This post is a part of Tiny Expats’ Show Your World event. It’s my first impressions of my new hometown in the UK while visiting on a house hunting trip this past summer. A little different than my usual writing style.
The things I first notice are that the buildings all touch and the streets and sidewalks both are uneven with cobblestones and mismatched stones and pavement. The buildings are plaster and covered in faded paint of varied colors, sometimes tinged with mold. The shopfronts crowd together unevenly, the brightly shining Tesco Express juxtapositosed with tiny tea rooms and a sewing shop. A bit of claustrophobia sets in as I realize there is no open space nor trees in sight. I marvel at the women wearing heels and rushing along without missing a step over the unpredictable roadway. The pub at the top of the street is overflowing and guests with beers have encroached on the surrounding sidewalks, chatting with friends lucky enough o have snagged a table. It is so different from the town at home I’ve grown to love, but I’ll give it a shot.