Getting in a bus to London is my favorite way to breakaway from sameness of the small town I live in. After weeks on the same routine I usually find myself craving for some injection of life and inspiration that only the big city can provide.
Most the these ‘Alone in London’ days have a similar schedule:
Arriving at the Victoria Station around 9am.
Doing my makeup on the Station’s toilets.
Buying a smoothie, fresh fruit and doughnuts from Sainsbury’s and having it all as breakfast.
Deciding where to go and taking the Underground to my destination of choice.
I usually have to shoot content but with or without work lined up, I always make sure to set some free hours to explore dear London which is one of the most beautiful cities in the world after all. I originate from a small, poor African country so trust me when I say that gratitude is in full bloom whenever I’m strolling around L-town. Ninety nine percent of the time I’m strolling alone and although it may feel lonely sometimes, I’ve grown to quite like it. I believe I experience the city in a completely different way that I would if I had company, so I cherish these ‘lonely explorer‘ moments a lot and here are a few reasons why:
Being alone allows me to pay more attention to my surroundings and therefore capture interesting pictures.
Being alone allows me to go back and forth, stop and stare at my own pace.
Being alone allows me to change my jurisdiction at any given time if I feel like so.
Being alone makes me more approachable for other tourists to ask me to take a picture of them.
Being alone allows me to take my damn time observing the architecture that captures my eye.
Being alone forces me to ask directions from strangers when I get lost.
Being alone allows me to not stop for food if I’m not hungry.
Being alone allows me to change my mind about my ‘tourist’ plans without the guilt of disappointing someone else.
Being alone allows me to learn about the place through my own, lonely experience.
Being alone allows me to walk aimlessly and discover the beauty of hidden streets, buildings and coffee shops.
Being gives me utmost freedom because the options are wide open.
What about you? Do you enjoy exploring a big city alone or would you always rather have company?