Can you believe I have been living in London for a month now? Neither can I. Time has gone by so quickly, however I did manage to squeeze in some tourist activities every now and then, together with an occasional (small) shopping spree. To mark this first month in London I thought I’d share a few of my first impressions of the city now that I am officially a local, sort of…
It doesn’t rain that often
People seriously have got to stop complaining about the British weather! Perhaps I’m biased, coming from a country with equally bad weather, but it really doesn’t rain that much? Maybe this was just a lucky and dry month. However out of all my visits to London I have hardly experienced any rain that would seriously bring down my mood. So far so good. Let’s just hope me writing this didn’t jinx anything!
There are hardly any trash bins in public
When in serious need you will not find one! If only they could create some trash bins of requirement (where are my Potterheads) to pop up the second you need them… This, my colleague told me, is due to security reasons after bombing incidents in the city. The municipality decided to reduce the amount of trash bins in London to prevent them from being used as weapons. Sad, but very interesting. Even more interesting is the fact that despite there being less bins than average, the city is still clean. I guess it depends on where you are, but you will hardly find any rubbish laying on the streets.
Thursday and Friday night are pub nights
Every Thursday after work I walk home from the station just like I do every day, the only difference is that the streets are filled with couples and friends ready to enjoy a night out. All the restaurants and pubs are starting to fill up around 6 pm until God knows what time! On Fridays you see a similar trend, however from certain outfits I can tell that the destination isn’t a pub but rather a night club. Saturdays, the pubs fill up once again, this time to unite sports fans that enjoy watching the game together with friends and a drink or two.
Most people aren’t actually from London
Probably one of the craziest things I’ve noticed since I moved is that most people living in London aren’t actually from London. Most people come from other places within the UK, the EU or even other parts of the world. This is what makes London such an interesting place to be, you’re surrounded by so many different people with different cultures and you all have at least one thing in common; the fact that we left our homes and moved to London!
It s crowded
During certain times, it is best to avoid certain places like the main tourist attractions, museums, shops in Oxford street and public transport. As hard as I try, I have to travel to work by train during rush hour, which always seems to result into interesting situations. Thankfully I don’t have to take the tube, which I generally don’t mind taking outside of rush hour, but the trains can get pretty crowded as well. Some mornings I prefer to wait for the next train than to try and squeeze in to basically stand with my nose pressed against the doors… Fun times indeed!
Lots of Love,