So I have been living in London for six wonderful months, and I won’t lie to you, it’s not all been sunshine and rainbows. While I’ve had the greatest time with my housemates and my friends, and fallen in love with the most incredible man, it’s had it’s down times too. One thing I can say with complete confidence though is that London has taught me a lot in such a short time.
While the more personal and life affirming things are for another post in the future, I thought everyone’s Thursday nights would benefit a little from a lighthearted ’10 things’ post – yup, it’s like a 2014 throwback in here tonight!
So without further ado, I present to you 10 things that I have learned since I moved to London:
1. NEVER stand on the left hand side of an escalator in London unless you have an actual death wish.
2. Getting onto the tube before everyone else has got off it is a sin akin to murdering their first born child. If you would like to get to work in one piece I do not recommend it.
3. Never visit Oxford Street. Ever.
4. It’s always cheaper to take your own food out with you unless you enjoy spending £8.50 on a cheese toastie and a (revolting) bottle of homemade cola. No matter how often I tell myself this however, I have never actually taken my own advice. Ho hum.
5. The Northern Line will never be nice and quiet in the morning no matter how much you beg and plead in your head. Your commute will always involve a stranger’s armpit in your face while another one gently presses his crotch into your free hand. Lovely.
6. Don’t smile at anyone on any form of public transport. They will think you are clinically insane.
7. Time Out is the best of all the free commuter magazines by a country mile and you should always try and grab a copy from the nice man outside the station.
8. If your journey involves changing trains at Bank, always leave at least an extra 10 minutes for navigation purposes. That station is ridiculous.
9. People will always run for the train at rush hour. Always. Despite the fact that the next one is approximately 1 minute away and it will make no difference to their day to wait for it. I do not understand this, but I let them get on with it.
10. London is the most exciting, fun, expensive, occasionally disgusting but all round delightful city that I have ever called home. Sure it has its bad points too but I am in love with London for being London, warts and all.
If you enjoyed this post, please let me know in the comments below – I adore writing these lists and I’m thinking of bringing them back as a weekly thing, perhaps on a Sunday.
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