Courtney Manning is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Convergence Journalism major at the University of Missouri-Columbia, she is studying abroad in London this semester.
In this week's post, Courtney tells us about her local neighborhood in London: Camden Town.
Camden Town is a wonderful place to live. We really lucked out by getting to live here, because it’s so famous (for basically being the birthplace of punk rock) and there is always something new and exciting happening. Amy Winehouse used to live here, so there are paintings and statues of her everywhere. When people typically think of Camden, Amy Winehouse immediately comes to mind.
Camden is full of men with giant colorful mohawks, people wearing leather jackets and Doc Martens and crazy pubs. We live directly across from Sainsbury’s, which is a local supermarket. It’s really nice to be able to walk just a few feet in order to get groceries.
My favorite place to shop is the famous Camden Market, although on weekends it’s a bit too crazy and crowded for me. The Camden Market is full of cool, unique shops selling everything from vegan cookie dough to painted leather jackets. We also live in front of a bunch of more basic stores, including Urban Outfitters and H&M.
We live about a minute’s walk from the Camden Town tube station, which has been incredibly convenient. We also live very close to the Mornington Crescent, Chalk Farm and Kentish Town tube stations, making transportation very easy.
My favorite coffee shop in Camden is a place called Yumchaa, but we also have a Starbucks, a Pret and a Costa (typical London chains), as well. I eat at a place called Falafel King a lot, and my non-vegan friends love this little shop called Chicken King.
Camden is famous for its street art, which is constantly changing. Every week I see a different mural being painted somewhere new. When you visit Camden (even if you live there), you constantly need to keep your eyes peeled for all the wonderful (sometimes hidden) art surrounding you. There have been many times when I have turned a random corner and stumbled upon some of the most beautiful and unique street art I have ever seen.
One of my favorite things about London is how diverse it is. Camden has a very “punk rock” vibe, while Primrose Hill, which is about a 10 minute walk away, is very posh and beautiful, made up of pastel houses and clean streets. I love running in the park at Primrose Hill, and it’s a great place to watch the sunset or look at the stars at night, because you can get a great view of the city skyline.
Camden is a really unique place to live, and I think that it has really influenced my personality and style. You definitely see some really crazy things while living here, but I can guarantee that every single day here is an interesting one.
I feel extremely blessed to be living in such a cool part of London, and I can’t wait to explore Camden even more. I will never get sick of this place, and I honestly never want to leave!
Courtney's journey continues every Wednesday so stay tuned.