14 August 2017

How I'm Preparing to Move to London at 18 (Without My Parents)

 One month.

That's all the time between this moment here and the moment that I touch down at London's Heathrow Airport and add another city onto the already longer-than-average list of cities that I call home. I started the whole university application process about a year ago. It's unbelievable to see all those unknowns reveal themselves and lose the 'un' part. It's rather satisfying, too. And scary, but I already spoke about that here.
A lot needs to happen between this moment now, where I sit down and type this and the moment that will come when I unlock my door to my uni res for the first time. I think a good place to start is to keep my wits about me; I can't be losing my cool just yet...not this early on at least.
So, here's what's happened, what is happening and what needs to happen for a smooth transition to Steph unlocking that uni room door with her wits about her:

This may sound a bit counter-intuitive but I have to leave the Northern hemisphere, where I currently can be found on most days lounging with feet and less enjoyable places full of sand- on the beach- and get back 'home home'- to South Africa. You'd think airlines would be more considerate of people packing up their lives into 2 suitcases (with set weight specifications), but they're not. I doubt they could care less. Hence, to maximise the amount of of objects that get to come along with me to London, I have to fly back to the Southern Hemisphere. Well, I'm flying back to get a whole 45kg. That's it. In most instances 45kg is a lot... but not when those 45kg are made up of bed sheets, pans, plates, a winter's worth of coats and every other life-dependant object I own.

So, first I need to pack up my summer stuff in Greece and hoard myself back into the Southern Hemisphere- which also means I need to re-acquaint myself with my old, good friend Winter.
So far, I've bought: a desk lamp, fairy lights (obvs), knives, spoons and forks, a pencil holder, some plastic trays for my draw and dish sponges and drying towels. I've bought clothes, too; That's the win-win of living in South Africa. I've had winter clothes bought since April- and I have pretty much 100% certainty that no one else will have the same clothes as me (not that I really mind though). Those clothes are sitting in another suitcase, in my room, in South Africa. I have a lot of suitcases in my life right now...with varying fullness. So, now, I just need to buy other things, like pans, bed sheets, months worth of pads, shampoo and soap (because it's cheaper in South Africa) etc.

I've also spent a good amount of time on Pinterest, scouring 'DIY student rooms' and 'student DIY ideas'. I can't really commend my interior design skills (or lack thereof) but I have a very, very vague, faded and hazy image in mind for my room. I guess it's just going to be a more 'get there and place things randomly' kind of attempt at design. Don't worry though, I'll definitely show you how that pans out in the end!
I have no doubt that I'm going to open that uni door, begin unpacking and find that I've left a life time's worth of things behind. There is just too much to remember for someone not to leave something behind. But, I'll smile, because at 18 years old I've uprooted and finally made it to London (and in one piece might I add).

Is there anything in particular that you'd like me to talk about with regards to moving to London?
What's one item you would have to take with you if you moved abroad?

Till next time-
Steph

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  1. That's super exciting and nerve wracking, I suppose. I can't wait to see how your room will look, I'm sure you'll do a wonderful job at decorating it. Also, try to stay calm during all this. I know it might be overwhelming but I'm sure you'll do great and will have a wonderful time in London! :) x

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

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    1. I'm very excited to get decorating!
      Thanks for the advice, Leta! I'm hoping when I get there and settle down, my anxieties and nervousness will ease away...but I'll keep you updated!

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  2. When I came to study in the UK I brought bed sheets from home so I wouldn't have to buy. Good quality ones may be expensive so I saved some pounds haha. And you could also take snacks that can only be found at home. When I'm home sick I have this cookies and they bring me memories. it's so cool.

    good luck !!


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    1. I'm bringing quite bit from home- because it's cheaper over here than in the UK. And, as you said, I'm going to try save a pound anywhere that I can!

      I've already made a list in my mind of all the snacks that are coming with me! I love that tastes and objects have the ability to remind us of memories!

      Thank you, Yaramel!

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  3. Ahhhh so much nervousness and excitement for you! That's such a huge move, but it's going to be SUCH an incredible life experience. One of my biggest regrets is not traveling more and living abroad when I was in college - you're doing it all so right!
    Can't wait to hear about your adventures as they unfold. You're going to be GREAT!

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    1. Thank you SO MUCH for all your support and encouragement, Susie!
      You're right; Now that I'm young is the best time to up-root and be adventurous!

      I'll update you every step of the way!

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  4. Aww S, good luck with everything!

