Well…it’s been over a week since I made the big move from Canada to London. It really didn’t hit me until the first night when I laid in bed in my new flat. That’s when I realized how big of a life change it was to move to another country. Granted, moving to London has been something I’ve wanted to do since I was 15. Yet, the shock of actually moving hit me pretty hard. I was no longer dreaming about London, it was now a reality and that was so much scarier.
Now that the initial shock has worn off and I’ve settled into my flat, I feel much more at ease with my decision. My flatmates are super lovely and I know we’ll become close friends quickly. The area of London I live in is gorgeous, it’s right by the Thames river, a mall, a concert arena, grocery stores, a cinema and a quick walk to the Tube. I definitely got lucky with my flat – if you’d like a post on how I found a flat in London from abroad let me know!
So, London is absolutely amazing! Very different than home but so brilliant. It’s extremely vivacious, just full of life everywhere at all times. Oh, and I’m so happy I moved here now because London at Christmas time is truly amazing. The lights everywhere are like nothing I’ve seen before. It’s like Christmas exploded all over the city and I absolutely love it.
The few things that I’m still getting used too are the different products at the grocery store, some cultural differences, all things related to the Tube, the different clothing stores and ugh the driving on the left side of the road. I mean, I don’t drive but trying to figure out when I can cross the road without getting hit by a car is kinda difficult. Of course, these are all small things that I’ll get used to with time.
Other than that, I’m really enjoying my time in London. The weather is much nicer here than back home (sorry Ottawa but I’m glad I’m not dealing with the snow right now). There are still a few things I need to do, like setting up a UK bank account and getting my national insurance number (so I can work) but other than that everything is A-OK.
I’ll have a few more posts about London as time goes by but if there’s anything specific you guys would like to read – like how I got my Visa or cute spots in London to visit – then comment below to let me know!