Shuug and the Temporary Men
Shuug and the Temporary Men

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A Young Love for London
September 11th, 2012

I came to London for University in the fall of 2005. Since then, I can say with confidence, that I love this city. Yes, like many young people of my generation I could have opted for the big city and I almost did but there was just something about London that appealed to me. I know that I have made the right choice in calling London my home. So why do I love London?

  1. As Goldie Locks said, “it’s just right.” London is a City that offers big name entertainment but also can have a great local flavor. Its medium size allows it to offer many of the big city opportunities but also gives you a sense of community. It’s a place where you can get answers and experiences that will satisfy your need whether its cultural, political or culinary.
  2. Engagement is at an all-time high. I recently wrote a blog post about how our unemployment may be high but so is our sense of community. It’s true. I cannot think of a time over the years that I have been in London where I have seen individuals forming groups, speaking their minds and advocating for issues close to their hearts so actively. While you may not always agree with all sides, the conversation allows you to know that you have a voice in London.
  3. London has Pride. If you’re fortunate to be around in the summer you will note the amazing Pride that is shown by the city. Each year a number of festivals, representing a number of cultural groups, sweep the city to show all those that are represented. London has a proud history of welcoming and celebrating the accomplishments of its many cultural groups.
  4. Non-Profits are King. Next to the City’s hospitals they’re the largest employers in London and Middlesex. Hundreds of Non-Profits have made their mark in our community and I think that says a lot about who we are. It says we’re a community that cares and a community where the dollar isn’t paramount but the needs and interests of others take precedent.
  5. The People. You know they say to save the best for last and this is true. I may agree to disagree with members of our community on certain issues but I guarantee if you approach them in a kind and respectful manner they’ll listen. It warms my heart to see the willingness of people in London to have a conversation, to approach issues and take citizen engagement to a whole new level. I think this is what makes us a community and not just a city.

 

Truth is I could go on about the things that I love about London. I could talk to you about the endless positive experiences I have been a part of or witnessed. Heck, if I put a call out to the community I know that I could almost make an encyclopedia about why we love London. However, I think the best thing to do is go out and experience everything it has to offer first hand. If you haven’t already, get out there and speak your mind, volunteer, participate, engage and if that is not your thing then maybe just listen. I think you’ll find many reasons why you love London too.

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