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Round my hometown

Hi All,

It’s been a good few weeks since my last post, so much has happened and I’ve been super busy. I had a job interview that I didn’t get (there will be other opportunities), I had a semi serious chat with my dad about future plans (still not out, but am more confident now) and I started packing for my holiday. Well, I was packing for a holiday that didn’t quite pan out, so being the resourceful me, I decided to staycation. For those that don’t know, staycationing is having a holiday within your own city (or town). It may not sound like a holiday to some, but think of it this way, how much of your own city have you actually seen? How many sights have you been to? How many secret treasures are there to be found within your hometown? For me the answers were a list of things I haven’t done. Being a Londoner I have taken my city for granted. For instance I have never even been up Primrose Hill to see the views. So instead of packing for a week in warmer climates, I changed a few bits and packed to stay at home. Well not exactly home, I got a studio apartment and am staying closer to the centre.

I have done a staycation before, and have loved it. London has a special place in my heart, and I didn’t even realise how much there is to do. Too busy rushing to and from work to take time away and see what the city has to offer. My list this time included the more obscure things that people don’t necessarily see often. Things like Primrose Hill (where I saw Russell Brand walking his dog), the science museum (to nurture my inner geek), sliding down the orbit and seeing Olympic stadium, the list goes on. All things to do in the city, but not what people would expect. I also decided that this week will be to better myself in some way. I got a book and am reading it (Men without women by Murakami - I highly recommend) and will be going to learn how to make sushi (because I love sushi and would be nice to learn a new talent). I have also decided that I will improve my handwriting skills (not that it’s bad, but I want neater cursive letters). I am being healthier, walking a lot more (which I love love love) and generally reflecting and getting to know myself again.

I even squeezed in a day trip to Brighton yesterday. I had never been, but heard great things. It’s a lovely town, and has some lovely views of the coast and rolling hills. The journey home was a nightmare as some woman decided to walk on the tracks near East Croydon, so my journey took me four times as long to get back! I missed last tube, but thank god Uber is still around (London we need Uber, just let them thrive!).

So for those who don’t know what to do for holidays, or have last minute cancellations, don’t worry. Your hometown can be a fun place to have a break and enjoy the city you live in. Go to that restaurant you haven’t had time for, or re-connect with the outdoors and go walking. Take different routes, get lost within the city and see if you can and find your way back. You get to see so much more, and may even find things you didn’t know existed. I know I have, and probably will continue to do. London is ever changing, and it’s nice to see the changes from time to time.

I love you London.



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