Like most of London, Tower Bridge is a complex series of layered construction, ranging from it's original bascule design, built in 1894, to it's new glass bottomed walkways spanning the towers in 2014.
It's this constant restoration and updating of the historic buildings in London, over the course of hundreds of years, that fascinates me most about the city. Never have I felt such a historic and modern atmosphere so smoothly integrated into a single place.
One moment it's brick buildings still stained by the smog of industry, the next it's gleaming glass mega skyscrapers. Oftentimes, a combination of the both.
But to be honest, my personal favorite places are not the built up intersections of commerce and entertainment, rather the forgotten, or preserved, corners of the city that don't fit into the "plan." Places too small to be useful for commerce, too out of the way to be convenient for the mass tourists, too obtuse to be just right. Here, in these little corners of the oldest modern city in the West, are havens of tranquility, natural parks, and unexpected delights. Little bits of place born not out of grand design, but a lack of it. Places that are more malleable to individual inquiring minds. And that's the beauty of London, the great and all the small, patched together in an aged yet gleaming quilt, with something for everyone.
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Last night I was thinking to myself, how happy and thankful I am for the life I am living.
Yes, I grew up very fortunate to have had a house to call home, food to eat, and parents to love and protect me (even if we didn’t always get along 😜) But what I was thinking about was how I ended up where I am today, working from home for myself in a field that I am very passionate about, I am healthy and happy, I have great friends and an amazing family, I found someone whom I love that loves me back unconditionally and I have a cute (sometimes annoying) little fur baby, and a baby on the way!
I realized that all of these things I am so proud of and thankful for are a product of my own hard work! How cool is that! If you had met me 4-6 years ago I was a walking disaster and I thought I would stay that way 😂. But here I am! More successful (and not just in terms of money or work, but in life) than I ever thought I would be and it’s all because I put in some hard work, and it payed off! -