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    Updated on Sep 1, 2020. Posted on Oct 6, 2016

    22 Undeniable Truths About Growing Up In London

    You've perfected your "lifeless soul on public transport" look.

    1. Your walking speed is ten times faster than the average British person.

    A result of having grown up in one of the most impatient places in the world.

    2. Which means you tend to get a little frustrated when people walk slowly.

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    Where is everyone's sense of URGENCY?!

    3. You know the most efficient way to cross a road is to completely ignore the pedestrian lights and make a run for it when the coast is clear.

    4. And you're still taken aback when a stranger speaks to you on the street.


    5. Especially on public transport.


    6. You will always have a love-hate relationship with the bus because while some bus drivers are like this...

    7. ...others are like this.

    8. And you've vowed to yourself that you'll never be that god awful person who argues with the bus driver.

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    It's just not worth it.

    9. You've come to learn that wherever you go, London transport will always be the place where passengers take the greatest piss.

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    So nothing could possibly surprise you.

    10. But growing up in an area with regular transport means your concept of time is a little bit warped.

    11. And once you leave, you realise how spoilt you may have actually been.

    12. Even when you have a ticket, the sight of a ticket inspector makes you nervous.

    #GrowingUpInLondon when the ticket inspector came on and you didn't have an oyster card

    13. You've internalised the rule that you MUST have your ticket ready at all times or you'll inadvertently hold up an entire station.

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    You've experienced a London rush hour. You don't want to be that person.

    14. But most importantly, you've perfected your "lifeless soul on public transport" look.

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    Complete with headphones, it's a surefire sign NOT to speak to you.

    15. Growing up in London means you still have a very questionable definition of what counts as "the countryside".

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    Basically anywhere with more than two trees.

    16. And you've always been kind of uncertain as to where "up North" actually begins.

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    17. There are two animals you've learned never to trust.

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    18. And seeing any of these three bags gives you instant flashbacks.

    19. You'll always have a slightly odd appreciation for chicken and chips.

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    Mmm, smells like home.

    20. You still have nightmares about all the terrible times you spent on night buses.

    21. But you’ll never forget the pride you felt when London held the Olympics.

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    And suddenly all the things everyone had been complaining about for years were SUDDENLY FIXED!

    22. And of course, no matter where you go, you'll rep your area until your dying day.

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    Just like the good London Lord intended.

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