London in ten days and ten facts - part 3

By Martina - Saturday, August 29, 2015

  • Tube strike
We happened to be in London during the latest tube strike, and for the first time I had to find out how to move and reach places using the bus. I must admit I thought it would be harder, I actually managed to go everywhere with the famous double deckers. My boyfriend and I even managed to get to a pub in Hammersmith that was hosting an open mic (he played, I filmed). 
The thing I love about traveling in the streets instead of under the ground is that you get to see places you've never seen before and adjust the map that's in your head so that you are able to go everywhere more freely without losing your way.

  • My boyfriend plays guitar
Yeah, have I ever mentioned that? He plays guitar and sings and writes his own songs. I absolutely love everything about that, except maybe the fact that we can never travel light because of all the equipment he needs to bring with him. But that's not a big deal really, because every time I see him performing I just feel so proud to be his girlfriend and I don't care about anything else.
We spent time in some parks sometimes, so he could sing freely and rehearse his songs while watching the birds and the trees and the sky.

We've met in London two years ago, even though we are both Italians. We were introduced by a couple of sisters that are good friends of mine and had just got to know him because that summer they were all enrolled at the same music school in Kilburn. I'll never thank them enough. If it wasn't for them, I would have never met the incredible guy that now is my beloved boyfriend. A couple of things that made me fall for him were the fact that he dreamed of moving to London and that he liked Ed Sheeran. As you can see, music and London play an important role in my life.

  • Les Mis
There's one last thing I wanted to talk about, and it's my love for Carrie Hope Fletcher and Les Miserables.
The two things started separately, as I subscribed to Carrie's channel long before she was chosen to play Eponine, and my love for Les Mis built up through time, because I'd seen a film about it and I liked it and because when I watched the first episode of Glee I fell in love with the song they used to introduce Rachel, which was Eponine's On My Own.
I'd managed to get tickets to see the show two years ago, and it was the most amazing experience, so you can guess how happy I became as soon as my boyfriend bought our tickets. We saw the show on our last night in London, right before we had to catch our flight. We made the best out of our time, bought some merch and ice cream and went to the backstage door to meet the cast. We chatted a bit with Carrie (you have no idea how much I love her and admire her and respect her) and took a couple of pictures with my  boyfriend's iPhone ('That's what iPhones were made for' said Carrie, when we told her that we had a professional camera with us but we could as well use our mobile to take a selfie).

I think I'm going to film a video about Les Mis and upload it on my channel, and maybe also film a video dedicated to Carrie (that sounds a bit creepy but oh well).

If you are still here and managed to read through all of this and survive, thank you. Here's a cookie, just for you.

Marti xx

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