I would like to say that I am very well-travelled, but the truth is that I have not left Europe (yet). In Europe, however, I have visited many amazing cities from busy capitals to deserted villages hidden in mountains. There is only one city I go to as many times as I can and that is London. I studied English, so of course I feel some sort of connection to the capital of the United Kingdom, but there is more to it than that alone.
London is beautiful in the sense that it exudes culture and history wherever you go. Whenever I am in London, I discover new things even in places where I have been before. It is a city that never gets boring and even though the most famous buildings are large and majestic, they don’t get lost in an illusion of grandeur. It is a city that is alive, but not in an unpleasant way. Yes, you should avoid Oxford Street on a Saturday afternoon because fighting your way through the crowd then is very unpleasant. Apart from that, I do not mind the crowds, I thrive in them.
City of diversity
I love watching people and observing them. London is a city of diversity. A city in which all sorts of people live and feel at home. It is different from my hometown, where people try their best to stay as normal as possible and not stand out. In London, it is okay to stand out and it is also okay not to. The Underground provides a perfect opportunity to watch people and in my head I make up stories about who they are and what they want to accomplish in life.
The thing I love most about London is the freedom of Art. It is a city where art is all around you without it being pretentious. I can thoroughly enjoy the buskers who play in the underground (and actually are good at it – unlike the violin player in my city who only knows the Godfather themesong and plays it badly). I love to watch the living statues from a distance and see their interaction with people. I’m amazed at the drawings artists create on the streets. London is a city that sparks my curiosity unlike any other city, and that in itself is amazing. It inspires me.
I would not like the live in London, afraid that it will become ordinary if I do. But I love to visit the city as many times as I can, whenever I feel that I need another spark of inspiration. London, I truly love you.
What is your favourite city in the world? Let me know in the comments!
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