I have a confession. I never had the desire to visit London. For years I had no interest in the city. My impression of the city was summed up by these three words: cold, rainy, and expensive. To top this off, it just didn’t seem all that interesting to me. The Brits speak my language, have the same queen on their money, and their food has a reputation for mediocrity.
Therefore, I never put London, or for that matter the rest of the UK, on the top of my travel list. I had other places to spend my money.
This way of thinking, however, had changed over the past year. I was intrigued by the growing food scene, the multicultural flair, the world-class arts, and the equally world-class fashion. My vision of London had changed, and because of this change a new-found desire to visit the former Roman city on the Thames had arisen.
My opportunity to visit London arose through my good friend and business partner Marcello Arrambide (The Wandering Trader.) Marcello was planning on making a big splash on the online day trading scene by having a booth at the World Money Show in London. He needed an experienced,well spoken, and good looking representative, but since no one fit this bill he chose me.
As luck would have it, the World Money Show wasn’t the only exhibition in town. Later the same week there was the World Travel Market. This meant that I could help Marcello with promoting the trading site, as well as see how the business of travel works. All in one week, all in one city. Thank you London.
The two trade shows embody what London means in the world spotlight. London is where the world comes to work and play. Obviously the Olympics of 2012 were a shining example, but it didn’t start with the Olympics, nor will it finish when the calendar passes to 2013. Money, travel, arts, and fashion have all flowed out onto the streets of London for millennia. The world-class food, however, is a new import.
The two weeks I spent in London were eye-opening and inspiring. London is where people go to prove themselves. It’s a true global city. My vision of my future, and my vision of London both changed for the better. There are few cities that have seen so much, embraced the waves of change, and come out the other side a better city. London has. London is a world-class city; it just took me a little while to catch up to the rest of the world and realize this for myself.