London Reflections


Last week I had to go to London for late afternoon meetings. I ended up being there long enough to experience a little of the end of day commute. Bleurgh. Commuting is pretty rubbish at the best of times, but when you add in cramped tubes and the total crush of people it just makes it even worse. I'm so glad my commute doesn't involve any of that. I might really dislike commuting to work, but at least I get to sit in my car and listen to the radio or my music without having someone smooshed up all in my face.

London01I ended up on the Southbank which is always a lovely bustling part of London, and it was especially lovely with the sun going down and the lights reflecting in the river. I just about managed to resist buying the entire contents of the Southbank Centre's shop. Just. They had some really lovely bits and pieces in there and I'm already trying to think of another reason to visit to perhaps pick up a few things...

As much as I enjoy London for a day trip here and there, and now the occasional meeting, I don't think I could quite handle living there. For me, I think it's so much nicer and easier to appreciate the hustle and bustle of the city and appreciate it's beauty when you also get to go home at the end of the day. I think if I lived in London I'd get too fed up with how busy it is, how expensive the food and housing is and how sweaty the tube can be to really appreciate the good bits of London. But then again I think that's also just because I'm really not used to city living. I grew up in a small village where you were lucky if the bus came every hour and now I live in Kent where Canterbury is the nearest city and it's a pretty small one in comparison to most- although for me that's part of it's charm! I wouldn't mind all of the National Museums, flower markets and having Borough Market on my doorstep though...

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