Making the time to keep in touch with friends from home

When I last went back to London (home-home), I realised I wasn’t checking my phone half as much as I do when I’m at my home abroad. The reason is obvious: I have 25 years of solid friendships to maintain in the UK compared to 18 months of developing friendships in Frankfurt. I am lucky there’s…

Alternative things to do in Frankfurt

Got friends visiting but don’t know what to do as you’ve already been up the Main Tower 3 times and quite frankly, you don’t fancy doing it again? Or maybe you just want to do something different but Google isn’t bringing up anything in particular? I’m about to have my 7th round of visitors since…

Over one year abroad and I’m still experiencing ‘firsts’

A few weeks of avoidance, finding the most convenient inconvenient time and getting to work late, all to be elevated back in a fancy chair and have random metal tools prodded around your mouth. Does anyone actually like going to the dentist? No, me neither, especially not when I’m abroad but I thought it was…

The world’s biggest book fair

Hundreds and thousands of pages of knowledge at the Frankfurt Buchmesse (book fair) this year! Not only was everyone spoilt for choice with new reads, but it was also a great opportunity to attend talks and presentations if you were lucky enough to get an industry ticket (which I wasn’t), and if not then it…

Moving from London to Frankfurt

“Why would someone leave London for Frankfurt?” Is what you may be thinking. Truth is, it was more than just the city that brought me here, but although there are a few things I wish I could have brought with me, I just can’t justify moving back to London right now. Here’s why: Small fish…

5 things you take for granted when you live in London

Whether you’ve lived in London all your life or have relocated from somewhere else you can’t deny that the cosmopolitan city has it’s unique specialities. It’s taken me over a year of living abroad to really appreciate this and there are still some things that I just can’t let go of. So here it is, 5…

A special visitor

I spent three years at home after finishing uni and venturing around Thailand for a month. It was just me and my mum, which was strange in itself, as I genuinely felt like an only child, but I eventually got used to my sister still being at uni. Eating dinner, watching crappy TV on a Sunday and…

How often should you visit (or not visit) home once you move abroad?

Every 3 months? Every 6 months? Or depending where you’ve moved to, maybe even every 18 months? There are of course no written rules but after living abroad just over a year, here’s a bit on how I went about visiting (and not visiting) home and why: “When are you first going to come back?” I…

I was evacuated because a British WW2 bomb was found near my flat

Yesterday, I was one of approx. 65,000 people in Frankfurt to evacuate their homes after a British-made bomb (1.4 tonnes of TNT) was found not far from my flat. Wednesday 30th August As my housemate and I scrolled through an online article after hearing the news on Tuesday, I finally accepted that this was happening…

What’s really on your mind before you move abroad?

How annoying is it when people talk loudly on public transport? I constantly think “Can you just shut up!?” and am always relieved when either I or the loud talker gets off. This time however, I just wanted to go over to the seats behind me and tell the loud talker that I know exactly…

One year since I moved abroad

Tears. A lot of tears. Waking up and being alone with my thoughts. Missing home comforts and no longer knowing the city that I live in like the back of my hand. Loneliness. This is exactly how I felt when I first moved out of my family home and went to university in 2009. It…

Loneliness when you move abroad

You can be amongst crowds, in small groups or with a friend, and still feel lonely. If everyone turns up apart from the one person you actually want there, that empty longing can make you feel lonely. Loneliness: A feeling of discomfort and sadness because you don’t have the company you want around you. I…

The disadvantage of the short commute

I spent 3 years working in central London, travelling approximately 50 minutes to work and 50 minutes back home every day. During my last year in London, the commute continued to become evermore tedious, sometimes reaching over an hour as Southern Rail used excuses including “the sun was shining too brightly” as reason for why…

Home for the weekend

Touching base I have never felt so excited to see London. Descending into Heathrow airport over the Thames, I saw Tower Bridge and The o2 Arena. I felt a smile spread across my face and a rush of excitement shoot through my body. I was back! Seven months is the longest I have been away…

Out with the old, in with the new?

But why is ‘old’ a bad thing? During my first few months of relocating to Frankfurt, I spent my evenings and weekends getting to know the city, making friends and flat hunting. It was time consuming and tiring, and I was aware that my beloved fitness routine was slowly but surely disappearing. Now that I…

Could I have moved abroad if I didn’t speak the language?

Put simply, yes. Would it have been so easy? Probably not. But it all depends where you go and what you actually want from the experience. Maybe languages aren’t your thing? Remember my first night out when I arrived in Frankfurt, the one I went to on my own? It was an English speaking event…