Moving away from your hometown is scary, and it's even more of a leap when it's a new country too. There are a few things about London that help to make me feel more at home:
- Any club that plays commercial music will put on "Mr Brightside" around 2am
- Using the local colloquial greeting instantly makes you feel a part of a community (here it's "y'alright?")
- Watching local TV (I have a particular soft spot for Made in Chelsea) and being able to discuss it (at embarrassing length) with other locals helps too
- Tourists keep stopping me for directions and public transport advice - and I can help them! Yes!
- McDonalds smells the same no matter where you visit it
- Even in a big city, it's possible to feel like a local if you frequent the establishments in your area - Pappagone and The Haberdashery are my favourites
Italian hot chocolate at "The Hab"
- And home is wherever your family is - as desperately as I miss my mum and sister, I'm so, so grateful to have two sisters and one adopted brother here :)