When foreigners move to The UK, London tends to be the obvious choice and it is clear why. London is exciting, it has the hustle and bustle of city life and an unlimited source of entertainment and activity. However, you have to sell a kidney on the black market to afford to live there.
Will and my good friend Jamie arrived in London this weekend before she sets off on a contiki next week. We went down to welcome her, explore and have some fun. The weather on our first day was better than any day we have had in Edinburgh, I mean I got sunburnt...in London. We spent the day lounging and drinking in Hyde Park before meeting up with our other ex-pat friend Scott. Something I loved about living in Auckland was all the cheap BYO restaurants, it makes it so easy to have a great night out, so we hopped on the tube to Shoreditch in search of something reminiscent. With our trusty £5 bottles on wine in hand, we sat down to a delicious Vietnamese meal and caused some ruckus.
When our bottles were almost empty, bellies full and the patience of the staff had worn off, we were on foot to find another location. Our inner teenagers somehow then emerged. I'm not too sure how the idea for the next location arose but next thing we know we were jumping over fences to find the playground of our dreams and have some drunken adventures - see below!
After too much pop and very little sleep we were up the next day to check Jamie in to her hotel and go be tourists in the rain (that's more like it London weather!) Big Ben is always a fave of mine to get a peak of when in London so we wandered down the Thames, underneath the London Eye and gazed across. Another one of my all time favourite places is Camden Town. The people, the vibe, the markets! I can't get enough. It's the perfect place to people watch, get a bargain or go to Cyber Dog and walk around in amazement and confusion.
As much as I do like London, I am still unsure if I see a relocation in the future. In Edinburgh I have cheap rent, cheap food, space and a good job. If I were to relocate I would have to give a lot of that up. For now I am happy with weekend visits to see my London pals!
Until next time friends..
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