It’s been 10 days since I landed here in London as an expat. I survived! I’m still claiming new girl status for several more weeks…or anytime I need an excuse for my newbie mistakes (ahem – taking the tube two stops in the wrong direction on the way to work the other morning). That said, I’m positive if I can handle all the “newness” of these initial weeks I can tackle most challenges to come. Currently I’m in the process of finding a more permanent flat (AKA apartment for us Americans), which is at least a two-part post for another day considering the craziness it involves.
Lately I’ve been taking note of all the differences between Seattle and London. The differences range from small things like not having access to my favorite TV shows to bigger things like realizing my family, friends, and boyfriend aren’t in the same time zone as me. To prevent panic mode, I group the differences into two categories: superficial and significant. I know the significant differences will take awhile to adjust to, but the superficial differences just make me laugh sometimes.
Here’s a sampling of some of the superficial differences I’ve noticed so far. Wearing jeans to work (not cool here), Nordstrom (doesn’t exist here), toilet seat covers (nowhere to be found), figuring out how to dial UK phone numbers (time-consuming, so many numbers), trash bins (lacking, they just leave trash in bags on the sidewalks for pickup), Nordstrom Rack (ALSO doesn’t exist here), the dollar (I miss the dollar so much), and last but not least English accents (do we really speak the same language?).
I can definitely adjust, it’s not like I’m living in the middle of nowhere here. I’ll keep grouping the differences into two buckets to keep things in perspective. David Bowie sang it best, “Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes. Turn and face the strange”.