This post is rather overdue, I’ve lived here for over 7 months now. We’ll roll with it though won’t we.
So in this ‘X a Londoner’ series I discuss my thoughts and feelings about this great city from the perspective of someone who’s only lived here for X amount of time.
Here are the first few additions:
At this point, I feel comfortable in saying London is my home. London feels more like home than anywhere else in the world does to me currently. However, at the same time I have this huge cloud above me. London isn’t my permanent home, I’ll be leaving here for a short while next year, that much is certain.
I don’t think I want to leave, I’m 90% certain on that. I love this city, I love everything there is to do here, I love being a part of London, even though we all avoid eye contact with each other, we’re all part of this larger whole.
I love how I can go to somewhere new everyday, how there’s always an event on, how I can eat any type of cuisine in the world pretty easily. I love being at bars and just happening to see members of my favourite bands there, it doesn’t happen in every city. Nor will you see one of your favourite DJs/crushes just after puking on yourself before one of your favourite bands plays.
Unsure if that’s a high or a low.
I had such a romanticised view of this city before coming here, incredibly so. 7 months on I feel like my view is much more realistic. Terrible things happen everyday here, it’s dirty, it’s gross, it’s cramped, crowded, expensive beyond belief and infested with all sorts of creatures. All of those things pale in comparison to just how bloody brilliant London is though. It’s too incredible to put into words. After 7 months of doing things every week, of doing things most week nights, I feel like I’m not even close to scratching the surface of what London has to offer.
There’s that famous quote by some bloke that I can’t be arsed to Google. I’m gonna say it’s Oscar Wilde.
Well that geezer said that if a man is bored of London, he’s bored of life.
You can get frustrated of London, tired of London, angry at London, but you can’t get bored of it.
And maybe miss the clean air, open spaces and slightly larger homes with windows that don’t let rainwater leak through.
I have 5 months left here for certain. I feel like I’m going to end up back here though, it’s too incredible to leave.