London – Home Truths

I’ve been trying to think of a new topic to post about for a while (don’t worry, a Foodiaries post is in the works too), but we have really just been settling into London life and I figured it wasn’t the most exciting thing to write about, or read. But then I figured, before I moved over here I really enjoyed readying fellow expats’ blogs about their experiences moving overseas and I got a lot out of them. They made me feel a lot more prepared (we all know I’m a planner) and comfortable with what was to come. So, I thought I would share my experiences with settling into London life – including the absolute hell of opening a bank account and the black stuff you get in your nose after being in the tube all day.  Continue reading “London – Home Truths”

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Lately, In London

Hello readers!

London life has been a mixed bag of markets, museums and meetings over the past month or so. We have been back from our trip for about four weeks now and I’m starting to feel pretty settled into our new home. The past four weeks have flown by, and I was scrolling through my camera roll the other day and realised we have actually achieved and seen a lot in those 28 or so days. I’m sitting here with my coffee on a rainy London morning and thought I would jot it all down for you. So grab one yourself (or maybe a wine considering the time difference?) and enjoy… Continue reading “Lately, In London”

Foodiaries (1st Ed.) – London v. Edinburgh

Welcome to my first (of many) food-related blog posts! Yes, I am one of those people who takes photos of their food. I love food, I love looking at photos of other peoples food and I love eating other peoples food. I’m not too sure what this series will evolve into, but I’m hoping to keep it going and document some of the food I try across Europe.  Continue reading “Foodiaries (1st Ed.) – London v. Edinburgh”

A Week In London: The Tourist/Expat Version

Well, our first week in London is done and dusted!

If anyone is interested in a jet-lag update, I think I am pretty much settled into London time now. So although the jet-lag didn’t hit me too badly, the sickness did. I have had a cold on and off the whole week and it knocked me out for a few days overall. Thanks London.

Most of last Friday though we were out and about exploring a few touristy spots and we managed to tick off Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, London Bridge and Tower of London. We did go to Buckingham Palace, but turns out we arrived just when the changing of the guards was about to start, so there were a million people around. It’s definitely somewhere I’d like to go back to though – when it’s not as busy. Continue reading “A Week In London: The Tourist/Expat Version”

Hello

  • One-way ticket to London is bought.
  • Visa is approved.
  • Bags are (almost) packed.

For about as long as I can remember, travel has always been on my to-do list. So many young New Zealanders have this itch to travel – perhaps because we are so far away from everything (the flight price proves it). We call it ‘the big OE’ – and while it’s been on my to-do list for a long time, it seemed to keep getting bumped down by other things. An extra year of uni was first, followed by working in Hamilton (a must really, trips don’t pay for themselves). A six month contract was extended to a year, then another six months, and here I am three years later, finally handing in my resignation letter. Continue reading “Hello”