In July I was in London for the second time. Even though I was there for a conference it felt very much like a short vacation. Often it doesn’t take much to feel relaxed if we know how to grant our souls some rest.
I was very fortunate to stay with a friend who knew all the cool places to go and secrets to refresh your inner reservoir. The biggest gift though, was to simply have time. No schedule, no pressure to be anywhere at a certain time.
I spent an entire day just walking the streets around Notting Hill, stopping at little shops, talking to the sales people and listening to their stories of craft work and customers. Eventually I ended up in Brompton Road and saw the old golden sign of ‘Harrods’. Every English student has heard the name of this old traditional department store. The place where you can buy everything (if you have the money) and dive into a completely different, shiny new world (if you have the time).
I had some time and decided to go in.
Brightness hit me instantly, there were shiny things everywhere. They have departments for almost everything and I had to take a closer look at some objects I’d never even heard of before.
I made it to the cosmetic section and was surrounded by perfume smells, perfectly styled make-up artists and the names of well-known designers. This is not my natural habitat, I must say, but today was different. I decided to just explore and see what they would do to me.
A stylist set me down and gave me a free make-up tutorial with the latest trends and some expensive products. It felt nice to be pampered and I must say, the final result looked actually kind of nice.
I definitely don’t want to look like a movie star every day, but once in a while it’s relaxing to just sit down and let others take care of you.
Welcome to Day 5 of 31 Days of Mundane Narratives! For the month of October I will be a storyteller. Together with a few friends we will browse the forgotten photos in our galleries and tell the stories that are so often lost in busyness.
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