London is a fascinating, bustling, beautiful city that I have been blessed to call home for the past 12 months. I have jotted down a few of my observations, lessons and reflections from my London life.
The novelty of riding in a black cab has not worn off.
Travelling to Europe after work can really happen.
Winter felt twice as cold (because it is).
Summer felt twice as hot (it isn’t, but air con isn’t really a thing).
London museums and libraries are stunning and I fully recommend going alone.
It is completely acceptable to not own a car.
You are 100% guaranteed to get lost in London Bridge Station. Even more so if you are meeting a friend.
Carrying groceries down the street has started to feel normal.
Carrying bread and milk on the tube will never feel normal.
The speed in which the tube approaches a station still makes my jaw drop. This is no CityRail.
The rules of personal space absolutely do not apply on the tube. Also be prepared for some strange sights. A man in a striped onezie carrying a briefcase, an elderly man in a robe reading an encyclopaedia with a magnifying glass, women knitting, a man eating a whole BBQ chicken, another carrying a trombone, a lady holding a dog in a coat, football fans chanting, a child train announcer, a man carrying a TV in a box, a giant blow up doughnut taking up a seat, someone dressed as Hagrid. The list goes on. But you see where I’m going.
Always carry an umbrella. No questions.
In summer, any London park closely resembles Bondi Beach at 3pm.
Cafes are places of beauty (and model photoshoots).
The lure of beautiful architecture is enough to get me out of the house on a lazy Sunday.
Stand to the right when on an escalator. But when walking, keep left. Also keep left when driving. Yeah not sure?
Indian food is everywhere. And it tastes great.
People actually live in pink houses.
I do enjoy hot chips with mayonnaise. And mushy peas aren’t so bad.
Where is the chicken salt? I miss it immensely.
I was blessed to be able to experience not only life in London, but work in Washington DC and Spain, and visit Barcelona, Budapest, Atlanta and Paris over the past year! Not to mention a quick trip home to Sydney, with an unexpected layover in Dubai and Turkey on the way home.
Bring on the rest of the year. The sunshine will always shine through.