I’ve lived in London for nearly 6 months now. It’s starting to feel ‘real’. Some things I have learned:
1. Local natives are rare. I seem to be hanging out with a lot of French kids lately. And Brazilians, Swedes, Dutch, and of course Kiwis.
3. Moving makes all the other smaller decisions about change easier. If it’s not working, start fresh. Job, house, attitude.
4. Always take your A-Z out and about, even to the local pub.
5. Having never encountered it before – IKEA is amazing. You can even drink a beer there, it makes the housewares sparkle.
6. The best way to explore is on foot.
7. Also, there’s no hills, so cycling is far more fun. The downside – no hills means less sticky-outie landmarks, so see point 4.
8. Europe is just a flight or train ride away. Over Easter I’m going to Barcelona with some pals, I can’t wait.
9. Squirrels never fail to amuse.
10. The homesickness does pass. But calling home is still important.