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I <3 London

Well, most of the time...

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When I first saw those hoodies with the slogan "I <3 London" on them being sold in those souvenir stalls that appeared every 100 meters as I was strolling along the commercially well-lit Regent street, I thought "Would be a cold day in hell before I buy one of those." It was a cold October day, I was exhausted from a day at College as a first year History student. And London was ugly.

Well, that was 7 months ago. Even so nowadays it would still be a cold day in hell before I buy one of those tacky hoodies. Honestly, they could have been significantly improved in style and colour. Something that says I <3 London simply cannot look identical to something that says I <3 New York, or worse, I <3 my boyfriend. That type of hoodies cannot demonstrate the beauty of London.

As a person who grew up in Hanoi and went to a private school in Blackpool, I honestly had not experienced the life in a "real" city, that is a city that does not go to sleep at night, where in every moment there is something interesting going on somewhere, and a city that is there for you to devour its culture, its cosmopolitanism, and its vibrancy. London is such a city.

Up until the last sentence I still thought that London was somehow definitely much vaster than Hanoi, but surprisingly its area is just half of that of Hanoi. Hm that is news, thanks wikipedia. Then again, that fact makes it even more amazing that London seems to be constantly boiling with all kinds of activities, events and non-events going on everyday. I guess each city has its own charm. And I am truly lucky to be able to experience them both at depth.

It is now springtime in London, and the cherry blossom trees on the side of the roads, despite the flooding trafficking, release their light pink petals in the wind in the most tranquil manner. They whirl up into these tiny pink tornadoes every time I cycle past them. Will upload picture soon.

These days I am buried in revision for the exams, but fortunately I am still sane enough to appreciate the beauty of London as always. Hah I just hope that exams will go well, then I definitely will gather some mood to write a decent entry.

Posted by AnhV 15:23 Archived in United Kingdom Tagged living_abroad

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