am back and inspired (not) by my transit stay in London to note down some of the good, bad and ugly of this capital city which is one of the most expensive in the world.

The good
The joy of getting to the bus stop just as the bus is arriving
Being able to source almost anything Nigerian that you want at relatively good price.
High chance of bumping into an old friend.
Chances of hearing someone else's gist on the bus.
Theatres and Restaurants (endless variety)

The bad
Being offered a seat because you look 3-4 month pregnant.
The constant chatterings of those "you getme's" a.ka. shaniquas, roshandas
Seeing every other wannabes carrying a knock off version of your bag.
The metro litter

The downright ugly
The dude that grinds you at the back and pulling away proves difficult 'cos you are all squashed.
The underground train system has no personal hygiene screening for it's users.
The madness of early morning rush at Victoria and King's cross underground station in the morning.
Idiots with boom box bigger than their car with no concept of noise pollution.

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Needed to buy me a nice weave (in London) and after the getting the attention of the sales lady to pick a particular one, she drops me the information about a dude that was eyeing her. I am not sure how that add inches or sheen to my weave but I obliged her banter asking if she liked the dude in return. Following the light hearted conversation and the completion of the transaction. She dutifully informed me "You know when my spirit says I should sell for you, I sell for you but if my spirit says no I just tell the other girl to serve you, that is why I serve you". Ok o let's just hope the spirit does not tell your boss not to pay your salary. At least the spirit moved her to sell me a nice half wig that fits me wonderfully well.

It is not a good idea to go on long vacations, you get more drawn into the delusion that life is about long walks in the park, shopping like the world is coming to an end and adventorous visits to different places of interest.

I am seriously slacking on blogville, not visiting other blogs as much as I used to nor respond to comments on my page as I used to. And what is more disturbing I don't feel as guilty as I thought I would. I THINK I MAY BE GOING THROUGH A BLOGGING CRUNCH OF SORT...LOL

Maybe I should just go back on holiday.

Till later

35 comments:

bumight said...

FIRST!!!

now that you're back, get to blogging!
yeah, London is full of Naija people...i hear. maybe cos its only a 6 hour flight away?

Afrobabe said...

2nddddddddddddddddd


will be back..i dey go house...

UndaCovaSista said...

third :(

UndaCovaSista said...

Lol @ '...Seeing every other wannabes carrying a knock off version of your bag'.

For a long time, i actually thought you were based in London. Till you mentioned otherwise.
So where are you that no one carries your type of bag? Skegness? Lol...

Long holidays can be deceptive. I feel you jare. Re: blogging, take all the time you need ...we'll be waiting when you return :)

princesa said...

See now...i need a holiday like u sister!!!

Meanwhile, remember we postponed the SBR cos of you so u gat to be ther live and direct o!!!Check my blog for details.

LG said...

lolll@ Chances of hearing someone else's gist on the bus.
so its not just me... *grins*

norrin do u jor,
just take kia of yasef
cheers!!

Shubby Doo said...

Pls if u decide 2 go back just take me with u...i don tire...and my next hols aint soon enough! Lol@knock offs...how else would u know u were london

Rita Esuru Okoroafor said...

LOL, liked ur conversation with the sales lady.

The good of London is really good, especially knowing that it is one of the extensions of Nigeria.

Welcome back.

Jaycee said...

LOLLLL. I totally concur about the bit on going on long holidays...

You never want to come back to your real life.

Welcome back, nonetheless. Muhaha!

Funms said...

glad u enjoyed london......
lol @ d shaniquas........

Buttercup said...

lol @ the good, bad n down right ugly..

i really wonder if people tell the truth when they talk about the spirit movin them to do stuff...LMAO @ "Ok o let's just hope the spirit does not tell your boss not to pay your salary. At least the spirit moved her to sell me a nice half wig that fits me wonderfully well." hahahahahaha

Naapali said...

so wetin u bring come? abi na just dry eye you go take greet us?

isha said...

Yeah, i have problems with meeting someone i know walking in the streets everytime I visit London. It's very scary, London to me is like soy sauce, it's good only in small doses.
I love that I feel like I'm in Nigeria when I'm there tho, even in the poshest areas (not to say that London isn't posh tho).
Btw, how come there aren't really any homeless people roaming the streets there...

