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On being British: 6 things I learnt about the Britishers

Even though I am a seasoned traveler and have stayed for long periods in Italy, Germany and the United States, I never really got to London till last year! I have heard from friends on London being one of the most vibrant cities in the world and I could not agree less. Wasn't it the famous English writer, Samuel Johnson who said in the year 1777, that when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford! I was a guest at my cousin's house in London for almost two months and while she was busy with her work, I had plenty of time and opportunity to discover London on my own and get to know the British. Leaving the house early, I would sometimes treat myself to a freshly cooked organic breakfast at Pret A Manger with my favorite soya cappuccino to go, and then head out to explore London.

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Life in Old Town Edinburgh when it rains

My first evening at Edinburgh, it started to rain heavily while I was stuck at the Starbucks Old Town Edinburgh, without an umbrella. However, what followed was the most delightful sight of passers-by in colorful clothes and umbrellas, as I watched them from the glass windows of the cafe. Here are some pictures from that evening that I took from inside the Starbucks Cafe, and as I was looking at them, I realized Scottish people love color!

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Sixties London with photographer Dorothy Bohm

I was first introduced to Dorothy Bohm through my friend Joe Crosby, a building and design contractor, who was doing a restoration project at her daughter's home. Joe invited me to visit Dorothy's exhibition called the 'Sixties London', being held at the Jewish museum in London. Being interested in photography myself, I was immediately struck by Dorothy's work and how she was able to go beyond the ordinary and find meaning in the seemingly insignificant moments of life. Later I met Dorothy at her London home in Hampstead where she invited me to have tea with her.

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Why Scottish men are every woman's dream come true

Even though I was in Scotland only for a week and even though I only accidentally ran into Scottish men in my short trip there, judging by their friendliness and unprecedented good manners, I am convinced that they should be every woman's dream come true. Personally, I am way too old for this sort of a thing or perhaps a little too self-confident to be entrapped in the wonders of love, but any woman who still has faith in her childhood fantasies of a perfect love and is still single, should by all means move to Scotland to find her Prince Charming there.

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