I passed my six month anniversary in London at the beginning of July. I am doing really well, and this place feels like home. Let me tell you, this city changes you after you’ve lived here for a while. It really does. For me the biggest thing is knowing that I never have to see the same thing twice in this city. It is true for friends, dating, shopping as well as restaurants. You learn to be more flexible about making plans and really begin to focus in on the stuff that really matter (if you are lucky) because in a couple of seconds, it can be gobbled up into this city, never to be seen again.
In June I dated for the first time in this city. He was a nice guy from Spain that had moved to the city in the very same week that I did. For a month we wandered around town and marveled about living in such a fantastic place. I met his friends. It was nice. Now he is gone, and I am totally okay with that. The really surreal thing is that the likelihood of running into him again in London would not be likely because this town is so big!
So, at the end of July I FINALLY moved out of the part of south east London that I really hated. I am now living approximately a 10 minute walk from Big Ben! I really feel like I live in London now! So, some of you will want to know if finding an apartment in London is hard. Well, yes and no. It wasn’t too hard for me because I threw a lot of money at the issue. However, for some with less income, it can be more competitive for the affordable/cool places. I found my flat/flatmate on the first day and moved in 5 days later.
A few things about my past life are now sneaking their way back into my life. For example, I have just started exercising again, which is nice. I am also cooking again because I have a nice CLEAN kitchen that I share with my flatmate who is a lawyer and really great to live with.
As for my time spent in the city. I really like trying out new pubs and restaurants when I meet friends. There is always something new and exciting to try out and each part of town is so different from the next because the vibe can be so completely different. I have also been going to the theater which has been amazing! I saw the production of Skylight with Carey Mulligan on Charing Cross Road. It was amazing! I have also seen the theater production of Let the Right One In. It was also super good.
My faviourite morning that I have spent so far in the city has been the morning after I had moved into my new apartment. I needed to do something random like go to the hardware store. I walked really far to a hardware store all of the way in Holborn! I walked past Big Ben, past the Horse Guards, past Trafalgar Square and then quite a ways longer. The hour long walk seemed to pass by in minutes as I stared up at the buildings, and at all of the tourists as I weaved my way up and down the narrow streets. I never knew that buying nails and a hammer could be such a treat.
I know that I keep saying that I am going to post more often. To be honest, I want to, but I don’t know if I can. Settling into this new city has given me a bit of ADD. It is really difficult to focus on anything for too long. And still, at the end of the day, I am absolutely exhausted. I know that my grandmother wants to see a few of my posts… and I know that I have a few friends checking out my page from time to time.
There is nothing that I regret moving to this city. Nothing. I still have a deep and dark pain in my heart for family and friends that I have left back home. As I write this, I can hear Big Ben chiming in the distance. I can’t believe that I am here. I can’t believe that I am here.