30 Nov 2013 Britain for the Soul
I come from Singapore, which is a tiny country in South-east Asia. On the world map, it is not more than a mere speck. Hence, when I landed in London, I was awe-struck by the sheer largeness of this sprawling city. The skyscrapers and buildings extended on and on, fading away into a hazy brown blur as my eyes squinted into the horizon. It seemed like the city had no end.
London was a beautiful city, and I loved that amidst all the development, the city still retained its history and culture. I loved the old cathedrals, the cobblestone streets, the faded walls of brick and brown stone. I loved that the city was a place of such rich history that I could look at the architecture and imagine the lives of people who had lived there hundreds of years ago. It felt to me like simultaneously living between the past and present, and it was a beautiful sensation. I could see the city revealing to me bit by bit, its history in every brick and stone my eyes laid sight upon. It really drew me in.
Then, as a lovely complement, skyscrapers of steel and glass took their spots beside the old buildings. The view, which encompassed the culture of centuries-past and elegant modernity of the city at the same time, was breathtakingly unique. London, to me, was a city like no other.
As I moved on during my journey, I got to explore the countryside too, which was serene and peaceful. Lake District was almost a scene from a dream, with clear rippling waters granted the company of fifty snow-white swans. Lakes wound lazily through quiet settlements, with brightly-coloured little boats gently bobbing on the waters. It was a place where I could forget about the hustle and bustle of city life, and just relax in the moment and tranquil surroundings. It was a good reminder that no matter how busy we get, we should always give ourselves some time off to let loose, enjoy life and smell the roses.
As much as the trip was reflective and enriching, it was also a great deal of fun because of the lovely company I had. It is a great experience to immerse into a new culture full of exciting possibilities with your friends, and to just take in a new place together. Furthermore, Britain was indeed a world away from our world, thirteen hours by flight with an immensely different culture and background.
I guess in the end, besides the place itself, what I’m most grateful for is the opportunity. The opportunity to lose myself in a country with an inspiring history and people; the opportunity to travel out of my comfort zone and even continent; the opportunity to visit places that once upon a time I could only have dreamed of. I will never regret seizing the opportunity to visit Britain and making my hope a reality for myself.
I learned so much, experienced so much, and I fell in love with a place that I would not hesitate visiting again in a heartbeat.
About the Author: I’m 16 years old and I come from Singapore. I like writing poems and other stuff, music, sports etc. I think that writing is something incredible because it has the ability to unite people regardless of their differences. Visit my blog
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