Isn’t it funny how the very slightest thing can set off a strong emotion? For most of us who are expats in Hong Kong and who have started to see Hong Kong as “home”, homesickness for wherever we originally came from isn’t a very regular emotion. I can nearly always rattle off a whole list of reasons why living in Hong Kong is infinitely preferable to my old life in Europe, and genuinely feel hugely grateful and lucky to enjoy being in such an amazing city, in an exciting part of the world. When I came across the new photography blog, “London vs. Paris” though, I felt such a pang of homesickness it was quite shocking, and inspired by really ordinary things captured in a very simple way that juxtaposes differences between these two cities so beautifully.
London vs. Paris was created by two women, Xanthe and Irene, who set themselves the equivalent of a photographic treasure hunt, to each capture the same thing in their cities. From cafe chairs, to park benches to road signs and bus stops, these little everyday vignettes really perfectly show the soul of a place. I’m off to Europe at the end of May, so I’m lucky enough to have a trip “home” right on the horizon, and it’s not an unpleasant feeling to have a slight wistfulness to experience Spring in a country where the coming of summer means long days and light evenings, where the temperature dips at night, and where a gorgeously sunny day is practically a cause for a national celebration putting everyone you meet in a good mood.
It’s a comfortably happy feeling though to know that once I’ve had my fill of tramping around New York next week, a month filled with long haul flights with my baby, and catching up with much-missed friends and family, I’ll be thrilled to come back to Hong Kong!