I have to admit that it’s tough to live in London. Being a tourist or a student here is perfect, for all those great museums and galleries, cafes and gastronomies, good and bad weathers coming along in fifteen minutes. But to work is different.
You feel the urge to do something but at the same time, feel the guilt not to do anything relevant to your work. One moment you fall in love with the diversity and vibes, but you may change your mind just in the second after. Sometimes it’s too much.
It’s all about choices. For the past years I’ve been focusing on personal growth instead of the outer world around me. Umea is prefect in this sense. Now I have to spare at least one day each week for the city. And the first attempt was a 99% failure.
I can ensure you that it wasn’t about the weather at all. It was about the crowd. I’m always comparing here to Shanghai in terms of density of people, and to my surprise, sometimes I find London is way worse than the so claimed “crowded as hell” Asian metropolis.
I went to Oxford Circus every weekend since I arrived. None of the times turned out to be a relaxing experience. And what I found was that this doesn’t only apply to Regent Str. It spreads out the whole centre including Trafalgar Square and Covent Garden. And Soho doesn’t at all resemble Mitte.
And this is not the end. From what I heard, you’d rather skip London Eye as well if you consider the above as terrible experience.
Hope I could find somewhere less stressful here for the coming weeks.
To-do list in mind
Rembrandt Exhibition in National Gallery
(yes I’ve not seen enough Rembrandt in Amsterdam. The comparison of dark and light is so expressive. Several masterpieces of Van Gogh are displayed as well. But there will be not a single painting that could exceed the whole experience in Amsterdam.)
A walk in Hyde Park
Westminster and the Buckingham Palace ( a nice walk would be prefect)
Brick lane market
Rough trade east
Kinetica art fair (for the coming week:)
Maybe London tower
Camden market (and of course concerts from Bandsintown)
A walk in Hampstead Heath
Museum days (National history, V&A & Science museum)
Notting Hill market
A walk in Richmond / Kew Garden
To be added