The idea for this blog came to me as I was musing over how best to spend my summer holidays. I am a teacher by trade and with six weeks of freedom looming, I really did not want them to go to waste. I moved to London in September, single, with most of my friends living in other cities. A city like London is not an easy one to move to alone. This is not the first city I have moved to alone, either at home or oversesas, but there is something about London that makes it more daungting. The maddening throngs of people at Euston station, the coldness of the daily commute, everyone trying their utmost to avoid eye contact with their fellow human lest a smile be required, the touristy souless Oxford Street and the trendy vintage bedecked folk of my chosen East London home.
London can be intimidating. London can be infuriating. But with all of this comes with an intruige and a need to be in this cultural melting pot. I have lived in over four different cities and so far none has had be taken enough for me to dig my toes in and call it home. I have always been looking ahead to where I can move to next.
‘You can be lonely anywhere, but there is a particular flavour to the loneliness that comes from living in a city, surrounded by millions of people’ Olivia Laing
I have decided that rather than run straight to my hometown where all of my family and friends await, this summer I am going to brave it alone. In this vast, intimidating city. I feel I have an opportunity like no other, as I am single, as I am being paid not to work, to really make my way into this city, discovering it through my own eyes and not shared with or through the eyes of others. In order to simultaneously explore not only what makes this city tick, but also what makes me tick. I want to revel in my aloneness, to be happy with my own company without running to the first chance at companionship.
So I have made it my mission to spend each day (or a good portion of them) finding new things in London and documenting them here. For myself and for others in a similar situation, or who take an interest in one of the greatest cities in the world.
Here’s to being alone but not lonely in the big smoke, join me on my journey!