Monday, February 25, 2013

My Favorite Shortcut: The Royal Opera House

I have an embarrassing confession to make: sometimes, when I'm rushing to the gym from work, I take a shortcut through the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden.

I feel kind of wrong doing it, even though I know that, technically, I'm not doing anything wrong - I'm not causing a disturbance or blocking people from collecting their tickets by simply walking through. But, at the same time, it feels wrong because the ROH is like hallowed ground to me: it's home to one of the greatest ballet and opera companies in the world, and I'm strolling through on my way to the gym.

Like Big Ben, the ROH is a place that never ceases to amaze me. Often, I've contemplated about leaving London - sometimes when I'm feeling restless or bored or frustrated or homesick or sick or annoyed, I think about leaving my life here behind and starting anew. I know it'll still be waiting here for me. But then I'll walk through the ROH, or glimpse the London Eye and Southbank from Waterloo Bridge (which happens to be my favorite view of London) and think, "Not quite yet. I'm not ready to give this up just yet." I only wonder when I will.

What about you? Do you have any favorite shortcuts, whether it's on foot or by car? Or some other method of transportation?


  1. (1) Covent Garden to Holborn via Seven Dials.

    (2) Every chance I get to go along Whitehall and towards Trafalgar Square

    1. I love walking through Seven Dials too! And Whitehall is a beautiful shortcut as well. Thank you for sharing!

  2. my shortcut in sevilla after class was through tiny gardens, leading me right to a stunning view of la catedral. it never got old, ever. it was a tiny glimpse of heaven! i would post a pic if i could.

    1. I bet there are some amazing shortcuts in Seville. I can just smell the jasmine and orange-scented air now - so lovely! I wish you had a pic!


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