Living away from your family

Living away from your family can be hard. Whether it’s a different city, a different country or a different continent, the thousands of kilometres between us and our families can make them feel very unreachable. Being able to get to your siblings’, parents’ and grandparents’ homes in less than an hour really does seem like…

Where do you call home?

Back in London and ready to tell my friends from home the story about a disastrous yet hilarious car sharing experience in Germany, I asked “Do you have a car sharing website?” Which was responded to with a strong “you!?” and a lot of laughter as we realised I hadn’t used the word ‘we’. Oops!…

Leaving everything behind

When someone mentioned that they viewed moving abroad as leaving everything behind, it really did make me think twice. I hadn’t thought about it in this way at all and I guess it has opened my eyes to other people’s experiences. Moving abroad has it’s ups and downs and I can imagine that for people…

Here’s why not investing in trust can prevent you from feeling settled

Imagine how much you have going on when you move house or start a new job. It’s stressful, right? Can you imagine doing both simultaneously and in a new country? It was crazy: Numerous buys from Ikea, remembering everyone’s names at work, numerous returns to Ikea, forgetting everyone’s names at work. Ahh! I met an…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Two Months Too Long

Two months today since I moved to Germany, which means almost two months since I last blogged – eeeek! Apologies! I could list a long line of excuses, but I’m sure you don’t wanna hear it as much I don’t wanna write it. Frankfurt has been treating me exceptionally well and I’ve not once been homesick….

Relocation Relocation Relocation

If you know me it’ll be no surprise that tears streamed down my face as I headed towards security. I hugged my family a long goodbye, and my heart broke as my God- Daughter wished me a safe flight and good luck in my new job. It wasn’t anything extraordinary really, it was probably about…