Dear friends, blogging pals, regular readers and passers-by, I’d like to say you are all beyond AMAZING!!! The amount of supportive comments, encouraging words, inspiring stories and, in general- love and care I received after publishing my last post has been unbelievable! I don’t want to sound cheesy but seriously, it means the world- thank you all from the bottom of my heart!
Since the previous post was published, my situation has changed a lot. First of all, the bank thingy is sorted out for once! My advise to any expat ever considering opening an account in London: go to the city centre! Bank staff in zone one is used to dealing with expats employed by big companies in the City and although I wouldn’t necessarily call them helpful, they are certainly less annoying than their suburban colleagues. At HSBC’s it took us from 8:28 to 11:06 to open an account but it’s finally behind us which is a massive relief! And then, the story only gets better…
Do you remember me saying I’m waiting for a miracle? Let me tell you one thing: miracles do happen! A few days after my post went online and I was about to extend my stay at the hotel still waiting for the ridiculous agency to let us know whether we can get a flat or not, a friend contacted me on Facebook saying ‘hey, me and my boyfriend live close to London and we have a spare room, maybe you’d like to stay with us for a couple of days?’. What’s even more special is that the message came from a girl whom I haven’t seen for 15 years!!! We used to go to primary school together, I remember sitting in her flat for hours, eating pizza, playing Sims and listening to The Offspring as her mum was never at home. I was so jealous!!! My mum was always at home and she didn’t allow me to eat pizza or play computer games. In case you wonder, she didn’t like The Offspring either! So yeah, my friend’s place was a real paradise. But we were kids and once the school came to an end we lost touch completely. And she still offered me her place! Moreover, she and her boyfriend (who also gave us a really warm welcome) were about to go away so they literally left us the keys to their house!!! It’s something I’d never ask for and something I’d never think anybody would do for me. And how can you not have faith in people?! Sometimes I still need to pinch myself though as it’s absolutely unbelievable. And they don’t even make a big deal of it! They literally made me feel at home. It’s the most amazing thing that happened, first of all because it’s an enormous help, all the stress is gone and I can just relax and look for a flat without thinking of a dozen of other issues. The other, more important reason is the situation itself which touched me deeply and made me feel truly special. What else can I say? Miracles do happen!
As for the home, the unfortunate agency called us saying we failed references so they’re obliged to give us the money back! Which was also completely unexpected. They didn’t charge their ridiculous fee either! It’s just lots of great news at the moment. Also, I arranged a viewing of two lovely flats today so keep your fingers crossed, I need this winning streak to carry on at least for a few more days! 🙂
So yeah, thank you all again and I will obviously keep you up to date with everything.
P.S. What a great feeling to enjoy a cup of tea which doesn’t come from a paper cup!