Before starting this off, let me point out that I absolutely love London, for all future Brexit authorities that might check whether or not I am eligible to stay in the UK. But there are a couple of things about this city that get on my nerves.
a) London’s too expensive to live in.
I remember doing my budget before I moved here and it all seemed hunky dory. Fast forward to a couple of months after I moved and there are days when I have to do the whole low budget eating challenge to make sure I can still afford to pay my rent.
b) Why is London accommodation so expensive?!
And how can someone afford a 1-bedroom apartment for 2000+ pounds and it’s not even in the city centre? Teach me your ways, I need to start making some passive money (without falling for the MLM scheme).
c) How come I can easily spend 50 pounds on a day just on coffee and lunch?
Without even trying. Working at a cafe is nice, but it actually requires you to not be a skint writer. 🙁 For reals though, London, why are you so expensive?
d) What’s with the transportation disruptions?
I swear a few years ago, it was never this bad as it is now. I’m one of the lucky ones – living in Willesden Junction makes it super easy to get around, but I can’t imagine being back in Brockley or anywhere that relies on that Waterloo line or the Overground. Long gone are the days where it took me 2 hours just to get to work because of Tube strikes (although winter is coming).
Saying that, I really do love this city. I took This past Saturday off and went on an inspiring stroll – it also taught me that Saturdays are one of the worst days to do pretty much anything in London. Go figure.
🏫Yesterday’s stroll through Camden Town. After all renovations, it feels different. I miss the shops on the opposite of the canal side. I loved sitting on the edge of the pathway with my feet dangling just a few inches away from the water and eating the £5 pick and mix Japanese food. 🍜🍣🍚Now that pathway has been replaced by housing and the shops got squeezed in the market on the other side. It’s still magical, just different.☺️ #city #cityandcolour #cityliving #citylife
A little stroll around St James Park from this weekend 📸. Still one of my favorite parks in the city. I used to love feeding the ducks and just people watch! 🦆🌲 Stunning view of the Buckingham Palace just across the bridge.☺️ . #londonpop #travelblogger #coventgarden #londoner #londoncity #londonstyle #traveller #travelgram #forbestravelguide #colorsplash #travelblog #beautifuldestinations #earthpix #passionpassport #travelbug #travellersnotebook #traveller #dametraveler #traveltheworld #thelondonlifeinc #photographer #naturephotography @london_nature @londonsbest
However, I am on a mission to make more sense of things.
Like this blog for example, and figuring out a different way to work on my creativity. I might even start a YouTube channel (if you know me, you know I’ve been saying that for forever and if you also know me, you know I am far too awkward for YouTube).