How is it living in London?(from an international perspective)
Hello, I am Jorge Neyra, a student of International Relations with Political Sciences at London South Bank University, coming from Spain. Here it is my experience living in London.
London is currently one of the greatest cities not only within the United Kingdom but also Europe, with a broad cultural identity from the north to the south of the country. It is surrounded by a tireless commercial, financial, cultural and touristic activity, which makes it one of the largest metropolitan capital cities around the world, receiving over 19 million people in the past year 2017. This city found by the Romans in the 1st century and called as Londinium is one of the wealthiest capitals nowadays with a big range of employability opportunities to both national and non-national people. London never stops expanding itself socially and economically. This is visible in its constant infrastructural changes and in the hundreds of different spoken languages within the country.
London is a city where its continual activity and opportunities enable you to develop either academically or professionally but more importantly to grow personally. This is really valuable and it will count a lot in your future. However, it is not just a work or study place but a city with a wide list of social activities as well as places of different backgrounds that makes every corner original and interesting, from classical architectures like Westminster, the Tower of London and Tower bridge, to modern structures that follow original shapes and are usually covered by glass windows, as Sky gardens, Gherkin and the Shard. You can also find more alternative areas as Camden town or natural ones as Hyde park, Richmond park, Regent’s park or Greenwich park.
From my experience, London may make you feel like there is a lot to do. However, in my case this really ‘woke me up’ in the sense that you become more aware of the opportunities this city offers and the positive side of using them, as entails a great learning process. This is when you also realise that what you are doing it is productive. It was challenging, because I was leaving my comfort zone and my known social circle to start from zero in a place where culture and lifestyle were very different and let´s mot forget the language!! However, today I feel I did the correct thing and that there is not better time than when we are young to explore and experience new things. London is a great city that offers a wide range of things and it is full of opportunities waiting for you to be taken. London will provide you lots of experiences and emotions at all levels. This is why I totally recommend adventures like living in London, adventures that make you increase your confidence and grow up personally.
Jorge Neyra Ruiz.
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