Reality: Camden Lock Market

My first night in Central London was magical. The streets, teeming with lights and people, had me lit. Store displays change almost daily. This city is formidable with its countless department stores, luxury goods, and endless restaurants. The symbolism is unreal. In the city of Westminster, the streets are spotless, scrubbed every night. The women wonder these streets with flawless faces and sumptuous scents. To say I was awe-struck for the first three weeks is an understatement. Central London is a hyperreality, and my ability to distinguish the real from the hyperreal was Camden.

My visit to the Camden Lock Market was like the morning after, like a walk of shame after a glorious night. There were people hustling everything from mixtapes to food and furniture. In the streets, a cacophony of scents: a mixture of Vietnamese, Mexican, Jamaican, Spanish and Chinese food replaced the smell of Westminster’s Belgian waffles. The luxury goods that I’d been lusting after at Harrods and Selfridges in weeks past were several tube stops away, and there I stood giddy and speechless…

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  • Larysa Chernienko

    Your article was very insightful!!! Pictures speak a thousand words!!! I want more!!!