In my eagerness to write about the last three weeks back in London and Berlin, I realise I left my Best of 2011 hanging. And so, finally, here’s the third installment, capturing the best of my journeying between late Summer to mid-Autumn.
During this period, I caught up with very old friends in and around London, Hamburg, Frankfurt, Hanover, Gothenburg and Paris; I briefly lost the one thing that was most important to me but managed to retrieve it; I finally said farewell to London and moved to New York, and I flew home to Singapore for my only brother’s wedding.
It was a sunlit, rain-drenched, eventful, agonising, hopeful, traumatic, and totally confusing three months.
雨，像银灰色黏湿的蛛丝，织成一片轻柔的网，网住了整个秋的世界 。（民国 张爱玲 《秋雨》）
An old friend’s birthday party in the beautiful Cotswolds
My local (Starbucks) near Weymouth St, London
A ferry on the mighty Elbe River, heading into Hamburg
HafenCity, Hamburg, with a view of the stunning new concert hall designed by Herzog & de Meuron
Miniature Wonderland, Hamburg – the largest miniature railway system in the world. I loved it!
Ancient architecture in Jork, Altesland, Lower Saxony
Sunset over Stade, another mediaeval town in Altesland, Lower Saxony
At the mud-flats in Wattenmeer National Park, Schleswig-Holstein
Marienburg Castle, outskirts of Hanover
With two dear friends at the Grounds of the Herrenhausen Palace in Hanover, the ancestral seat of the Hanoverian and English Monarchs.
View of the Machsee – a vast artificial lake commissioned by Hitler in Hanover
Braunchsweig (Brunswick), a small mediaeval city near Hanover
Hanging out with a good friend, on a sunny afternoon in Gothenburg, Sweden
The rejuvenated historic district of Haga, Gothenburg
Farewell to London – view from a cab heading towards Heathrow Airport
Hello New York – view of Manhattan from the East River Ferry
A wedding at the family home, Singapore