In today’s edition of “Meet the Londoner” we meet a fellow German who shares my passion for tattoos, Street Art and London’s East End. Polly runs “Weltgefühle”, a German page about traveling the world and a gypsy lifestyle. She is currently on the road again but before she left London, we met for a stroll along Brick Lane and some nice tea.
Who is Polly from Weltgefühle?
Hi, I am Polly from Berlin. I am 29 years old and I am a travel blogger, author and journalist. I left Germany in 2015 to travel the world and I am not planning to go back.
When did you move to London and why?
I moved to London in March 2017 because of my ex-boyfriend. We met in Australia and due to unfortunate circumstances, he could not come back on his second year working holiday visa, that is why I had to make the decision if I wanna give it a try with the relationship or if I give it up for traveling. I decided to move to London within a few days and it turned out to be the best decision ever – despite the fact that we broke up.
Where in London do you live?
First, I lived in Kingston Upon Thames, but it is not for me. I moved to Plaistow in East London in February 2018 which is more my lifestyle and much closer to the city.
What do you like about your area?
It is super multicultural and people (mostly from Eastern Europe and Africa) are living peacefully together. It is super close to the city and safe.
What do you do for a living?
I worked for Booking.com in Canary Wharf and I also have my travel blog. Now I am focusing on becoming a life coach to help other people to succeed in life and to fulfil their dreams.
What’s the idea behind “Weltgefühle”?
I am having this travel blog since April 2017 and I love to inspire people with my travel stories and my knowledge from 15 years of traveling. Because traveling is one of my favourite things in life, this blog is not only my passion, it became my baby.
Polly on London
3 words to describe London
multicultural, huge, expensive
Where do you go for a good breakfast?
I have not been out too much for brekky because I was trying to save money for my ongoing travels. But I liked to have vegan breakfast in the Gallery Café in Bethnal Green, vegetarian brekky at Bill’s or just a traditional English Breakfast (still vegetarian) in random places nearby.
The craziest food you ever had in London is?
I wouldn’t consider it as too crazy, but I always loved to try new things. I had a bubble waffle filled with ice cream, fruits and candy and I tried some cereals with chocolate bars in the Cereal Killer Café in Camden which was pretty rad.
The best museum in London is…?
I loved the Natural History museum a lot, but I also had a lot of fun in Gods Own Junkyard, which is basically a crazy collection of neon signs from around the world.
The coolest bar in London is…?
That is a very good question. I like a lot of pubs when they are traditionally British.
If you need some peace from the City, where do you go?
I loved to rent a cheap car and travel all over the UK. The best thing was, that whenever I felt to be at lonely cliffs, I just had to drive a few hours and I was already there.
Some fun stuff about Polly from Weltgefühle:
How many tattoos do you have?
I stopped counting. I have tattoos all over my arm, chest, belly, ribs, back, legs, feet and behind my ears.
How many of them were done in London?
Three large ones: two on my ribs and one on my belly.
Which is your favourite ice-cream flavour?
Chocolate and Vanilla
Gin and Tonic or Pimm’s?
Baileys. Sorry, but I don’t like Gin or Pimm’s (I know it’s a shame!)
What was your weirdest experience ever while using the tube?
I came from a funny evening in a pub with friends and have been super wheelie binned, so I was listening to my music and made some dance moves while sitting and singing quietly to myself. Suddenly a guy entered the tube, sat on the seat opposite of mine and did the same dance moves and who was also singing quietly. We both started to laugh and switched our headphones, so we could listen to what we were listening to. After we gave each other high five, the people around us laughed and smiled.
Milk in first or last?
What’s your motto in life?
We are here to be happy. Live your dreams and stop giving a fuck about other people’s opinion. Love with all your heart, take risks and grab opportunities. You can fully trust the universe that you will get exactly what you need for your life and once it appears, go and get it. Everything we want is already there…
Polly on Social Media
You can follow Polly around the globe (after spending some weeks in Egypt, she is now on the road again) on her webpage “Weltgefühle“. She also has a Facebook account (@Weltgefuehle) and an Instagram account (@weltgefuehle)
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