I’ve officially been in London now for 6 days, almost a full week. I’ve been thinking a lot about what I wanted to share about my first few days here and the last few days back in Seattle, but it’s all such a blur that I haven’t known where to start. My coworkers have been incredibly welcoming – inviting me to lunch and suggesting different areas in town where I should concentrate my flat-search. I also know a friend from Seattle who has lived in London for over two years so she invited me out both days this weekend to keep me busy and start showing me the ropes. Through her I was also introduced to a few other ladies who I hope to get to know better over the next few months. I need to start making travel buddies so the friend search has begun.
I arrived last Wednesday with four, yes, four suitcases (plus my carry-on’s) containing 95% of my clothes and as many shoes as I could possibly fit. Once I have more permanent housing I’ll ship over a few more items, but given the dollar to pound conversation rate and my weakness for Nordstrom sales I decided to bring over as many things as possible rather than pack lightly.
For my first month here I’m staying in a hotel that offers corporate apartments. The apartment has all the basics (small kitchen, fridge, washer/dryer, dishwasher) and is near grocery stores, restaurants, and most importantly, public transportation. It’s called Think Earls Court and every time I walk by the lobby I’m bombarded with a large logo that simply says “THINK”. Maybe it’s a sign to think about this major life decision I’ve just made to uproot my life to a foreign country, but so far I’ve avoided dwelling on it too much.
Here are a few other photos of my current living situation to set the scene for the next few weeks.