Dienstag, 22. Mai 2018

Why I feel so at home in London




there are many things in life I'm grateful for and one of them is living in Europe. you can catch a flight or even jump in your car and after a short while, you end up in a country that's so different from the one you came from. different languages, currencies and deep routing cultures and traditions. it opens your eyes and lets you breathe in something new and you are never too far from home. from the deep and green forrests of sweden with its deep and cold lakes sprinkled along and little wooden houses that just make you feel "lagom" to the white and windy beaches of denmark, townhouses in amsterdam and flower fields in the netherlands, the impressive and snow covered moutains in austria until you end up on a curvey street along the coast line of southern italy, seeing a sea so blue and hearing bugs buzzing along in olive trees or the always so effortless lifestyle in south of france where the sea has a certain shade of blue that I have never seen before. luckily, I have seen all the describes sceneries and many more with my own eyes, experiences different seasons in different European countries and would confidently say, I'm well traveled when it comes to Europe, thanks to my parents who took us and showed us whats around Germany. 

there are many places, I feel comfortable and places I'm happy to go back to anytime but there are only a few that stole my heart and pull it so tight that I almost get homesick for them and sad when I have to leave. streets I wander so confidently like I wander the ones of my hometown and one of the places I feel most at home at is London.



even though my first visit was very long ago and is a faded memory of a school exchange, I only remember it being beautiful. after getting so drawn in by the UK beauty blogger and YouTuber scene a friend and I fly out for a day to just go shopping and after that, I got hooked and booked a flight and hotel multiple times of the year just so soak in the city and every time I leave my heart gets heavy and I try to work out when I can come back as soon as I board my flight home. maybe I'm supposed to live in London for good.

1. I speak the language

this might sound weird but one reason why I feel so good about being in London is that I speak English and I speak it well. I've always been interested in foreign languages and would certainly love to learn more but I feel like even though everyone in Scandinavia speaks English very well, you never really arrive until you speak Danish, Swedish or Norwegian. it makes me feel so easy and settles knowing I know how to articulate myself and I can ultimately be part of a community without the barrier of not speaking the native language. 

2. it's a big city

coming from a big city myself, the dimension of London doesn't scare me. I'm used to all types of public transport, to the hustle and bustle and the hectic kind of rude that might come with living in a big city even though I find Londoners polite as one can be compared to some I've met in Berlin. a big city means you can explore, find different souls of the place at different places and dive into almost different worlds in one big place. it also means that the anonymity of a city makes you blend in and you can learn to adjust at your own speed. it can also mean loneliness but I have never felt that in a big city. if you like to compare a big city to a party,  F. Scott Fitzgerald's quote fits it quite well: "I like big parties. they are so intimate. at small parties, there isn't any privacy.".




3. it's just beautiful

well, that does sound a bit off and probably anyone actually born and raised in London will roll their eyes. I know every city has its sketchy and probably pretty ugly spots but what I have seen from London, its just a beautiful, beautiful place. every corner I turn is photogenic. one reason why so many London bloggers have the prettiest blogs and feeds is probably that London has a pretty face. you can't resist the white townhouses and streets of cherry blossoms. the little streets filled with cafés and a possible insta shot at every corner. its a bloggers paradise and I want to live in it.

4. the opportunity

to be fair, I don't know where this blog will ever go. what I do know is that I certainly would love to take it full-time at some point in life, if I had the chance. being an English writing blogger from Germany makes me feel very isolated and almost left out. the market I work towards and the market I reach is not the one I'm living close to and that makes it hard for me. I met such lovely girls online and shooting the featured photos with Lucy made me realize how badly I want to be closer to other bloggers I love and to more opportunities for me to grow and brand myself as a blogger and London certainly would offer me just that. 





my outfit



shirt: ASOS
jeans: Primark
bag: Zara
sunglasses: quay
shoes: H&M

Location: Notting Hill, London
Photography: Lucy from foreverseptember



maybe I'm looking at London in a very dreamy way and in a way only a person who has never lived there and experienced the truth of living there but I can't help and feel homesick for it. my heart wants to explode with happiness when I land there and that does mean something. I'm aware how costly it is to live there and I have no idea if I could actually afford it one day. the one thing I know is that London will probably always have a special place in my heart and I will always feel at home there. maybe one day it will actually be my home for a while.

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