Leaving London

February 23, 2012 at 4:05 pm Leave a comment

I came to London 5 years ago to study. I was meant to study a combined degree in language and do a 4th year in abroad. Instead I applied to do Ba Music full time and continued on to do Ma Creative Economy.
My time in London has been like a long-term romantic relationship with drama, passion, love and exitement.
Now it’s time to break up. It’s truly been a love/hate relationship. And I am wondering if I will ever move back. All I know is that I am ready to leave.
I pretend it is not goodbye but I think I know that I won’t come back. If I do, I know it won’t be the same. In London things are changing so fast and everyone I know seems to be here on a temporary basis. I guess that’s the nature of a big city. Besides friends there’s a few things that I will really miss:

Southbank: Going to the riverside always did something to my mood. And I have watched some really good gigs at Southbank Centre. And I always loved to go for a walk along the river, no matter the weather.
Often crossed Waterloo bridge and walked to Covent Garden.

Borough market: Food heaven-pure indulgence, watch your money spending!!

Southwest trains: I became a SW Londoner and took the train to London for leisure and work. It always made me thoughtful to drive that bit from Waterloo past Vauxhall, Clapham and Battersea. The view is really interesting and I sometimes watched the sunrise/sunset along this route, so beautiful. You get to see London Eye, The Battersea industrial derelect building. Whilst I lived here a tall building was buildt at Elephant and Castle. That reminds me of the first time I ever went to London which was to Elephant and Castle.

Brick Lane and Spitalfields: Spitalfields market – just to watch never bought anything. A huuuge vintage store – bought lots. A really good health store – would go there from SW London just to get a particular kind of pasta.
Of course curry!! Exhibitions and drinks..one too many drinks.

Green Parks: A good friend and I once walked from Little Venice through Hyde Park and Regent’s Park. It was an amzing, sunny and warm day. I always loved that London has so many green parks. I lived near Richmond Park for many years. I remember the first time I walked through the gates and saw a massive field in front of me with lots of big, brown, proud deer! It was like being in Jurassic Park 1.

Krispy creme: Speaks for itself, compulsory at Waterloo station.

Health food/organic/eco-friendly: The fact that you can chose to live a certain lifestyle and find reasonable products, even in the supermarket!

Pimms!! With strawberry, mint, cucumber, orange and lime…mmm..

Sunday roast: Never was a big fan really but think I’ll always miss it as the super-british thing it is.

Cornershops: Another super-british thing but which has made my life super convenient especially when I was hungover or had the pregnancy cravings.

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