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Dear East London;

We first met two years ago. I moved up from a small and deadly seaside town called Brighton, and didn’t really know what to expect. of course, I’ve visited you in the past, but actually living inside you was the start of a new adventure for me. we didn’t get along at the beginning. I was terrified of you, to say the least. but as the months rolled by I’ve learned to uncover your hidden beauty. you see, there is so much of you to love yet there is an equal amount of things to hate.

Architecturally speaking, you are perfect. the old rotting buildings and bricky streets everywhere made you quite attractive for me, in that aspect – you have simply everything I love about architecture. culturally speaking, there’s even more to adore. tons of little galleries, small music venues, such a big street-art scene that makes the surrounding walls ever so colourful and constantly changing, little vintage shops and street markets, and such a wide range of food goodies from around the world, that comes hand in hand with the diversity of the local community. there is also many and many hidden gems that one can only find while constantly roaming the streets, as I did the past two years – from secret gardens to abandoned buildings, you have it all.

LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE jh7

However, despite your beauty and all of your amazing qualities listed above, you have a somewhat ugly side as well; you’re fucking dirty, hectic and way too crowded, and as one of my favourite songs goes, you’re full of dumb reminders. the worst thing about you really, is that you lack silence. I don’t ever get it around you, and I crave it badly. grave yards has become too familiar to me, I hate that.

I’m not breaking up with you, East London. this is also not a goodbye letter. this is just a see-you-later I guess. I’m moving on. I’m moving out and up north. In a couple of weeks time I will no longer call you home. but that doesn’t change my love for you I promise you that. I’ll be a 20 minuets ride away if you ever need me and I will come see you as often as I can, as you can be quite addictive at times, and I…. I have the soul of a junkie. I believe it will change our relationship for the better as from now on I will live in a much nicer environment and will only come to hang around you when I choose to, not because I have to. you will probably look even better and more exciting from a distance, and I will finally get my silence.

jknsc

You stay classy E1,
xoxo B

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14 Comments

  • October 25, 2012 at 09:55

    Ha! When I left london after 21 years, I wrote a breaking up letter to it, a bit like this. I found it the other day and it made me laugh. Although I was slightly worried that someone else might read it and infer that i’d been having a 21 year affair …. oh hang on …

    enjoy your pastures new …

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    • October 25, 2012 at 23:01

      oh yeah…. London is surely a troubled affair :)

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  • October 8, 2012 at 16:42
    Bryant Scannell

    Wow! Time flew by. You’ll be out of there and moved so fast, you won’t even have time to stress or get worn out. You got this girl ^_^

    Can’t wait to see photos from around the new place. I’ll bet the area is splendid.

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    • October 9, 2012 at 11:24

      Flew by?! it surely feels like forever since i’ve moved here, so much has happened in the past 2 years!

      The area is amazing can’t wait to settle in already :)

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      • October 9, 2012 at 19:14
        Bryant

        No no no. Time flew by for the move! ^.^; hehe. 2 years does definitely feels like forever. Especially in one spot.

        Side note: I have to make those tahini cookie a second time. I fucked up big time >_> I ran out of baking powder, and made a substitute for it. My mind was in a fog and I added 3 to 4 times too much substitute. The result? They were like a crumbly, soap tasting mess when you bit into ’em. Here’s to getting it right the next time ^_^

      • October 10, 2012 at 09:47

        Hehehe oh no! well, don’t worry about it… if you’re not familiar with tahini and cooking with it you’re most likely to not nail it on the first try… I’m sure next time you’ll get it right! don’t put too much though, it’s kind of a tricky paste if you’re not carful with it.

  • October 6, 2012 at 12:07

    Enjoy the silence. It is beautiful!

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  • October 5, 2012 at 19:17

    I hope your new home will bring much inspiration

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  • October 5, 2012 at 12:11
    sara

    That’s how I feel about Oporto as well…
    Nice post.

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  • October 4, 2012 at 19:41

    Perfect.

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  • October 4, 2012 at 19:08

    Great story and pix, my dear. You write so well. I hope you never leave ME:)!

    Silence can be so sublime. When you need a nutty/gritty/noisy fix…..hop a train. Magic! Sounds perfect to Sam.

    Good luck in your new surroundings!

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    • October 4, 2012 at 19:57

      Thanks love! crossing my fingers for a stressless move :)

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  • October 4, 2012 at 18:33

    oh the precious silence, I need to move too…

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