Urban magic

I thought I could hear the city's heartbeat.

There often seems to be a notion that you have to be in nature before you can have 'magical' experiences.

I would say that maybe it's easier to find yourself awed by a beautiful vista, stunning flowers or a forest full of amazing trees.

I think it's even been scientifically proven that spending time in nature is good for your mind, body and soul.

But that's not to say that magic can't exist in an urban environment, too.

Not long ago, I was walking along Oxford Street in London. The sun was low in the sky and when I looked up, I saw that the buildings around me were literally gleaming with gold. The traffic was roaring, and throngs of faces – each one telling a different life story – poured past me. Lights and noise were pulsing. I could feel the ground vibrating under my feet. The air was thick with sooty dust... and magic.

Pearl