Award-winning author Michael Meyer will be teaching the Travel Writing course for CAPA this summer in London. As an accomplished travel writer, he has spent time in China and in different global cities, garnering bylines in notable outlets such as The New York Times, Time, the Financial Times, Los Angeles Times, and Chicago Tribune among others. He has kindly accepted the invitation to share his thoughts on London on the CAPA World Blog.
In London, history is always close at hand. The shelves of Charing Cross Road bookstores sag with guidebooks covering the capital’s food, art, architecture, statues, shops, tea, writers, war, buses, churches, jewels, flowers, ghosts, and “secret open spaces.” The longer you stay in London, the more you realize how little of it you’ve seen—despite the fact that in 1666, most of the city burned down.
This ever-present past is unique to global capitals. I’ve written two travel books about China, but Chinese cities are different: the longer I lived there, the more aware I became of what I could never see, because in China progress often looks like destruction. In London you can drink a pint at the Thames-side pub where Samuel Pepys watched the Great Fire. In Beijing, it is surprising to find your favorite dumpling restaurant still standing after one year has passed, let alone 350.Continue Reading