UK, first impressions, a set on Flickr.
I am visiting UK on work. I never have been very excited to visit Europe ever. I have always wanted to visit the colorful Africa and vibrant South America. But few of my friends have dreamt of traveling and visiting Europe and imagining what this country would have been in the past. This flick album is to share glimpses of what I see with them.
My unwillingness has been because of the prejudices I carried about people from this origin. But this visit to UK has just made me realize that people are people across the world. They being warm or cold or uptight or easy is just what they are on the surface. There is more to people than their surface appearance.
I am having a lovely time in the UK in the coldest time of the year. Even folks here find their days cold. I always thought if you are born in a cold country, you will be used to the cold weather and wont miss the Sun as much. But it seems to be not so. This also makes folks here take weather report quite seriously. In India, we friends make a lot of fun of the weather reporters on TV and the forecast reports on the newspaper. We make fun of weather reporters saying “No matter how much you smile and present weather cheerfully no-one really is interested”, and the joke about weather reports on newspapers being that – what ever the reports forecast, the weather will be completely the reverse of that. This second part seems to be true here too. The weather forecast here was dry and sunny day today, it was a wet and cloudy day. I also believe its because of shorter days, people make use of all the available avenues to keep themselves upbeat about life. The avenues people choose to keep themselves engaged is theater,plays, opera, music concerts and parties. This is how I think, how weather is the biggest contributor to the culture of this hemisphere. And now I know why the British talk a lot about the weather over a cup of tea!
In between work, I walk during lunch, or early in the morning before I leave for work taking pictures. Pictures of the dry naked trees with all its leaves fallen off, the old Victorian buildings in all shades of cremes, clean roads, a orderly lined up small cars, people following road rules, people cycling, graphite art and lack of high rises is all very amusing to me.