London life

Ooops, i’ve left it a bit long between posts again sorry! But in my defense I haven’t really had much time to sit down and blog since the last time I wrote what with the move down to the capital and starting the new job among other reasons. I’m currently sat with my feet up though and its the end of the week so now seems as good a time as any to finally put words on the screen.

I officially moved down to London just over 2 weeks ago and as you probably gathered from my last post the business of finding somewhere decent to live was proving tricky and exasperating so I actually took up the kind offer of one of my very good friends to move in to her flat temporarily and reside on her sofa until I could find a place. After experiencing the disasters of trying to flat hunt from a distance this seemed like the best solution, once you’re actually here it is much easier to arrange viewings, get to places quickly and see dozens of flats in a shorter time period.

It feels like i’ve been here for ages already, i’ve certainly spent enough money to make it feel like i’ve been here for at least a month (it slips through your fingers like sand and before you know it your bank balance is screaming at you)

Anyway back to the point, although it feels like i’ve been down here for a really long time already, its actually only been just over 2 weeks and I am moving into a lovely new flat tomorrow so it has all worked out for the best. I’m really relieved as a couple of viewings were cancelled when I first got here and one girl changed her mind and pulled out of a deal just as i was about to send her a deposit so for a while I was feeling quite upset and worried that I would be annoying my friend and taking up too much space in her living room for way too long (not that she would kick up a fuss because she’s been really great about the whole situation) but then I went to view a flat which I found on spareroom advertised at £475 a month about a 20-25 minute walk away from work, inbetween Wandsworth and Putney. It seemed too good to be true, and i was skeptical to say the least as there weren’t many pictures on the advert (I was expecting it to be a cupboard or something) but when I went to see the place it was super, two lovely flatmates, a decent sized living room with extra space for a table to eat at, a balcony with a barbecue, a large kitchen, separate bathroom and toilet and a double bedroom with wardrobe, desk, chest of drawers etc. Ding ding ding, I’ve hit the jackpot!

I can’t wait to get there tomorrow morning and unpack my things so I no longer have to live out of a suitcase, it’s also going to be a huge relief not having to wake up at 6am every day as currently I’m commuting an hour each way in the morning and then back again in the evening at rush hour.

I have to say I’m really enjoying life down in London and feel like i’ve really started to settle in now, things were a little shaky to start with what with the flat situation I’ve already mentioned plus I was a complete numpty and managed to leave my purse on a train and everything in it on only my second day here which meant I had to be living on some limited emergency cash while I waited for new cards to be sent out, all quite upsetting and not the best of starts. The purse situation was resolved though by a kind guy called John who I had been chatting to on the train journey, he must have spotted it and went out of his way to track me down using the information on my drivers licence, he got in touch and I was able to go and pick up the purse from him, he had kept it without taking anything at all, every single penny was still in its exact place and my driving licence, rail card and all important nectar card were all still there. It warms your heart to know there are people out there who do things like that, he really saved my bacon – Thanks John!! 🙂

In other news, pretty important news I suppose since its the whole reason I’m here in the first place, I’ve just finished the second full week of work at my new school in Fullham. I won’t name it on here as this is a pretty public domain and reaches a fair amount of people, you never know who is reading! I’m still learning the ropes at the moment because every school is different and even with a years experience at BSG there are still things that are done very differently but I can already tell that its a lovely place with one of the nicest bunch of staff I’ve probably ever come across, everyone is so nice and supportive and also really social which has been great for making friends/settling in. I’m a Teaching Assistant for Y4 in the mornings doing maths and literacy with them, most afternoons i’m with Y5/6 (the school is quite small so Y5 and Y6 are combined), I also help out with French lessons on occasion and on Friday mornings I do something called the “Big Write” with Y5 which is basically an English/creative writing session.

Outside of school I’ve been meeting with other friends who have already been down in London for a while, I’ve experienced a night out in Brixton which was pretty fun, next on the list is Clapham for the infamous “Infernos” – apparently it’s awful but you’ve got to do it once. I’ve got a list of other places I want to visit and things I want to do over the coming months including a few hidden bars!! I’ve got two gigs to look forward to before Christmas, both at the 02 Academy in Brixton which I’ve heard is awesome in terms of atmosphere and being able to see the stage because the room is sloped so really looking forward to those, hopefully I’ll be able to afford to go to quite a lot of gigs as I always really enjoy them.

I’ve gotten massively back into reading thanks to my long commutes and have powered my way through books 1 and 2 of the Chaos Walking Trilogy by Patrick Ness in just two weeks, I need to go and get a copy of book 3 tomorrow so I can carry on reading, the story really pulls you in, definitely recommend the series if anyone is thinking of finding a new book to read. Even though I’ll mostly be walking to work from now on I hope I still find time to keep up the habit of reading a bit of a book each day because when you get your nose stuck into a good book there’s nothing better. Some people have mentioned to me that I should invest in a Kindle but I’m one of those people who prefers to hold a book in my hands and turn the pages so I can see how far along I am as I go, then admire it on my shelf once its finished. Anyone else like that or is it just me? I feel like most people have abandoned the idea of having a paper copy of a book now and it makes me sad!

That’s about it for now really, I’m planning on keeping this updated with general posts about life down in London so if I manage to visit anywhere interesting or find a new area of the city to explore I’ll definitely be writing about it.

Thanks for reading, I’ll leave you with just a few pictures and I’ll be back again soon 🙂

Ciao, Pippa xxx

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PS: I have been a bit obsessed with taking pictures of Tower Bridge as it’s on the way home to my friend’s house and every time I walk past I have to stop and just admire it ahahaa

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