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When I visited the UK and Germany for a writing retreat/research trip in late 2014, I managed to squeeze in one precious day in London. I spent most of it gawping like a fish at the poppy- flooded Tower, and it seemed that the more I saw during that single day, the more I lost. There is just so much to see in London that for every sight I squeezed in, hopping on and off crowded red buses, fumbling with cheap ear buds and language settings, dodging specks of goopy grey rain and huge crowds, I lost three more.

Nevertheless I am filled with gratitude that I was there, that I saw, touched and breathed London (yes, even the weird, smelly girl beside me on the tube), even for one day.

My first proper look. Always a thrill to see those red buses...
My first proper look. Always a thrill to see those red buses...
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Statue of Eros @ Piccadilly Circus (I can still recall the bitter disappointment I felt on coming here as a child and discovering that there is no actual circus.)
Statue of Eros @ Piccadilly Circus (I can still recall the bitter disappointment I felt on coming here as a child and discovering that there is no actual circus.)
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Riding on the big red bus. Such fun!
Riding on the big red bus. Such fun!
St Paul's Cathedral. I have been inside before, so didn't hop off the bus.
St Paul's Cathedral. I have been inside before, so didn't hop off the bus.
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Heading for the Tower.
Heading for the Tower.
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Down to the river...
Down to the river...
.... to Shakespeare's place.
.... to Shakespeare's place.
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The big boy.
The big boy.
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Westminster Abbey.
Westminster Abbey.
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Boudicca!
Boudicca!
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