I used to spend my days walking through London. For hours on end I’d wander down familiar roads, returning time after time to my favourite places.

I was a London expert. Everyone asked me for recommendations and directions. I knew the streets and I knew my place in the city. Drop me in the middle and I’d find my way home.

I’m so pleased I had the freedom to explore a city. That before fear and paranoia kicked in I learnt to find safety in the streets and protection from the throng of people.

It might not have been far from home but I had a chance to travel on my own. I’ll always treasure the time I gave myself to explore this city alone.

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