So before I kick this post off with a discussion about the things that have made me feel about London the way I feel about some of my ex-boyfriends, I have an announcement!
After my post last week I was feeling very uncertain about the future – and not in a fun “which country next?” kinda way. I was worried that my time at university was going to be a waste, but it turns out that my nervousness regarding the subject may have been unfounded.
I got a graduate position as a registered midwife! Not only that, but I got a position at my first preference hospital! I start in February next year and it is such an exciting step forward for me.
There have been advertisements for skilled and registered midwives to work in Ebola stricken West African countries this past month, but these jobs require a minimum of two years post grad experience. So once I have my two years of work under my belt, I will be packing up and heading to O/S to work in third world countries where everyday women are denied the basic human right of having a skilled midwife present during labour and birth, resulting in a disturbingly high number of preventable deaths of mothers and babies. So watch this space! I will definitely be travelling between now and then, but I think the future will make for some pretty interesting writing.
So anyways! London! Possibly one of the most visited cities in the world, and as it seems from what you – my lovely readers – have told me, possibly one of the most loved. So why is it just not really my thing?
Now this isn’t to say that I don’t like people! Believe me, I do. But there are a lot of people in London. A lot. Going places and doing things in London, anywhere, any day, any time, you are pretty much guaranteed to be half swallowed in throngs of other tourists wanting to do and see the exact same things as you. For someone like me, I find it very draining. Hostels are always packed with other Australians too, so I don’t seem to get much alone time in London, which I kind of need to “recharge” everyday.
London is pretty stupidly expensive, there are definitely things to do and see that are free or cost very little, but basic things like transport, accommodation, food and beer cost a lot of money; money that sometimes isn’t warranted. I have had many experiences where I have spent 30 quid on a meal only to find it a bit of a let down.
Also – The London Dungeon and Madam Tussauds – fun and kitschy they may be – but they are also a bit of a waste of money. However I admit that despite the stupidly overpriced nature of London in general, I still have a soft spot for the London Eye on rainy days.
3. The general vibe
I am sure that anybody who has travelled a fair bit has had an experience such as the following:
– Every single person you have ever met loves *insert city here*
– You try to keep standard expectations but secretly are excited to see the amazing *insert city here*
– Arrive in *insert city here* and find that it just doesn’t vibe well with you
– You cannot quite put your finger on it, but you get the distinct feeling that *insert city here* just isn’t for you
I guess that London is just one of those cities for me. I think I will go back again and see if the tides have turned, but for now, it’s just not my place to be.
Oh and I also have a disturbing and unrelenting hatred for M&M World. I just cannot fathom what the point is and who on earth that appeals to, but I digress.
Oh and Stonehenge! It is such a tourist trap! Sure I may be smiling in the photograph below, but I think it’s due to a complete disbelief that I spent actual money to come out and stand in the cold for 45 minutes at a bunch of rocks that really are not anywhere near as remarkable in real life. Instagram filters can really do a lot for photos apparently.
So tell me! What do you like/dislike about London? Should I give it another go?