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Human touch in Trafalgar Square

London is not famous for its good weather, especially not during the wintertime when people hide beneath layers of thick clothing and escape the biting wind at their first opportunity.

It is not only the temperature that seems to decline but also people’s willingness to stay outside and socialize with others. Understandably, people rather stay inside say: “Baby, it’s cold outside.”

Yet, if you are like me you still want to relish those few hours of sunlight and be among people who seem equally content with being outside. For these occasions, there are places that somehow seem warmer than others even though there might not be any real difference in temperature. Trafalgar Square is among these London hotspots.

The city is always full of people rushing from one place to the next and it might be difficult not to get stressed by it. However, in Trafalgar Square people seem to slow down enough and take time to actually enjoy their company and inner city surroundings.

Signs of affection


No matter how wrong it may sound, what makes Trafalgar Square special are all the people who sit there touching each other. And no, I don’t mean touching in the way you are thinking.

What I am talking about is what I saw on the particularly cold but beautiful day when these pictures where taken. Friends and lovers all over Trafalgar Square were huddling close together, rubbing each other’s shoulders, holding hands, hugging and kissing.  

Even though signs of affection might not be directed towards you, seeing them can still make you happy. Smiles are contagious and so is also affection.

Watching people touching each other might not be an activity that you would like to suggest to a friend in fear of sounding very creepy. But apart from all the touching that usually takes place there; people go to Trafalgar to sit by the fountains while eating or drinking something warm.

And even though there are many who would not admit it, people also go to Trafalgar Square to look at other people. It is one of those places that you can go to when you don't have to go somewhere else and can just relax.

It might not sound like much, but whether you go there to observe other people or to share a few moments with someone special, the human touch of Trafalgar Square will bring you extra warmth on those cold days of a London winter.

 

Words and pictures by Max-Michel Kolijn

Visit Trafalgar Square. Nearest tube/railway station: Charing Cross (Bakerloo and Northern lines)

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