UPPER FLOORS of office blocks had succumbed to the new night as I hurried along Waterloo Road, near Waterloo Station. Cars and kamikazi cyclists in shiny helmets and tights were well head-lighted. Heavy clouds hid the space station due overhead about then.
|Outdoors love ... From a photograph by Teddy Kelley on Unsplash and definitely not the couple in Venezuela.|
But for the busyness of the road, the mob of office-workers I stood among would have weaved a quick passage across the intersection. Only to a side, surprisingly close to the traffic lights, a parked car shook in a somewhat enviable way.
Ship's Log 06 February 2017 1815:
51° 30' 11'N x 0° 6' 47.5'W | Wind SE 9 knots |
Barometer 1014 millibars steady
The windscreen should have been steaming up. A few gasps arose from the pedestrians around me. We don't see real-life passion out on the street that often in London, and even less in Winter.
Surprisingly for this vast city, strangers shared the surprise. It rushed me from this intensely populated corner of the metropolis to a tiny anchorage, nearly five thousand miles away in Venezuela.
Jigsaw of islands
It was the first landfall on my swallowing-the-anchor voyage. To get through the Caribbean's jigsaw of islands, I had recruited an extra pair of eyes. And Bob was the first to spot a sporting couple right in the middle of a deserted beach, right beside the anchorage. As Sailing to Purgatory reports, 'Jeez,’ Bob shouts from the bow. 'Talk about olde worlde romance; a couple’s humpin’ on the beach.
'Might've be bucketin' down on us, but the sun's shining on them. And they reckon it's reserved for the riotous.'
It was the oddest scene. I wrote, '… the sight certainly had Iago's expression in Othello, making the beast with two backs, very apt. It was extraordinary to see. Surely something so natural should look natural, or more natural, or conversely less unnatural.'
And how odd that the facial contortions we hurrying pedestrians witnessed through the screen looked decidedly unreal, replicas of the Venezuelans', too.