DiAmOnD hawk said...

holidays are wonderful... only because you've got so much reality to deal with.... if you were holiday for soooooo long... you'd hate it! so no more days for u!! :-) Im looking forward to a month off very soon... God help me... what will I do with all that time...

and blogging as its seasons... so roll wit it...

have a great wknd

NoLimit said...

Welcome back sister! Holidays have a way of doing that to one's system...at least you enjoyed the feeling while it lasted!
lol...you didn't add people with heavy luggages at victoria not keeping to the right on the escalator when you on the other hand are in a hurry for an appointment!

Esmeralda said...

It's good to have u back Tharry plus. u sure sound like u enjoyed your break.

lol @ the sales girl and her spirit, lol @ the knock off bags, the underground et al! bottomline? it's just real good to have u back!

Writefreak said...

welcome back,...i want a holiday too! lol
lol @ the salesgirl...hope to see you around on blogs o...

30+ said...

@Funms, thanks

@Buttercup, you also need to ask which kind of spirit, afterall Alcohol is a spirit

@Naaps, dry eye, see plenti water for my eye at the delight of seeeing your keystrokes imprint comment on my blog

@Isha, London has a big network of sheltered housing to deal with homeless folks. But they still exist you just need to know where to look. Back street, shop entrance at the west during the night are one of their spots.

@Diamond, One Whole month?! All the best

@Nolimit, TRUE WORDS from a LONDONER...lol, the sign clearly say stay on the right

@Esmeralda/Smaragard, I must tell you I prefer Smaragard, Esmeralda does not do it for you jo. Thx

@Writefreak, ,what is stopping you now? As long as it's a short one.

Writefreak said...

check my most recent post and you might understand why! :-)

30+ said...

@Bumight, that is one of the kokos of london, proximity to Las gidi

@Afrobabe, you try na 2nd ain't that bad

@UCS, I lived in London in the past and my friends are still deluded that I am a Londoner.

@Princessa, the koko of SBR for me is ticket o, I was making the promise when I thought there will no shopping on the trip that I just went on and my sis sourcing a £500 ticket. Now the ticket is like £750 - £800 *insert popping eyes* . BIKO, when are you going to go on Holiday now.

@Jaycee, Lol but why can't holidays be real life...sob sob

@Shubby, I will consider you if you can declare your actual weight and it does not contribute to excess luggage - lol

@Rita, You are right it is the ONE BIG GOOD of London...Naija extension

@LG, it is not only you o. My ears are sharp :)

Debbie said...

Gosh! you make me laught, you say thins so well. You are so right about London, but that's why we love it and we love coming back.
No blogging crunch O! get back ont he circuit. it's fun, I agree with you re holidays, it's unreal and the last day before I resume work depression sets in. I wonder God, when I will get lucky and win the lottery. Wishful thinking eh!

Afrobabe said...

I am back...3 days later...post fully read..I am still second though...lmao..

I cant believe you came into london once again without a word...

Glad u had fun though...I personally push out my tummy and hold my head to be offered seats in the tube...works wonders...

geisha.song. said...

hey welcome back

Uzezi said...

ur spirit told u to share ur good, bad ugly of london with us.


u don't seriously look 3 -4 months pregnant. they are just showing respect for a lady

Free-flowing Florida said...

dat sales girl funny o. hehehehehehe

welcome, dearie

aloted said...

LOL at sales girl..and spirit...hehehe


welcome back and pls dont be a stranger

30+ said...

@Debbie, tell me about it, the coming back was such an anti climax

@Afrobabe, do you really want to hook up?! I am coming back there end of September.

@Geisha, thanks

@Uzezi, My spirit kno? It was more my disgust that made me share

@Free Flowing, thank

@Aloted, e seun o

NikkiSab said...

Glad u had fun. E ya but na so life be, u gotta return home. welcome back

Afrobabe said...

yes of couse I do...september it is then...

oh we are already in september...will send u a mail...

Allied said...

welcome back Oh!

Allied said...

welcome back Oh!

Oracle said...

Looks like you're having a fulfilling life.
Well I've not been too fair to blogsville too.

Have fun

Parakeet said...

Ah 30+ plus is back...good analysis of London. And that shop girl, what is she like?

Please dont go on any blogville crunch o

pink gloves said...

I feel u on the long vacations and slight delusion.lol.
Welcome back.

Aijay said...

babe, u've just described how I feel. I'm not back yet... well, fully.
I wonder what I'll do when reality hits... sigh