How are you? Did you have a nice weekend? I travelled to the south of
England because some of my ex-students from Japan are there now. I spent
one day in London, and one day in Cambridge. Let me tell you about London
I went there to see a lady who I taught English to when she was a junior
high school student. We hadn't met for 14 years so it was amazing to be
able to see her in my homecountry! Despite never leaving her hometown
before, she has come to England alone and is studying English in London:
I really respect her courage.
We started our day with a traditional brunch at The Troubadour, a famous
cafe and club where singers such as Bob Dylan, Keith Moon, and Charlie
Watts started their careers in this country. Recently, Adele and Ed
Sheeran have also played gigs there. I am actually named after the song
"Corrina Corrina" by Bob Dylan so it felt special and exciting to be in the
place he started his career in my homecountry.
After brunch we walked around London, passing through beautiful
streets and St. James' park before calling in at London's famous department
stores, Harrods and Liberty. Though it was much too expensive and I
couldn't buy anything, I liked Liberty because it was so traditional and
quaint both inside and outside. (You can see a picture of the beautiful
streets at the top of this article, and the pictures at the bottom of this
article show the entrance to St. James' park, and Liberty department store.)
The only way to finish our day was of course to have a beer and food in a
pub. My student and I talked nostalgically about her school days. At that
time, we were teacher and student and we couldn't communicate well in each
other's native languages. However, 14 years later, here we were, in
England, spending time as friends and communicating in each others'
How wonderful learning a language can be! It truly opens the world up and
brings such wonderful opportunities. I hope more people will use their
language skills to step out into the world.
Thank you so much to my ex-student, now my friend, for the wonderful day
and lovely memories together. They are very precious.
Next time, let me tell you about my day in Cambridge. Until then, take
care and continue to enjoy your summer!
Best wishes, from Corrina. ☺️