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Sunday, 21 September 2014

South London, I'm going to miss you!

South London love

As I mentioned recently, this week is going to be our last week in Camberwell. By the end of this week, we'll be living with Dan's parents near Cambridge. When we return to London, it will be to the North East of the city, so we are going to have to wave goodbye to this excellent area. Today, we wandered around a bit, and I took some photos of things I'm going to miss. I also collected a few older photos together, and we're just going to have a tiny jaunt down memory lane. Or... I am going to, anyway. You're just going to have to humour me as I get into one of my special nostalgic moods. These photographs aren't necessarily the most beautiful, but they show bits and pieces that I am going to miss about this area.

Jerk Chicken shack
South London nail bar
Night time in South London
Wintery London trees
Urban fire escape

There's so much I could say about living in South London. I've lived in a lot of places, but South London has been one of the most interesting. There's always something going on but the transport links here can be a bit crap. While you can get most places by tube (London Underground) in central London, the further South you go, the fewer train and tube stations there are, which means that I ended up spending a lot of time on the bus. I've heard a lot of snobbish comments about London buses in the past, but I've always found them to be a fantastic way to see the city. Teaching in South London schools, I've had insights into parts of the London cultural landscape that I never would have been able to experience otherwise. In the time I worked in Camberwell Library, I got to interact with people of all ages from the local community, from the tiny little old lady who'd come in with a sack of overdue books over her shoulder and go, "Sorry these are late, I broke my pelvis last week..." to the kids whose parents would drop them off at the library first thing on a Saturday morning, and pick them up when the library closed in the evening.

Near our flat, we've had a gorgeous park where we've been on rainy jogs, outfit photo expeditions, and plenty of disastrous barbecues... we spent a scary evening watching lightning strike in the park, as a group of teenagers partied on the hill in front of us. Dan tried to learn to rollerblade in the park, and we've eaten many an ice cream there this summer. I used to walk through the park every Saturday morning on my way to the library.

The month before we moved to our flat, there were some really serious riots in London. We were in Australia with my grandparents when this was happening, watching the stories unfold on the news. My London geography was pretty bad at the time, so I assumed that it wasn't going on near our new flat. When we moved in, all of the shop windows on the high street were boarded up and people weren't really leaving their houses much. There were burn marks and puddles of melted plastic on the pavement and it wasn't a pretty sight. Over the next three years, the businesses mostly rebuilt themselves, people came together to support each other and the main road is getting more and more bustling by the day.

It's an interesting time to be living in Camberwell. It's getting more expensive to live here, and a lot of people (ourselves included) have been priced out of the area. This kind of gentrification can be 'great for the area' but very damaging for communities. I really hope that the communities in the area spanning Elephant&Castle and Camberwell can thrive and survive the changes that are coming.

South London, it's been real. It's not been the best three years of my life, but it's been interesting and very, very eventful! I'm going to look back on my time here very fondly, and I'm definitely coming back to visit a few of my favourite little shops and cafes here!

Walworth Shadows

How long have you lived where you live now? How has it changed in the time that you've lived there?

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47 comments:

  1. it's always so hard to leave a city. I still remember leaving my first apartment in downtown Chicago- I was so, so bummed and I still think of the area with nostalgia. Like I wish I was in the old neighborhood right now, buying cupcakes from the bakery just down the street. Is Cambridge far away? You can always visit, right :)

    xo marlen
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    1. It's not too far away, and we're still going to work in London - plus, we're moving back in a few months, just not to this area/neighbourhood! I hope we get to come back to visit all our favourite places often.

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  2. oh what a beautiful city, I understand why must be so hard to leave it. I felt the same way about leaving Lima Peru, my city of origin, when I moved to Ohio. The good thing is that even though is sad to leave awesome places like that the one you are about to leave, is always great to get the chance to see a new place and experiment new things and maybe love that place even more :) Thanks for sharing your thoughts on South London, keep us updated on the city you are moving into and whatever you discover in it. I invite you to visit my blog and let me know if you would like to follow each other to stay in touch.
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    1. There's always going to be more to explore, and we won't be far from this place really - The UK is on a much smaller scale than the US, thankfully! I'll check out your blog now!

      :)

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  3. Aww, I can only imagine how you guys are feeling right now. I've lived in my home and neighborhood for two years, and the day that I move out will be a sad one. That last photo of your shadows is so beautiful. I hope that your next adventure makes it all worth it!

    Cat
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    1. We'll get there eventually, and it will be great! Just got a bit of a struggle ahead while we get the new flat ready to move into. :)

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  4. Great photos! I have always wanted to go to London

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    1. One day, I'm sure you will! It's such a magnificently varied place! :)

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  5. Moving is always a big change, especially when you have to let go of something that you are so accustomed to. Hopefully your next adventure will be even better though!

