I’m Moving!!! Fear & Excitement

moving to London

Hello everyone! This post is basically just to share some happy news with you- I know I haven’t been able to blog as often as I wish at the same time I genuinely believe it’s about to change. Life is pretty busy, a bit stressful and super exciting for me at the moment and it’s actually all about moving!

moving to London
I’ve just moved IntoTheCity from Blogger to WordPress which, although the whole process was a huge hassle, I can’t recommend enough! Seriously, it is just sooo convenient with all the plugins saving tonnes of time and doing work for you. I keep discovering things I never knew I’ve always needed; it makes such a difference to the technical aspect of blogging, I’m literally in love. WordPress may take a while to get used to and discover its full potential but it’s totally worth it!

To carry on with the subject of moving I have another news to share- I’m changing my postcode too! *yay* It’s still hard to believe that in just over a fortnight I’d be living in the city I’ve always wanted to live in: I’m moving to London! I’m extremely pleased with the change, simply because London feels much more like home than Warsaw does. Brutally as it sounds, I’m not going to miss a single thing about this city.

In London life is less stressful and everything you wish for is around the corner- delicious vegan food from all over the world, international fashion, fabulous art galleries, blogger events, exquisite architecture, shortbread fingers to your morning coffee, picturesque riverside, lovely markets and Toni & Guy hair salons. After almost 3 years of living in Poland I’m coming back to where my heart lies- needless to say, it feels great!

night-london

Despite my overall joy I do actually have some fear of the unknown. My biggest worry is my future flat. I remember each time I was looking for a flat in London before it was nothing less than a nightmare. When you open Gumtree it’s full of beautiful flats to rent but then you make a call to arrange a meeting and it turns out that the flat’s been gone although the ad is like 10-minute old! And if you’re lucky enough to actually see the place it’s always something happy to give you a heart attack, either the price (was that amount really per week?!) size ( do they think you’re going to sleep with your feet in the corridor?!) or general condition of the place (has anyone ever bothered to clean there?!). So yeah, that’s my major worry and I don’t even know where to start to get round it.

Another thing that makes me feel slightly insecure is the fear of not making friends. I know the city well and I truly enjoy walking with my headphones on or sitting in a cafe with my laptop writing on my own but it’s still good to have someone who’s happy to see you from time to time, isn’t it. Someone to go shopping with, to check out that new restaurant or start a diet on Monday. Someone willing to go to fitness classes with you, book Thai massage sessions or ask where they do the best facial in the area. Someone to talk to when the world weights a bit too much, someone to tell you off when needed. Someone just to be there really. I do have a few lovely girlfriends in Warsaw and I really hope for London to be the same- at the end of the day it’s where I plan to stay for good so a few friendly faces wouldn’t hurt!

Have you ever moved abroad? What was your experience? Do you have any advice?

  • Jennifer

    First off super Congratulations on making the move. I have moved state to state, but never abroad. I am actually getting ready to travel Europe next year. I wanted to move to Ireland, but things like visas and what not get in the way:-(
    I am planning on time in London also, and I’m glad to hear there are blogger conferences across the pond.

    • Thanks so much Jennifer <3 I used to live in London before so it doesn't really feel like moving 'abroad', it's just this time everything seems to be pretty ad hoc. Ireland sounds interesting, I'm sorry to hear it didn't work out. Fingers crossed for London! x

  • How exciting you’re making such a massive move, I hope the moving process goes smoothly for you! Fear of the unknown is totally natural as the beginning is always the hardest, but it’s all up up UP from there! 🙂

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice x

    • Hi Gabrielle, thanks so much for all your supportive words, you made me feel so much better <3

  • maliblue mymind

    congrats darling! London is indeed a fabulous city and I’m sure you will enjoy living there. But Poland seems very interesting to me as well!:)
    xx
    lau
    http://www.malibluemymind.com

    • Thanks so much Lau! <3 'Interesting' is a good word to describe Poland. It's a wonderful country to visit but I can't say I'm not excited moving to live somewhere else 🙂

  • I’ve moved abroad twice, well 3 times if you count moving back to France between Turkey and the US. My main advice would be: enjoy! There’s something exhilarating about taking the jump, and the first year or so you’ll probably feel like it’s not “real”. It kind of feels like being on a permanent vacation, lol! But then the routine of daily life takes over and the initial fun wears away. So try not to be too stressed about the details, the paperwork, etc, and focus on the adventure and the discovery!

    Beaumiroir

    • That all makes perfect sense to me, Lulle, thanks for your advice! I’ve actually moved abroad twice but, as much as I enjoyed it, it was always about hard work (2 unies and job, each in a different city!) so I really hope this time I’ll get some space to settle a bit and appreciate the place 🙂 Not looking forward to the paperwork though, haha 🙂

      Mal x

  • London is a fab city but it does take some getting used to…having only lived here a few months now. I’m happy we found a small flat that at least has a patio and aone green space. Hopefully we’ll be able to meet up sometime after work, after 5 pm for me on weekdays or perhaps my days off, which really vary right now. Chin up! 😉

    • Oh, I’d love to meet up sometime, just need to sort out the flat thing first 🙂 The one we’re trying to get is really tiny (well, as you say, London standards are something one needs to adjust to) but at least the location is convenient so it would be a good starting point. Well, fingers crossed 🙂