What an opportunity for me
I have now lived in the capital for a while now. It was a little bit of a transition from my hometown of Liverpool and my adopted hometown of Newcastle. As much as I continue to love each of my previous hometowns and I thoroughly loved every single minute of living there, London life is completely different.
It is not just as straight forward as the mere fact about 8 million people live within the confines of London and its surrounding suburbs. The sheer complexity of the city, whether it be people, cars or bikes, is enormous. Sometimes it can seem a very daunting place.
I looked on it in quite realistic terms, I am a sportsman on a career journey and I get the opportunity to ply my trade in one of the world’s truly multicultural cities. I mean its like living in New York, LA, Milan, Rome or Paris. Sorry to any inhabitants of great cities I have missed out! Anyway, I couldn’t pass this life opportunity up.
Yes, there’s was going to be all the difficulties that face any young couple moving to an alien city. The fear of the unknown, so to speak. As a couple we had a few friends that were already embedded in London life and that made things so much easier for us both. The club were also extremely helpful in helping us adjust.
I have tried to immerse myself in London life, not so much the nightlife but in the cultural lifestyle our capital city offers. From art galleries to concert halls, from the history and nostalgia of Trafalgar Sq to the idiosyncrasies of Soho. There is just so much to do in this city, that the mind boggles at times.
I recently visited the Tower of London and was blown away as to the size and complexity of what I initially thought of as just another castle. How wrong I was. It was a sprawling city within a city. It was a place that was built to protect and support the monarchy from any form of danger. To the point were the controls of the Tower were said to control the whole country, such was its importance in this country. If you get the chance to visit it, its an informative day out.
I could be here all day talking about the sights of London, without wanting to sound like a tour guide too much, I will finish up there. Whether you are into music, theater, sport, politics, food or whatever else takes your fancy, its available in the big smoke. Yes, you’ll have to put up with loads of people and traffic and all that. But they are obviously there for a reason. That reason is it’s a great place to be.
Maybe not everyday of the week mind…