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    1. Eeek, yes, change is scary! The blog will still be a constant though, so there'll be that to hold onto! :)

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  6. I was near brixton for just over a year and really liked it round there! You get a certain vibe which I haven't found elsewhere in London. I'm a bit further south west now but I love it there too and it's definitely becoming home! I totally understand why you are going to miss the south but hopefully North East will bring lots of good things too :) xx

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    1. London has so much character, and so many different characters. I can't wait to come back, and explore a whole other part of the city! Hopefully we don't have to stay away for too long.

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  7. Oh no Camberwell is so great (I'm just round the corner on the Peckham/East Dulwich border! Good luck in the North East can't wait to hear all about it! Meryl x

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    1. I love it tooo! I hope I find some amazing cafes and little shops in the North East though!

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  8. I'm just starting my third year living in Bromley, and I've moved for the third time. It's a bit weird considering I'd never moved before this, but I'm looking forward to moving twice more in the next twelve months, firstly to the Crofton Park/Catford/Ladywell area, and then wherever the wind takes us - i'm hoping South East London, it's all I know! Hope your move is as stress-free as possible!

    Lulu
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    1. I moved a LOT during my childhood and university, and so I know how that feels. It can be really uprooting, but there's a lot of excitement to moving around a lot. You'll end up as an expert in so many areas! Good luck! :)

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  9. It looks like an amazing, I think I would also be so sad if i had to leave. I've lived in Florida all my life... I don't think I would ever move to a different state, this is home to me for sure. Plus I'm near Disney World and Universal... I think I'd be crazy if I actually moved haha

    Jessica
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    1. Florida is just a different world to me! I'd love to visit all of these places I've only ever seen on the television!

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  10. All the photos are amazing!

    xx, Be || lovefrombe

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    1. Thanks! They're not the prettiest, but that was kind of the point! :P

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  11. Good luck with the move! I hope you'll enjoy the North-East too.
    I basically just moved a week ago, but so far I'm really liking it. I had never been to Glasgow before moving, but I think I'm going to like it here. It's a lovely city!

    xx Mimmi, Muted Mornings

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    1. I had only been to Cambridge once for my interview, before I moved there. Most people had visited lots for various open days!! I was terrified, but it all worked out okay in the end! :) I bet you're going to have an amazing time in Glazzy. :)

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  12. Goodluck to you! Lovely photos! Abi :)
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  13. Good luck with the move, change can be a good thing! :)

    http://electricsunrise.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Haha, yeah it can! We'll get there! :)

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  14. It's always so hard to move away from somewhere when you've become attached to it, saying goodbye to a place can sometimes be even more difficult than to a person as you may never really spend time there again! I'm sure you have many more eventful journeys coming your way and there will be somewhere new to discover :) xx
    p.s. Cambridge is just lovely (I may be rather biased though)

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    1. I've lived in Cambridge before, so it feels a bit like going backwards to me, but sometimes you have to go backwards to go forwards, I guess!

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  15. I lived in the same city my whole life. When I was younger it was less safe, but now that I'm older it has become more safe. I used to be embarrassed by the city I lived in, but it's changed so much in the last 10 years, I've become proud of my hometown.

    - Christina www.cityloveee.blogspot.com

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    1. There's something to be proud of everywhere - I am so glad you like your city now! :)

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  16. Good luck with the move. Can't wait to see pictures from Cambridge.

    Anca @ ancaslifestyle | UK

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    1. I'll make sure I take some good ones for you Anca!

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  17. It's so nice to hear that Camberwell has managed to patch itself back together following the riots. London is surprisingly resilient like that! Although you're right - anything south of the river just suffers from the transport links. It always takes me ages to make the trip down to south-east London to see my boyfriend! Very much hope all the moving goes well and that you settle in to your new home quickly. So nice that you get to go back to Cambridge for a while - will you be commuting for your job or doing something up in the Cam area until you move back to London? xx

    Tamsin / A Certain Adventure

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    1. Commuting, worse luck! I've managed to change my hours so that I can miss the rush hour and still use my rail card though, thankfully!

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  18. It's always hard to leave somewhere that has such good memories attached to it. I'm sure you'll have lots of new and exciting adventures in your new place too :-)

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  20. Very cool, I can't wait to go back there!!!

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  21. It's nice to look back and remember the ups and downs of a part of your life. I hope the move went well :)

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  22. A nice tribute!!! Oh yes, the South London train thing can be annoying but at least buses are cheaper!

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  23. I live in SE London (Crystal Palace) and love it! I'm definitely a South London girl. xx

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