Still Crazy After All These Years
Do you believe in everlasting love?
I think it does existing.
I left Bristol for good nearly 6 months ago to pursue my further study. I returned to it on 20th December to spend my x’mas there, to catch up with friends and to collect things I left with Kazuko. I took a flight from Bastislava, Slovakia – a 2 hour flight and landed in Bristol Airport around 6PM. It was already dark and snow started to fall. Look like I brought the snow from Vienna with me.
While I was walking over to the bus stop I bumped into Liz and her fiancée – Petros. It was a surprise meeting as she told me a few weeks ago that she will not be in Bristol when I arrived. But bad weather caused her flights’ cancellations (yes.. two) I was glad to see her, but am sure she didn’t (and rather be in Berlin for her holiday) Nevertheless, we arranged to meet the next day.
During my 7 days in Bristol, I stayed with Kazuko and Eard. I met up with old friends and also made some new ones : Eard, Michelle, Charlie, Aun, all the Thai lads, Paola, Ton, Abi, and Tessa, Philip, Warder, Kazuko, Keiko, Ellen, Andrea, Matthew, Grim, Jed, Simon, Brijech,Neil, the Buddhists friends, Keith and Tom from Buchanan, my ex-work place. Meeting them felt like I just left yesterday. I wondered though what Bristol would be like to me if these people were not here.
I also spent time a lot of time walking around the city, noticing changes. Lots of changes. New shops, Border bookshop closed down, the Neptune statue got board up, the flat I stayed at got sold. 6 months since I left and Bristol has already changed. 6 months can be a long time.
It was nearly 10 years ago when I arrived in Bristol as a student and yet this city still holds a special place in my heart. ‘Love?’ I couldn’t be sure, since I don’t know what it means. But for sure I like it a lot. Being in Bristol felt like I was in a company of old friends, like slipping on an old pair of jean or shoes. There is no need to put on any pretentious air, and it fits nicely on. I would go as far as saying that it might feel like being in a company of an old lover. Sitting, sharing good old time, and admiring each other. And although there are painful occasions as well as pleasant ones of the past, all are good and memorable. Time has that special effect, it numbs all pains. Of course without a real experience, I could only imagine what it would be like to sit with an old lover.
I noticed how much I still admire Bristol when I took Keiko (a daughter of Kazuko’s friend) around the city sight-seeing. I saw many of the sights countless of time and know the city inside-out still, I couldn’t help admiring them. I felt very proud too, showing Keiko around the city that is my 2nd home.
My flight back was delayed . I was told we had one-too many bag on board. After a few recounts, the airport staffs decided that it would be a good idea to get all passengers to march down from the plane to identify their bags – genius. After the marching, we left Bristol 2 hours later than scheduled. As we took off, I look through the window panel. Sparking city light, waving good bye..Only for now. See you again soon, Bristol.