Two years ago I lived London. At the time I was studying at LCF and I had never visited the city before I moved there. But I fell in love the this amazing city and for me that is the place where I really feel at home. Eight months later when I was done with my studying, I Had to move back home to Sweden due to my economy.
Now two years later on a vacation to London, I can really see that the city has changed. It is not just new store and restaurants, or stores that has closed down. London has changed much more than that. There are one big and one small thing that I noted, and I am going start with the smaller and lighter one.
The lighter subject was Black Friday/Black Friday Weekend. Two years ago Black Friday was a big flop and a few stores had BF offers, mostly the BF offers were online and not in stores. I would say that the closest you can to Thanksgiving was Whole Foods food court buffé, which I actually bought from. This year though Black Friday was everywhere. I am not against great shopping event but it seems like the whole world is becoming a little more Americanized. Thankfully(No pun intended) it wasn't as crazy as some of the videoclips that I have seen from BF sales in the US.
The second topic that I want to bring up is that my beloved city is becoming more hostile, especially after the decision about Brexit. My friend Isabel(who I traveled with) told me stories about people that have said racist comments on the tube and other public places in London. Comments like "Go back to where you came from.", "I thought we got rid of people like you already." and "Haven't we got rid of people like you already? we voted yes for Brexit". I am very sad and disappointed that this is happening in London. I aways thought that London was a very multi-cultral city with accepting people from all over the world. People come to London with their own values and traditions but also accepts, embraces and respects the norms, values and traditions that defines London and Brittian. I am not stupid, I know that comments like this has always happened and are going to continue but for me it feels like it is happening more frequently and in larger scale than before.
This is a city that are always going to change. l just hope that it will change for the better, and that it will be just as amazing as when I lived there during 2014/2015, when I move back there and hopefully stay there for good.