Can you believe it? This time last week we were just getting to our temporary flat with all our luggage in tow. This week, we feel like a local – crossing the road even when it says “WAIT,” not walking around with a map, having a regular coffee place, finding my equivalent to Whole Foods, having a flat to let and bank accounts set up. All in all, a pretty productive week.
Then we come to things that no one told us about moving to London.
1) My hair will be a greasy, matted mess. I think because of the hard water. So far it just gets increasingly worse with each wash.
2) The washing machine holds about 5 pairs of underwear at a time. To be fair, Nicole did warn me that the laundry situation was dire over here, but I honestly thought she was exaggerating. There is no dryer either, which isn’t really an issue for me, except that there’s absolutely no room to hang anything and the place we’re letting is supplied with one broken drying rack.
3) Not sure if allergies are to blame or a cold, but something has made my throat swell up and my nose run. It feels like allergies, with itchy eyes and the whole bit. The thing is – I haven’t had allergies since I was a child and that was to dust. I’m hoping it’s temporary and will go away on it’s own.
4) There are so, so, so many people. Obviously, I knew this to a certain extent, but to experience it first hand, whenever you step our your door, and no matter what day of the week it is, can get frustrating. Our new place is set on a quiet, private road, and I’m starting to appreciate that more and more. I should clarify, where we’re staying currently is also a quiet neighbourhood. It’s just that as soon as you leave our street you are basically at Kings Cross, which is one of the busiest transit hubs in all of Europe.
5) People are incredibly friendly. I know I mentioned that before in a previous post, but I wanted to reiterate it, since we are still finding that to be the case. Just don’t go into any of the really high end furniture stores. They’re still a little snooty. I’m hoping that will pass once I can say I work for such-and-such design firm.
6) The food has been reasonably priced and delicious. We have found some amazing vegetarian places. I’ll have to start a list of where we’ve eaten. Today, we ate at our favourite place we found on our last trip to London – Food for Thought. For £13, we ate all this at lunch time. The stew was amazingly, delicious. And the Scrunch dessert was the reason we went back.
Every so often, it hits us that we are here to stay, and we have a moment. Already, we are finding it easy to take everything for granted. We realize not everyone gets an opportunity like this, and that we need to take those moments to sit back and take it in. Today, it happened while we were sofa shopping. We were sitting in John Lewis, and all of a sudden it was apparent we weren’t at The Bay (John Lewis is similar to The Bay) and that everyone had English accents and that we were a 8 or 9 hour flight from Vancouver. And instead of complaining about having to spend our time looking for furniture, we should be grateful that we have a great landlord, who is letting us assist in furnishing the flat and appreciating that we were able to rent a place so quickly and easily. Perspective!