Love At First Sight … for London
If you’ve caught how I feel about London as the greatest city on earth, I have not actually posted anything about this city I am living in. So I think it’s about time. Even if I may not even scratch the surface.
I came to London in May 2011 — first time in London, first time in Europe, and I instantly fell in love with it. It wasn’t the easiest time to be in the UK. The country has fallen into recession and visa regulations are harsh. But there I was anyway, managed to slip through the crack.
I did not know anything about London the first time I came here. In fact I knew very little about Europe. Did not know that the UK consists of four kingdoms and Ireland was divided into two. Did not know Spain share border with France. Did not know that Stonehenge was located in England.
The first week I landed in London, I walked the city every single day from morning until evening. I got Top 10 London guide book from the hotel I stayed in. And then I walked and walked, discovering one majestic building after another. Eyes opened wide with wonderment while trying to keep my jaw off the floor.
There is something about that first wonder of seeing a new city. The following were the photos I took that first week. (click to enlarge)
I went through difficult time in the past few weeks. Vfx industry is hurting around the world, and my company is hurting too. There was a chance that I would lose my job. While that would’ve been really bad, the thought that I had to leave London saddened me the most. My body was literally hurting, thinking that I had to leave this city that I love so very much.
Fortunately things are looking up. Some of us dodged the bullet and we got to live another day. This post is part love letter, part wish, that I can keep staying here. Every day I pray hard and cross all my fingers, that I am given more time, even if it’s just a little while longer.
Here’s to more wonderful days in the greatest city on earth! :)