Four Months.

I've lived in the UK for exactly four months as of today. Four months. As in, a third of this year. It's going incredibly fast, and some days I can't get over how quickly I've grown accustomed to calling it my home. Don't get me wrong, I have my girly melt-down moments where I feel like I'm missing out on a lot of things back home, but I would say that 95% of the time, I'm content. When I'm meeting new teachers who tell me that they only want to stay for six months before heading back home, I secretly think they're crazy; why would you come all this way and only stay a few short months?

As easy as it is to complain about the public transport here, it's actually fairly painless for the most part. I never thought I'd take to catching multiple modes of transportation in the morning, particularly coming from a place where I accessed everything by car. I don't mind it though; it's actually sort of nice being able to take a breather and read the paper of a morning on the way to walk. (Of course, breathing is highly over-rated when the person next to you hasn't brushed their teeth or applied deoderant.)

I love the cold weather, so fitting in with that hasn't been too difficult. I think I'm the only person living in the United Kingdom whose heart drops at the thought of warm summer days. Give me a cup of tea and a blanket to snuggle under, over sweaty armpits and greasy skin any day of the week!

I've tried to push myself to do things I wouldn't normally have the chance to do back home. Back home, I was never much of a social butterfly, though I'm doing my best to get out and explore while I'm here. No, I'm not going out clubbing and drinking every evening; that's never going to be me. But I am trying to do new things, experience random events, and meet new people. I hope that continues no matter how long I stay.

London is an amazing place to visit, and even more amazing to call home. It's so diverse, and often overwhelming. There are so many parts to it that I don't think I'll ever get a chance to explore, but I'm looking forward to doing my best. In four months time, I hope to have a whole stack of things to add to my memory bank.

Long story short? I think what I'm trying to say is that four months in, I'm happy.

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The Casual Perfectionist said...

That's awesome! I'm so happy for you. Has it really been FOUR MONTHS!? It doesn't seem possible.

Fiona said...

It's scary how fast this year is going *dies* :)

Lara said...

i'm so glad you're happy. i worried over you a bit at first, being so far from your home and family. (i'm a worrier by nature.) but i'm really happy that it's going so well for you, and that you're getting the chance to experience new things. :)

yay aly!

kirby said...

I'm terribly excited for you. And while I miss you like crazy, I know you're doing something amazing.
And I will try and come and visit.. I used the 'will you pay for it' thing on my parents when they started talking again.. and they said .. 'maybe'

kim said...

yeah! Alynda glad to read it! you good girl!

Kelley said...

Wow, has it been four months already? How I wish I had the balls to do what you are doing :)

janet said...

Wow, time flies. How long do you plan on living there total?

Katie said...

So glad to hear that you're happy, Alynda! This is an amazing adventure you're on and you're sure to have many wonderful memories when it's all over.

Marie said...

Good to hear all is going well. :) London is so big and just has so much to offer, so much to see. I don't think you will ever be bored for one second. Keep enjoying and I hope you have more happy adventures!

Laurel said...

Wonderful!! I am so glad this has been such a fabulous experience for you (so far). Here's to more happy months.

Kristabella said...

Awesome! I'm so glad you are enjoying your time there!

I so want to come visit!

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