After waking up in the morning on Monday after a pleasant night of dreams, with the feeling that on this day I am completely free of any responsibility and can just do whatever the fuck I want. I wanted to see this place Neil’s yard in Covent garden in London, since I saw the picture on Facebook about 3 months ago. After having breakfast in the hostel with my new friend Philip from Berlin, I went to my room to get ready for some city exploring. In my room I’ve met a really nice girl Suad (in english it means: fortune) from Tanzania.
We imediately started talking openly and when I told her where I am going, she said she wants to go too. Perfect, I love meeting people from the countries I barely know where they are. It’s really mind opening. In Tanzania they speak Swahili language and she told me that “Mambo Jambo” means “Hi, how are you” 😉It’s quite funny ain’t it? Also the song fromThe Lion King – Hakuna Matata is from Swahili language, she said and it means “no worries”.
We took the tube from Hammersmith Station to Covent Garden Station on a Piccadilly line (dark blue line). We had so much fun meeting each other We almost missed the station. We’ve got off just in the last minute… phuiii. All this area in Central London is really nice overall. We had to ask some people to find the direction this hidden place called Neil’s Yard . . . but it was all worth it.
Truly, a nice place to visit. . . with different style bars with food drinks and snacks. Everything looks so fairy tale like. Like if you were to imagine the house of Bob Marley in London, that definately would be the Place to keep in mind 😉
We went into this nice bar to take some coffee and sweets to eat on the benches in the center of Neil’s Yard.They had sweets from all over the world, from Brazil and my favorite Portuguese sweet called “Pastel De Natta” (eng. cream cake). The waiter there was really nice, from Bangladesh. He was hitting on my new friend in a quite amusing way . . . was funny to observe 😉 Anyway he took a nice picture of us and told some history of this Yard. At first it was an industrial area with warehouses. It got deserted after the first great war in 1918. Than this guy Neil came along and rebuild-ed the area in the way it still is today. And he said that Monty Pyton was spending some years of his life living here. Very interesting stuff. . .
We had to say goodbye with Suad soon as she was meeting a friend for lunch, but really was a lot of interesting fun, exploring a new nice area of one of my favorite cities, London with her. It really is a special place, Neil’s Yard.
And one song I re-found on Youtube, while searching the Hakuna Matata song.
Yes I know, this cheesy song it sounds a bit gay . . . but all beautiful emotional songs have this kind of sound. At least this one is not about one guy crying over one girl or shit like that . . . It’s a nice song with good meaning, worlds unity song and good karma promoting. I like it and it embellishes the memory of The Neil’s Yard on Monday afternoon .The beginning of the song is also sung in the Swahili language, I think . . . (see the translation below)
Nants ingonyama bagithi Baba (Here comes a lion, Father)
Sithi uhm ingonyama (Oh yes, it’s a lion)
Nants ingonyama bagithi baba
Sithi uhhmm ingonyama
Siyo Nqoba (We’re going to conquer)
Ingonyama nengw’ enamabala (A lion and a leopard come to this open place)