My Brand New Superpowers

After my first 6 months living in London, I’ve realized that, in this city, anything is possible.

London Eye, London, UK

London has more than just fog, pollution and this occasional drizzling rain in the air – there is something magical that has provided me some new skills to make my way around the city.

  • Precognition. Try being on a rush in Oxford Circus at 5:30pm on a Friday, and you’ll be sucked in avalanches of people running in and out of shops, packed with bags and with (apparently) no direction. In some cases, I even became part of a human mass – you know, the rock concert sort of mass, the one that makes you move to the right even though you’re fighting to go left. I used to be that person, but now I’ve been me with the power of foreseeing the (very) short term future – which I mainly use to predict other people’s moves. I might be on a hurry, but you will hardly ever see me bumping into someone anymore!
  • Camouflage. I’m a chameleon. I’ve always had this ability of blending in my immediate environment (this might be a reason why I’ve never been actually mugged as a tourist!). But the boroughs of London expect so much more from you – each of them offer such diversity that, at the beginning, it was hard not to feel a stranger even in your own neighborhood. I like living in East London with artists and hipsters that (purposely) mess up hair and have this characteristic vintage flair. But also enjoy working in stylish Mayfair that boosts boutiques and pretty tea houses. I now manage to blend in both opposed worlds.
  • Frost Proof. Ever since I moved out of the Canary Islands 10 years ago, I’ve been moving up north of the globe – the Spanish Peninsula, Germany, Switzerland and now England. Although Switzerland was probably the coldest place I’ve lived in, it was something I learned to live with because after all, you’d either dress up in a ski suit or sit next to a warm fire. Here in London, however, life continues despite the cold wind, snow or freeze. And by life, I mean, every aspect of it. People will still go to the pubs and drink outside to keep the smokers company. They’ll continue to run to work and/or back home. And will, under no circumstance, ditch an afternoon of shopping. So do I!
  • Teleportation. Well, ok. I can’t literally disappear from the crowded morning tube and appear on a sunny beach in French Polynesia and then shortly reappear at work with a golden sun tan (wouldn’t that be just incredibly nice?). What I can do is to evade my mind from being in a sticky hot tube with far too many layers on me, to Mexico, Brazil or even the English Country side – all thanks to my iPod!

Have you developed any superpowers while living abroad?

8 thoughts on “My Brand New Superpowers

  1. London is pretty special, i totally got your points. while i was spending sometimes there, i found myself developed a superpower of english-accent comprehension. english isn’t my mother tongue, imagine hearing the british accent, or manchester accent, i really need to put 100% concentration on listening.

  2. Ah, reading your post reminded me of when I was living in London, too! I found that I eventually knew all of my regular tube stops so well that I could pick the exact train car I’d need so I would be able to exit the fastest (really helpful in rush hour!).

    And, like you, I also got really good at dodging all of the people for those days when it seems everyone’s out and about on the streets.

    I know not everyone loves London but I loved every minute I was there. 🙂

  3. Hm, I remember a certain blogger that wasn’t too sure about London in her first few posts 😉

    I loved it from my first moment. Glad to know that she is growing on you!

  4. You make London sounds so inviting! And I love that picture of the London Eye–it’s a picturesque neighbourhood.

    I can relate to being a chameleon 🙂

  5. Ha, it’s a lot warmer in London than it is in Glasgow, and we still manage to get on with our lives no matter the weather too! If we didn’t, we would never go outside! 🙂 I’ve never lived abroad, so I can’t really contribute, sadly, but i found this post really interesting!

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