I love London. I really do think it has to be one of if not the best city in the world and if I could, I would like to live here long term in the future. That being said, there are some things I dislike about living here. There are also some things I truly and passionately hate about London. These things give me time to think about what I took for granted in Canada and what I miss about home.
1. First and foremost, I miss my pets, Ella (dog/furry grandma) and Louis (fat, fluffy old man cat). I could not write this post without mentioning them because I would feel guilty. And if the science ever comes out for dogs and cats to be able to read, I know it would hurt them if their names weren’t mentioned, right? The host family here has a dog but no animal compares to my gorgeous pets back home and all their chubby old glory.
2. I miss being able to buy a coffee without having to take out a loan. It really will be nice to be able to pop into a Tim Hortons and get a large coffee for under 2 bucks. The UK has a shortage of the giant filter coffees us North Americans and used to and depend on. Also I once spent 4 pounds on a latte. 4 pounds which is the equivalent of 8 dollars. Even the poshest of Londoners would have to scoff at that.
3. I miss not having to see people everywhere, all the time.
Living in London is like being in the opposite of an apocalypse movie where instead of desolate streets and death by zombies, it’s the overpopulation and gentrification that leave us shaking and crying with fear.
I live in a small town in Canada that is very spread out. I would often go out with friends late at night just to walk in the middle of the streets and you wouldn’t see anyone for hours. Even during the day it isn’t guaranteed you will see someone if you go for a stroll. Whereas in London, it could be 4 am and you will run into multiple groups of drunk strangers even in my neighbourhood which isn’t that busy. It can be exhausting battling through crowds of people everyday.
4. Living in a house that really feels like my home was something I of course took for granted.
Putting how great my host family is aside, it will be great to be home and relaxed back in Canada when I return this summer. Getting up in the morning and getting coffee to bring back to bed without having to be cheerful will be a dream come true. I just want to be grumpy in the morning, dammit.
I could go on and on, but these things really stick out to me and I think about them probably every day. Not necessarily all Canada-specific but there you go.
PS. yes I miss my family (Hi mom, dad and Sophie) but that’s a given and a bit boring to write about really (no offence guys, love you).