On 1st December, I will have lived in London for exactly 2 years. It’s been a whirlwind of a time between getting engaged, applying for my UK visa, packing up my life into five suitcases and making the leap across the pond to live here indefinitely. I absolutely love London, but moving over here was one of the most difficult experiences I have ever had. Adjusting to living in a new country permanently is a completely different ballgame to simply visiting or even studying abroad. But sometimes, the road less travelled is a good thing.
When I moved over here, we lived with my fiancé’s family for about a year until I got a job and we looked for our own place to live. Finding a job was an uphill battle – I got the door slammed in my face numerous times, but kept on going until I eventually secured one. Finding a place to live – was also an uphill battle, but alas, we found an amazing little home that we can finally call our own. Simply being away from the comforts of home was really hard and there were times I wanted to raise the white flag, throw in the towel and say to my fiancé, let’s move back to the US. But, I’m so glad that we didn’t because even though it was (and still is) difficult navigating being an expat, I wouldn’t trade it for anything. Throughout the trials and tribulations, I have had some truly wonderful experiences and have met some fabulous friends along the way.
You may be wondering why I am sharing all of this with you. Well, for the first time in the two years, I am really content with my life here in London and really proud of the journey thus far. I’ve had some time to reflect over the past few years – the good and the bad – and I’ve wanted to add a new element to Blonde Across the Pond beyond just sharing tips for restaurants and bars. When I moved here, I had wished that I had a guide to read about the ins and the outs of living abroad. I wished that there had been a book filled with stories about other people who had moved to a different country as it would have been nice to have something to relate to and look to for advice.
So without further adieu, I’m going to be starting an Expat Series filled with stories, tips and practical advice for fellow expats from around the globe with the hope that it helps those making the leap across the pond a little bit easier. If you’re an expat or have recently moved and would like to contribute an article, please get in touch, I’d love to hear from you! (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Thanks for following along! Here’s to new beginnings…