Following my long overdue rest my dear friend Emily from back home arrived at my hotel and we navigated our way back to her flat in Battersby. Emily was kind enough to let me stay with her and her two flatmates until I left the following Thursday where I would continue my travels with a short stay in Belgium. Spending the majority of our days soaking in the rare English warm weather wandering around central London and Southbank, Emily became a tourist in her own city and I familiarised myself with the surroundings.
Time for me to talk about buildings. Although London as a whole cannot be characterised by any one architectural style, many inner city suburbs such as Emily’s featured Georgian style buildings. Containing rectangular sash windows, “London stock bricks” and parapets, I was immediately drawn to these boxes of history. Being a relatively low-rise city the major skyscrapers really stick out however I personally don’t think they take away the cities character.
Highlights of my week or so in London included visits to The British Museum to view the Asian and Egyptian exhibitions, the Tate Modern, a burger joint I cannot for the life of me remember, seeing Nick Lucas, a vegan BBQ and board games at new friends Rob and Sarah’s apartment complex and meeting some other excellent humans through Emily. Before leaving I also caught up with fellow Brisbane human Millie who took me on a tour of her now local area of Camden as we spent the afternoon and evening conversing and exchanging stories of the last few months.
Overall, London was fantastic. People who have visited before have told me mixed responses about their experiences but personally I thoroughly enjoyed it. Navigating through thousands of people during peak afternoon periods was challenging but I managed, and my experience was further impacted by seeing old friends and being able to meet new people through them. Leeds, where I will be living once I have finished travelling, is only a few hours away on the train so in between university I’m positive I will be back multiple times. I also saw Converge for the first time too, that was very dope.
Belgium, and more importantly Ieperfest, is next on the agenda.