Lovely Cristina recently started working at WSE. You will probably know her from Reception or from Table Tennis! Originally from Italy, Cristina now lives in Wimbledon. In this blog post, she tells you why Wimbledon is her home.
Whether you are passionate about sport or not interested at all, you will have heard of Wimbledon Tennis. But that buzz only lasts for 2 weeks a year. Why then do I love Wimbledon so much and why did I choose it as my home when I moved to London 6 years ago?
Well, for a start it’s a stone’s throw from the city centre, but without the chaos generated by floods of tourists. It therefore retains its character, its traditional shops (especially in the Village) whilst opening its arms to foreign students and visitors.
Some of my neighbours have lived here all their lives, giving me a sense of belonging and community which people often feel is not possible to achieve in a large cosmopolitan city like London. Instead, I bump into them at the library, at my local church or walking about our very own shopping centre. On a sunny day I’m likely to see them on Wimbledon Common around the pond or playing frisbee in Cannizaro Park. They might even be searching for the Wombles around the Wimbledon Mill... and in the evening I enjoy meeting up in our local pubs or at the New Wimbledon Theatre.
Wimbledon has everything I need as a young professional. I thought I would never say it, but London is not only a career city, it’s a place I can call home. This is where I belong.