My beautiful Highgate. A suburbian area of North London, magical and green with ancient woods and Georgian architecture. On the top of the hill sits Highgate Village, full of charming little shops, just round the corner from Waterlow Park with a beautiful view of the city. It's a hidden gem of London that not everyone knows of and maybe that's why it remains one of my absolute favorite places to hide away with a book and my thoughts. Gloomy weekdays are the best for a lonely stroll. On the hot summer weekends you might be surprised by the presence of Other People. Not always something to be desired when you're deep in melancholic reflections.
Let's not forget about the famous Highgate Cemetery and the absolutely stunning houses that look like made from gingerbread of just at the feet of Waterlow Park.
Last year I went through a lot of torment in my life. I was struggling to survive London, at the same time trying to stay true to myself and maintain meaningful connections with people. I was in the darkest place since a long time. I had no idea what was going on with me. I still don't know. Depression, anxiety, mood swings, exhaustion, borderline, suicidal thoughts every day. One day It got better. I know it will come back, it reminds of itself every now and then, over the course of years I learn to deal with it better. Dark matter enveloping me. One thing that kept me clinging to my sanity were endless lonely walks and explorations.
Somehow I always ended up there. Highgate is my magical place where I go to get back in touch with myself. It's a mysterious area that lives it's own life, not caring about the war going on every day in London. For me it's like entering a dreamland, a different dimension. And from there, only a walk away from Hampstead Heath - another fantasy land, so dear to my heart. I am giving you a glimpse of my monochromatic memories, that were mostly covered with darkness, but I keep coming back here and every time I see it differently and notice something new. We will see some more of it for sure.