04 August 2014

oh, the places you'll go


it's been 3.5 months since we moved to london and, to be honest, i can't say that i've missed perth one bit. of course i miss my family and friends, but missing them and feeling homesick are quite different.
 
we've settled so much into london that we actually miss it when we go away. you can't really put your finger on it, but there's something about a big city that is a bit like a drug (not that i've ever done drugs), but the good kind. the more you experience, the more you want and if you go without for too long, you just come crawling back for more.
 
it's feeling like you are one tiny life in an ocean of people, it's discovering a hole-in-the-wall cafe, it's getting lost in the crowds, it's finding a great cup of coffee, it's experiencing new and exciting things, it's having the world at your fingertips, it's appreciating that the sun's out even if it's just for an hour, it's stepping into a church that was built in the 1100s, it's inhaling that warm and stale tube air, it's hearing 3 different languages spoken in one room annd it's having someone to share it all with.
 
a few more interesting things i've noticed about london:
 
1. people can drink anywhere they want, whether it be on the street, in a park or even on the tube.
 
2. london is a great place for single people. we have met so many single people here ranging from 25-40 and being single is really no big deal. people are so content with where they are in life. hardly anyone is married and there are definitely no kids (so different from our life in little ol' perth). plus, supermarkets cater for single people way better than in australia - all the meals come in 1 serving portions!
 
3. class structure is really a thing here, with a real distinction between the posh upper class, the middle class and the working class. most people tend to mix only within their class sphere.
 
4. the spectrum of earning capacity is way more extreme! in perth graduate teachers are earning as much as, if not more than, graduate lawyers. in london, the minimum wage is £6.50, but if you're a lawyer or a banker your earning capacity has almost no limit.
 
5. brunch does not mean from 10:00am to 12:00pm, it's more like 12:00pm to 5:00pm.

14 comments:

  1. I moved to Ireland for five months this year, and although I did find myself homesick for my home city once in a while, there were so many new and wonderful experiences that kept me from missing home too much. It is the little things, discovering a new favorite cafe or shop, working out a new daily routine, those are the things that make moving to a new country so exciting. It's completely different from travel-it's living. I'm so happy to hear that you are adjusting happily :) xx

    The What's In Between

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    1. thanks for your lovely message. i definitely agree that it's the little things that make you appreciate a new place and getting into a new routine helps that too. ireland would be such an interesting place to live!

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  2. Hands up! I visited London for the first time a few months, and you're so right it quickly feels like home. I loved it!

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    1. i guess it helps that everyone speaks english, so it's not too much of an adjustment!

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  3. Never been to London but it's a place that i really want to visit one day. Anyway, the photo very beautiful.
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    1. london is an awesome place to visit. there are so many things to see and do here! thanks for your comment :)

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  4. I'm glad you love London! I've lived here my whole life and apart from how busy and touristy it can get I love it!

    The Velvet Black // UK Style, Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

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    1. what's not to love? i agree with the touristy bit, but admittedly i feel a bit like one still!

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  5. That hot air balloon is soooo gorg! London is awesome! I need to go back!
    Mwah Mwah Mwah!
    xo Beckerman Girls
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    1. you definitely need to come back here!

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  6. Wow I really like reading about the differences you've found in terms of living in London. Glad to hear you're settling in so well, sounds like a great life move for the two of you.

    Kx.

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    1. thanks kay. i can't say that i regret our move at all!

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  7. I understand what it feels to move to another place away from your family. I moved from New Orleans to Los Angeles and left my family and boyfriend. Sad but helped me grow up :)
    xx,
    Marie

    LivRiot | Fashion & StreetStyle Blog
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    1. wow, that must have been so hard for you! i'm glad that i at least have my husband here with me. we definitely change from the experience, but i think for the better :)

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