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Train junkies/4

P1180188The first time I went to Leeds I was staying in another beloved, much smaller hotel, in GCP (Great Cumberland Place). Not far from St Pancras, but not properly walking distance…a good walk I daresay. A walk not to be done with luggage.

Maybe due to the fact that I took a cab to reach King’s Cross, I failed to realise something important. That THE connection to Leeds is indeed King’s Cross – St.Pancras.

What a coincidence! And what an elating feeling…

Normally when I come to London I feel alone again. I am away from MeinMann and in a city in which I lived before getting to know him. A city I associate with work and not with common souvenirs. We only did a very brief small holiday in London, many years ago. So I normally never associate London with “us”.

But this time, for the first time, I did.

King’s Cross St.Pancras was – at the time I lived in London, that is, 20 years ago – not a place where one wanted to go. It was defined in the press as the seediest place in London. Things have changed and now, as I said, it feels friendly and familiar.

Who would have imagined, only six months ago, that my newly familiar and gemuetlich place in London is also the gate to Leeds and to MeinMann!

I realised this when walking with my Rimowa from the Ticket Hall bar of StPancras across to King’s Cross concourse…the seamless connection ever.


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