London may be a city where fortunes are made and lost but I can honestly say that those who have seen London are the fortunate ones. It is a city with a long well-documented history and a million places to visit and things to do. Yet, all that wonderful grandeur aside, what defines London to me are the little things. Early morning slow walks by the Thames and late night brisk walks in a park. London is a microcosm of the world but more than that, London is a microcosm of everything you want and everything you seek. If you are searching for meaning you’ll find it there. But be warned London hands nothing to no one.
London has not only been the inspiration for countless works of art and a stadium for innumerable historic moments; but London can be found in those little things that come together only in London. A Jewish delicatessen and a Palestinian restaurant on friendly terms. A Tibetan monk in a Chinese temple. A free speech debate in Hyde Park between a neo-fascist and an old world communist. London may be the capital of the United Kingdom but it is also a leading city for a united world. In truth, London is not merely a lasting dream. London is proficient in the pragmatism and practicality of the modern world. The city is a glimmer of all that makes humanity interesting and unfathomable. It is full of moments of wonderment and daily routines. London is welcoming enough that it is easy to feel at home here. But London is one tough city to leave.