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by Joanna Sopylo-Firrisa (subscribe)
Writer by passion, administrator by profession. I check what life brings and turn it into writing.
Published September 10th 2012
There specifics which can still surprise you in London
It has been around two months since I moved to London and the city has already surprised me a lot. Find out what's different about London and other big cities.

I visited London a couple of times before I moved here for good. The city has always attracted me and I could never have enough of it. But it wasn't until I moved here, that I realised what London specifics are and what creates the spirit of the city. Of course, it's about lots of independent shops and cosy restaurants and cafes, but it's also about some urban planning issues which makes London different.

As I was travelling around London by bus, I didn't need long time to spot the narrowness of the streets. I am wondering everyday how double-decker buses can pass each other and not cause an accident. Even though I know driver can do such a manoeuvre, I always think that they're going to hit each other or the house they're passing.

Secondly, it is amazing how everything concentrates in each town centre. Each of them has their own centre with all necessary amenities, like it was a miniature copy of big city centre. Once you move out from there, you'll barely see any big shops there are mostly house and some local businesses along the way.

On top of that, I like observing flood of cyclists going back home. It's not just few people but tens and sometimes hundreds of them who are coming back from work to their homes on bikes. It's also amusing to see men in suits and other not always appropriate clothes biking. I especially love one guy who was once passing through Brixton on his bike, in suit and was holding an umbrella in one hand and the handle bar in another, and still cycling on the road with all of the buses and cars.

These things seem simple and may not be noticeable for everyone but I believe they're never going to stop surprising me. And probably there'll be some new surprises coming as well.

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