Friday, 17 November 2017

Why I love London, but couldn't live there

 I love visiting London. I always feel like a shinier, more confident version of myself when I'm pounding the streets of the capital. London makes me feel so many incredible emotions, but always mixed in with a few niggly ones too. For me, London is the ultimate paradox. When I'm there I feel inspired and confident, but I can also end up feeling pretty anxious and tired too.


London is a very busy and diverse city, and there's always something exciting to do whilst you're visiting. Even just popping there for work like I did a couple of weeks ago made a really nice change and it was nice to be in the city for a day. A few days later, I was back in London again for an afternoon in Covent Garden with the girls. It always feels like a welcome change to my sleepy "real" life.

Staying in London last month with my family for my sister's graduation and my birthday reminded me of my love-hate relationship with London. It was exciting to be staying so close to the centre of London, but a few things just reminded me of why I would not like to live there forever. It was really difficult to sleep because of how noisy it was! Sleep is quite high up on my list of priorities so waking up feeling like I hadn't really slept was far from ideal.

There was also the business of the tube in the morning. We travelled down to Cutty Sark on the DLR at rush hour, and it was so unbelievably busy (thankfully, not going our way) but it really put me off. I couldn't imagine arriving at work in the mornings after a stressful, and no doubt sweaty, commute to work. Our trip to London was so nice, and reminded me of my love for London, but also that I love it because I don't spend every day there.

For me, London is a place I can visit when I want to feel empowered, or to have a break from the mundane. It is fun, exciting and a little bit luxurious - I always say yes to the shoes/bag/dress/book in London. It's a treat for me, and I love it. It's best to keep it that way!

What do you think of London?
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  1. I haven't been to London but I can relate with your sentiments. I absolutely love visiting Singapore but I can't see myself living in it for a long term.

    xx, Richel V. | richelvergara.com

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    1. I've never been to Singapore but it's definitely on my list of places to visit! Yes, London is amazing but I couldn't love there long term xx

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