Adjusting to London Living

Hello again! My three biggest takeaways from living in London so far are how far away the Tesco is from my flat, how much more comfortable I am when it comes to navigating my way around the city, and not being able to keep everything in the house turned on. For the first one, I’ve always lived right next to a dining hall or convenient store at college so whenever I was hungry or wanted a certain kind of food, it was super easy for me to get it. Now, I have to buy all of my food during one of my trips and I have to make sure that I have enough food to last me the week because I won’t feel like making the hike to the big Tesco store when I need something. I’ve never had to meal prep for the week or anything like that so the first few weeks were a little challenging. I slowly started to get the hang of what I needed to buy and how long stuff would last me and now I can go to the store on Sunday, buy enough food for the week and then be ready to go again next Sunday. I’ve definitely gotten better since I got here, but I still have a ways to make sure I eat food other than fast meals, such as pasta haha. When I first got here, I really was not sure of my surroundings and the general idea of where things were located on the map. After being here for a month, I really think I understand more where everything is and how to get there. For example, this past Friday my friend and I went to Camden market and I decided to not use the Citymapper app because I wanted to see if I could figure out how to get there using my internal GPS. It was a successful trip because we took all of the correct tube lines. If I tried to do that a few weeks after arriving here, I would have been completely lost and confused. This honestly such a big accomplishment for me because when I first came here the tube system confused me and I wasn’t 100% sure where to go all the time. Now, even though I’ve only been here for a month, I kind of feel like a local who actually lives here and knows how to get around the city. The final takeaway is how sensitive the wiring is in the flat. We can’t have all the appliances plugged into the walls, turned on, and going all at the same time how we could back home. A few weeks ago, I tried to turn on the overhead oven light on, and the washing machine, oven and dishwasher were on so the whole kitchen went dark. I then had to then flip a switch in the fuse box to get the electricity to work. Then, tonight I tried making toast and the whole kitchen and bedroom went dark again. I guess this is my lesson not to have a lot of things plugged in and turned on. I think it’s the old wiring in the buildings that causes this to happen, but we just have to get used to how things are over here. That’s all for now, till next time!