Surprisingly, I actually get emails with questions. Who knew anyone would actually be interested in what I blather on about?
My last Ask Me Anything had mostly travel related queries, and I’ve had a mixed bag of questions this time. In no particular order:
WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO MOVE TO LONDON?
I actually arrived in London with the intention of using it as a home base for the UK, whilst I applied for jobs in Scotland (Edinburgh, to be exact). I got here, got settled in quite quickly, and met my now husband. He’s from south London and his family is here, as is his job, so I’ve just made London work. 3+ years later, and I’m quite settled in.
My original plan was 2 years in the UK, 2 years in Ireland and 2 years in New Zealand (all of this was based on where I could get youth visas for). I arrived in June, went to Bulgaria for late June / July, and was back in London in August. I started a job in Mayfair, but was applying for jobs in Scotland. Before I knew it, I met my (now) husband and here we are.
WILL YOU & YOUR HUSBAND EVER MOVE TO CANADA?
Short answer, probably yes. My husband has always wanted to go to Canada and would love to give it a go, but we need to figure out what makes the most sense for us financially. My husband has also had the same job since he was 18, so it would be a massive change for him to go to Canada.
WOULD YOU EVER CONSIDER LIVING IN ANY OTHER COUNTRY?
For a brief time, I lived in Bulgaria. I also dreamed of living in Ireland and New Zealand. My husband knows all of this and knows my feet get itchy if I’m still too long, so we have talked at great lengths about moving somewhere else. Pre-Brexit, we discussed moving somewhere within the EU in a few years, but not knowing how Brexit will play out, we have no idea what that means for us.
WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO GET A PUG? THEY CAN HAVE SO MANY HEALTH ISSUES.
I’ve grown up with them (my family had 2), and I am fully aware of the health issues they have. I’m also aware of how lovely they can be! We wanted a dog that was full of life, but was small enough to be ok in a flat (we couldn’t imagine a Great Dane running around our flat). Having had pugs, boston terriers, labradors, huskies, german shephards and mutts, we decided on a pug and couldn’t be happier. Reuben has brought us so much joy!
DO YOU FIND THE QUALITY OF LIFE DIFFERENT IN LONDON VERSUS YOUR HOME TOWN?
Massively. Like, abso-fucking-lutely. London is so damn exhausting. Whilst it offers so many more things than my hometown does in terms of activities and things to do, the quality of life here is crap. You can make reasonable money at home, own a nice property with land and / or waterfront, and work reasonable hours without having to deal with massive commutes. On the other hand, London offers us lots to see and do and experience, and cheap flights to loads of brilliant destinations. They both definitely have their pros and cons, but I would say in terms of quality of life, my hometown wins by bloody miles.