I might have a slightly confused background and generally shy away from the question “where are you from” but for the past 8 years, London has been home. And since I moved overseas a few years ago, I have spent very little time here. So, when I had the opportunity to spend a few weeks here, was delighted and vowed to make the most of it.
I’d love to say that I have filled my days gadding about town, pouring over Time Out for all the hot spots, and checking out the plethora of cultural treats this city has to offer, but in reality, I have just enjoyed being back. The simplest things like walking and public transport have made me happy! I’ve caught up with my chums, carried out a little DIY on my flat (yes, I am quite the handy-woman), visited my local pubs and generally slotted right back into life in London.
Its funny how being away for a while makes you see everything in a new light. I know when I was living here full-time I got mega frustrated with London life – commuting, crowds, tourists and the District Line all regularly made me want to give it all up for a life in the countryside. But being away and living in an environment which can feel difficult and trying in different ways, makes you look at your old life with new perspective. Its makes you realise that frustrations of day-to-day life are all relative and it is more about how you chose to tackle them. I’m resolving to return to my real life with a positive outlook and remember that the grass isn’t always greener.
But for now, I’m just going to continue enjoying the evening sunshine in my tiny piece of this big, crazy, wonderful city.