Tired of London, Tired of Life

According to Dorothy there is no place like home… But what is a home, for a gypsy like me? Is it the place where I was born? The place where I grew up? Is it where my suitcase is? Or is it simply where the heart is?

After years of travelling I have learned that home is a very relative, malleable concept. Some days I wake up pining after China and the thought of smog filling my lungs with every breath fills me with not only hazardous toxins, but also indescribable joy. Other days I think of my grandparents’ cooking and want nothing more than a plane ticket to Bohemia. But most days, lately anyway, I wake up extremely content. I am back in London, the city of my dreams, and for the first time in many months I feel like I am where I belong.

Nowhere is this more apparent than in my outfit choices. In Russia I hid underneath layers of fur and large shawls. In Morocco I tried my best to blend in with earthy tones and modest necklines. In Beijing… well, fine – in Beijing I dressed like the silly bean I am. But in London I am truly back in my element – this is the one place where nobody judges me for my eccentricity. If home really is where the heart is, I am happy to say that I am finally back home.

“Why, Sir, you find no man, at all intellectual, who is willing to leave London. No, Sir, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.” -Samuel Johnson

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coat: zara; boots: tamaris; bag: bata; sweater: ravi famous; dress: romwe

Do you agree that home is where the heart is? Where do you feel most at home? Is this reflected in the way you dress?

  • Very pretty outfit. I hope to visit London next year. My definition of home: home is where your heart is.

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    • So true! Ah, London is beautiful I’m sure you’ll love it 🙂

  • Macarons & Sakura Tea

    Hi Sabina! What you say is true. London is an eclectic city where you can freely wear your ‘heart’ on your sleeve and just be happy. 🙂 Happy travelling!

    • You’re so right – I absolutely love that about London! 😀

  • Miss Favitta ♡

    Oooh I absolutely love the quote by Samuel Johnson! (I also read Samuel Jackson the first time around and thought WOW THAT ACTOR IS DEEP hahaha) But nonetheless, it’s spot on and I can 100% identify myself with it!
    And I absolutely love your outfit girly, we should grab a coffee sometime, whilst we are both still here – lots of love xx

    Tanya | Miss Favitta
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  • Hi Sabina,

    Great shots!

    For me, wherever I feel most in my element is home. Yep, where the heart is. I enjoy Bali and Thailand more than any place on earth because when the plane lands I get that excited feeling, and I know this is where I am meant to be. Sometimes I dream of other spots but whenever I’m in Ubud, or Chiang Mai, or most spots in both places I feel like I’m home, and contented.

    As for dress, I’m more of a traveler/t-shirt-shorts-flip flops chic guy but I do hear you on clothing/fashion. I go simple, but I so appreciate Bali and Thailand because I can wear casual stuff, and dress less conservative i most spots, without drawing attention. Sure some locals may not appreciate this – like anywhere on earth – but more locals in Bali and Thailand won’t mind seeing a guy with a tank top, or his shirt off, when by the beach.

    In other places, where I think a bit more about fitting in, well, I don’t feel as at home because I can’t go casual as easily. I fully respect their rules, but I can see why you’d dig a place like London. Anywhere works for me, if it’s a spot where you can feel comfortable in your own skin and the locals won’t bat an eye at this.

    Thanks Sabina.

    Tweeting soon.

    Ryan

  • Yidian Cheow

    I agree how simple things – from the smog in Beijing to your fashion style in London – remind us of our various homes in different ways. Home is indeed malleable and it very much lies where your heart is 🙂

    I also wrote an article on the notion of home, similarly exploring where, what, who, when is home.
    http://iwanttobeanomad.wordpress.com/2014/07/07/the-notion-of-home/

  • Love the boots, and some great photos

    Suze | LuxuryColumnist

    • Thanks so much Suze! 🙂

  • SELINA

    I love the quote of Samuel Johnson 🙂 Great Shots by the way 🙂

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  • Just found your blog via Hippie & Heels and love it! I have to agree, I feel most at home in New York where my weirdness fits in.

  • I feel most at home on the water, but Sydney is my home. I used to live in Austria and it was calming, but i do agree your heart yearns so your “home” can be anywhere

    Lucy x

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