January 28, 2013
To exchange experiences of what it is like to be a migrant and outsider in what has been called a xenophobic country but can be very welcoming. I am a member of an Amnesty group and have a British passport, However, I do not consider myself to be English even though I have lived more than half my life in the UK. Now retired, I am trying to become better acquainted with London life, especially its many cultural facets. I have a strong preference for independent cinema with European films particularly, and also love European theatre. My favourite painter is Vincent Van Gogh and I have many friends in The Netherlands. This is through membership of Co-Counselling International (CCI). I do not speak any other languages than English but would like to be fluent in at least one other, maybe Esperanto from Poland. Now that I'm retired, I have time for visits to European places I have not seen. Other favourites: Scandanavia & Germany; also I've been to Ireland, France, Spain, Portugal and Italy!
I do not presently live in London, but am selling my home (offer made for it) and hope to be living there with other like-minded people. My house is in Hatfield about 20 miles N of London, and I do voluntary work in N London for a disability charity. All my working life in England from 1978 to 2009, I commuted into London, North & South every day, and was able to do many walks, and take part in cultural events etc. I grew up in NYC but since my 20's have traveled and in a way consider myself to be a political refugee here from the USA. Europe holds more attraction for me, and I celebrate the international character of this great city. Lastly, for now, before finding my future accommodation; I may decide to take up short-term rental or move in with others living in communal harmony.
I'm a non-practicing Jew(member of BHA) but value my Jewish cultural heritage. My father was the last of his family to escape from what is now Poland but then was Russia. My mother's family from Romania wasn't so lucky. They met in NYC & I'm European
Brief contact made with Martin, Tom et al during intermission but thankful for mobile text.