I moved to London precisely 15 days ago.
The evil jet lag has finally decided to torture someone else. I have purchased my first coat, pair of boots (okay make that three!) and have stashed up on some awesome Victoria Beckham Estee Lauder makeup.
In my previous post I shared that I was coping quite well with my move from Singapore. I still think I am but in all honesty, this week I have struggled a little. I made the mistake of catching Singapore F1 coverage on TV and I almost had a meltdown. Tears were streaming down my face, I had that horrible homesick feeling, I began to miss it terribly and the realisation hit me, I really wasn’t on vacation in London.
I think when you make the decision to relocate (unless it’s a place you really are hopping and skipping to move to), you need to prepare yourself that although it may seem easy to just get on with it, there will be times when you are hit with the homesick stick. It’s a bizarre feeling as although this is my mother country, I feel a little out of place. I know I am not in a strange place in the sense that they speak a different language or that I don’t know where to buy milk, it’s just taking me a little while to find my feet again I guess. One of my friends told me last night that it’s just another example of my bravity and I never do things by halves. That kinda made me smile and suddenly I felt proud. I think when I get that nervous feeling, I just need to keep reminding myself of this and I have had some amazing support from my nearest and dearest. I have to say a massive thankyou to everyone who has been helping me settle back in!
Putting the emotions aside, I have been getting out and about as much as I can. I am a bit of an explorer and love experiencing new things. Some things I have obviously seen before but this time it is with fresh eyes. We spent last weekend capturing moments in between shop hopping! As I have never lived in London I’m keen to absorb as much as I can and share the awesomeness with you of the Big Smoke.
I forgot how beautiful the cobbled streets are, they are Sherlock Holmes-esque! I forgot just how much history is packed into the city and what the smell of cooked chestnuts on stands in the street is like!
Cold weather is fast approaching so this is the first time in over five years that I can go shopping for a whole new winter wardrobe, I can almost hear my credit card whimpering in my purse. I am going from one season all year round, back to four, how gorgeous!
Throughout my time so far exploring, there are a few things I have forgotten about London…
- You walk, a lot! My step count is going to be massive each day. Bring it on.
- It takes ages to get anywhere by cab! It’s quicker to walk sometimes, hence first point.
- After living in Singapore, alcohol and food is so much more affordable. I am getting double the amount!
- The tube is roasting. Oh and whilst I’m at it, working out the tube is like playing a tough game of Sudoku. I can’t even play an easy game of that. Thank god for the Citymapper App.
- There are a million people rushing around all the time. In Singapore I used to moan about people meandering round with zero sense of urgency and most of them watching TV on their phones at the same time (it wound me up beyond belief) yet now I am like “Hey what’s the rush?!”
It’s different, but it’s cool. I will be step-tastic, stocked full of food, prepped for the tube and able to maneuver myself across London like Usain Bolt soon. Stay tuned!