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My Expat Life: Lady in London

Hello from London!

I've moved to two countries within the last year and a half and as fun as it looks its been extremely hard. I've had my ups and downs with the expat life. I'm now living in a new country and city. This Blog Post describes my life in London and how I went from living on an island to readjusting to the city life. Read more on my expat life on Flourish-ious.com

 

FOR ALL THINGS LONDON CHECK OUT THE FOLLOWING POSTS:

Five Things to Do in Notting Hill

How to Spend a Day in London

47 Things to Know About Moving to London

How to Spend Ten Days in London

 

So I finally made my way across the pond.

My five-year-old self is giddy with happiness right now, because guess who used to watch the Great Mouse Detective 4x a day, until the cassette broke?! (Insert favorite guilty emoji here).

 

Ever since relocating to London to visit Sonny's family, it has been a huge whirlwind for me which is why I haven't been able to post an update on here about it. From Christmas, traveling to  Paris,  and adjusting to a new city there just hasn't been too much time.

Related: My London Neighborhood Guide

 

Over the past month-ish  I've celebrated my first Christmas in London. I learned that pudding is not actually pudding here LOL *sigh and English people actually do drink TONS of tea.

Related: What to Expect When Moving to London

 

ILiving in London is more than just seeing Big Ben everyday. I’ve moved to two countries within the last year and a half and as fun as it looks its been extremely hard. I've had my ups and downs with the expat life. Moving to London from America is a challenge. There are new customs and cultural differences. This Blog Post describes my life in London and how I went from living on an island to readjusting to the city life. Here are some tips, thoughts and what to expect from living in London. Read more on my expat life on Flourish-ious.com

View from Sushisamba in Downtown London

 

Moving to a new country is fun and exciting but it is hard.

I've lived in  two countries within the past year and a half! (More on that here!) I know people's lives on Instagram can seem very glamorous and even when I lived in the Bahamas people used to tell me that my life was "so hard" because I lived on an island. But moving to an entirely new country with different culture, customs and ways of doing things is no easy feat. Doing it AGAIN so soon has been much harder.

Related: My Ten Tips for Moving Abroad

 

At times I have felt my loneliest in the busiest parts of London. I'm human, it happens! Read my feature on You Need Tribe, where I describe my troubles with the Expat Life.

 

Living in London is more than just seeing Big Ben everyday. I’ve moved to two countries within the last year and a half and as fun as it looks its been extremely hard. I've had my ups and downs with the expat life. Moving to London from America is a challenge. There are new customs and cultural differences. This Blog Post describes my life in London and how I went from living on an island to readjusting to the city life. Here are some tips, thoughts and what to expect from living in London. Read more on my expat life on Flourish-ious.com

Oxford Street Lights

 

I've gotten lost multiple times (with Google maps), had difficulty grocery shopping (because English English is different) and have even  accidentally walked into the men's restroom in a main London train station.  If you're planning on coming to London in the near future, make sure you have plenty of contact lenses so you don't repeat my mistakes;) More tips here

 

Also, the signs here in London are not posted in plain view. You can walk down a street and have no idea what street it is because the sign can be hidden on a gate,  placed on a random side of a building or simply just not there.

Related: Five Things to do In Notting Hill

 

Living in London is more than just seeing Big Ben everyday. I’ve moved to two countries within the last year and a half and as fun as it looks its been extremely hard. I've had my ups and downs with the expat life. Moving to London from America is a challenge. There are new customs and cultural differences. This Blog Post describes my life in London and how I went from living on an island to readjusting to the city life. Here are some tips, thoughts and what to expect from living in London. Read more on my expat life on Flourish-ious.com

Big Ben

 

London is huge!

I've been in central London and it could still take you 30 minutes to get to another part of central London. Example: traveling from Liverpool Street to Notting Hill Area can take 20-30 on the tube.

 

Living in London is more than just seeing Big Ben everyday. I’ve moved to two countries within the last year and a half and as fun as it looks its been extremely hard. I've had my ups and downs with the expat life. Moving to London from America is a challenge. There are new customs and cultural differences. This Blog Post describes my life in London and how I went from living on an island to readjusting to the city life. Here are some tips, thoughts and what to expect from living in London. Read more on my expat life on Flourish-ious.com

Chelsea Embankment

Living in London is more than just seeing Big Ben everyday. I’ve moved to two countries within the last year and a half and as fun as it looks its been extremely hard. I've had my ups and downs with the expat life. Moving to London from America is a challenge. There are new customs and cultural differences. This Blog Post describes my life in London and how I went from living on an island to readjusting to the city life. Here are some tips, thoughts and what to expect from living in London. Read more on my expat life on Flourish-ious.com

 

20 Things I've learned while Living in London:

  • Lots of tea!
  • I still haven't gotten used to looking right when I cross the Street. So sometimes I look both ways and just run
  • Laundry takes forever due to use of front-loading washers
  • People don't smile or say hi to you in public and especially not on the Tube
  • Everyone in Central seems to always be in a rush
  • No one knows what a restroom is (they are called toilets here)
  • Putting a duvet cover on is the equivalent of hell on earth
  • There is A LOT of walking

Related: How to Spend a Day in London

 

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More things I'm adjusting to:

  • Celsius
  • People say "You alright?" instead of "How are you?". I actually still don't know how to reply to this
  • Minding the gap
  • Eggs will not be found in the refrigerated section
  • Some of your American appliances won't work here even with a converter. I nearly blew up my Nutri Bullet
  • They love our accents!
  • Getting an Oyster card is cheaper than getting a one-way ticket on the tube each time you travel
  • The Indian food really is quite good!
  • Digestives are cookies you have with tea and not actually for your digestion
  • The Electrical Outlets have on/off switches
  • You need strong ankles from all of the walking

 

Living in London is more than just seeing Big Ben everyday. I’ve moved to two countries within the last year and a half and as fun as it looks its been extremely hard. I've had my ups and downs with the expat life. Moving to London from America is a challenge. There are new customs and cultural differences. This Blog Post describes my life in London and how I went from living on an island to readjusting to the city life. Here are some tips, thoughts and what to expect from living in London. Read more on my expat life on Flourish-ious.com

Living in London is more than just seeing Big Ben everyday. I’ve moved to two countries within the last year and a half and as fun as it looks its been extremely hard. I've had my ups and downs with the expat life. Moving to London from America is a challenge. There are new customs and cultural differences. This Blog Post describes my life in London and how I went from living on an island to readjusting to the city life. Here are some tips, thoughts and what to expect from living in London. Read more on my expat life on Flourish-ious.com

Tower Bridge

 

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