As I mentioned in my last post (this one 😉 ) this blogging community is full of inspiring people and one of these is Giulia from thehighheeledpapergirl.com. Giulia is a lovely 19-year-old Parisienne blogger with a special passion about writing, her blog is amazing since she talks about many topics, from book reviews to every-day thoughts…definitely to check out!
Well, besides being both bloggers, another thing that joint Giulia and I is…London! Indeed, she recently moved to London for an “abroad working experience” so, as we’re both expats now, we thought about collaborating and listing a few things that are still unusual for us here, let us know if you’d add anything else! 😉
- You still hope that crossing the road will be quick. But the truth is for the man in green to appear at pedestrian crossings will always take forever, whether you push the button or not. And when you try to cross when the light is red, you realise the mistake you’ve most-likely made because crossings here are a mess: people driving from the left-hand side of their vehicles and cars coming from every side possible. Watch out, or you’ll hear the horns.
- You still get surprised to hear sirens (and horns too) so often and you’ll keep on jumping when the vehicles pass close you and trigger the siren at this very moment. But know that not a day will pass without hearing sirens, be it the police or firefighters, so be prepared!
- You still dare to take the tube during on-peak hours even in the most crowded stations because you don’t realize yet the battle you will have to take in order to: 1. actually get into the first train (or the following ones) unharmed, 2. to have a seat, 3. get out of the train on time and still unharmed and cheerful. Besides, you forget that rush hour means higher fee in the TFL and London life is expensive. Now, that’s why Londoners walk so much!
- You’re still not adjusted to the fact that every single day of the week might well be a new opportunity to spend the night out and have drinks with friends and sometimes, in the most hype areas for the lively nightlife of the city, even party until your hangover starts the following day. Week days seem to be no excuses for good times to real Londoners.
- You still can’t do your makeup on the tube. As mentioned earlier taking the tube is quite a struggle during rush hours, it’s already a miracle if you can manage to read and listen to music at the same time. But, if you’re a real London-girl, and time is so precious that you cannot allow yourself to waste it, then the time you’re in the tube is the perfect moment to do your makeup before work or a meeting. (If you’re one of these girls, please write us in the comments below how you manage to do that!! 😀 )
- You still can’t avoid taking touristy pictures. Usually, when you start living in a place, you’ll avoid taking touristy pictures, mostly because of the fact that you’ll start hating the tourists that block your way when you’re in a rush or other situations which are kind of annoying. Well, London is so tempting that you just can’t escape the temptation of taking a shot of that red phone box when the sky is turning dark and there is just the perfect light ( and of course this is just an example of the many “perfect shots but quite touristy” situations).
- You’re still asking yourself if you’re actually in England or not. It is now, the most special characteristic of London is the fact that it’s a multicultural and international city, indeed, when walking around it is quite unusual hearing someone speaking English 😀 Probably if you go on the tube during rush hours then yes, English people will be there since they’re going to/coming back from work but otherwise, it is more probable that you’ll find yourself behind someone who speaks your own language! 🙂
What about you, have you ever had that feeling of noticing things you’re still not used to when going in a different city? We’d love to hear from you! 🙂