    You're going to do great and conquer this big step in your life! You have my support forever and always. I'm only a message away. It's a huge step, and a scary one at that for nearly everyone but it's going to be a great experience and I'm sure you'll love it!

    With lots of love and support xx N

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    1. Thank you, N!

      It means a tremendous amount to know that there are people like you who support others! It gives me so much hope!

      It's going to be quite the experience indeed- hopefully, I'll have lots of stories to share!

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  5. Ahh I'm soooo excited to find out how you get on in The Big Smoke! I bet it feels a bit surreal having to pack up your whole life and move to a totally different country - I can't even imagine. It's such a massive step that not many people are brave enough to take, so I'm really looking forward to all your future updates.

    Olivia - The Northernist x

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    1. Thanks, Olivia!
      I'm really looking forward to sharing how I'm fending for myself. Packing your life up really makes you realise what is actually important!

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  6. What's your living situation going to be like in London? Will you be in a dorm or an apartment? Will you have a roommate?

    Two suggestions for things to pack - your pillow (it's nice to have a comfortable pillow to sleep on especially when you are in a different bed) and your favorite snack that you can't buy in London.

    I'm so excited for you!

    xo

    Bobbi
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    1. I'm going to be living in student halls. It's made up of several buildings. My building has 4 floors, each with a flat. My flat has 5 housemates (and only 2 bathrooms...). So, I guess me and 4 other strangers are going to become VERY WELL acquainted!

      Thanks for the packing advice! I'm definitely taking my favourite pillow with me! My favourite snacks are coming with me too. Unfortunately, some of my favourite SA goodies have to be refrigerated so they won't be able to survive the flight which means they can't come with me...but, whatever I CAN take is coming along!

      Thanks for the suggestions, Bobbi!

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  7. must be very tiring to be packing everything! But why are you bringing all these stuff from home? is very different the price? Carrying all these suitcases in the airport will be a nightmare!
    I wish you good luck with these experience!

    This september I'm moving too, but "just" 140 km from home and I'm exausted before moving! hahahah Even it's technically more easy (I had lived on shared flats, I've been here on vacations a lot of times, my boyfriend lives here, I could visit my parents every weekend...) I don't know yet where I will live and here is more difficult to find a shared flat (also, here they are more expensive) and I also want to find a decent job (for the moment I'm cleaning luxury houses and men, this is not my dreamed job! hahahah)

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    1. I started packing back in May, so it hasn't actually been as much of a stress as I imagined!
      Yeah, the price is vastly different. In South Africa, our currency is called the Rand. It is a very weak currency compared to the British Pound. So, it makes more sense to buy things here. Oh goodness! The airport bit may be a bit of a struggle!

      Even 140km is a lot! No matter the distance, it's a move! Ah, at least you're close to people you know there and you're familiar with the place! And, you can visit your parents once a week!

      Good luck with the job hunting! Keep me updated, C!

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  8. What an exciting time for you, I hope you love London, it is such an amazing city :)

    Rosy | Sparkles of Light Blog
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    1. It's an exciting time indeed!

      Thanks Rosy! I'm looking forward to experiencing all that London has to offer!

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  9. This is so exciting!!! I was born in Chicago but my step-dad is British so when my mom remarried we all moved to England when I was about 6 years old. I lived there until I was about 12 so I have such a deep love for England - it will always feel like home! SO so excited for you! Enjoy every single second.

    xo, Allie

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    1. That's interesting, Allie! How often do you manage to go back to England?

      Thank you for your support! I hope I come to love England as much as you do!

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  10. This must be a really exciting time. Good luck with moving to London! I'm from Manchester and I absolutely love London, I'm sure it'll be great living there

    Erin xx
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    1. Thank you, Erin!
      I'd love to visit Manchester sometime. I've heard a lot about the city!

      I'm looking forward to setting up my life in a new city, country and continent!

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  11. You are very brave and remind me so much of my younger self. I move outside the country and did lots of traveling alone too. Its super exciting! Enjoy it.

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    1. I think now that I'm young is the perfect time to move.
      Wow! Travelling the world alone takes a lot of bravery! I'm not sure if that's something that I could do!

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  12. Thats Amazing! Stay calm, it will sure be a nice time in London. :-)

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    1. Thank you, Michelle!
      I'll keep you updated!

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  13. Good luck on everything! Can't wait to see how your room turns out x

    Reine | Sincerely Reine

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    1. Thanks, Reine!
      That makes two of us!

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  14. Oh how exciting! It'll be scary but the biggest adventures in life always are. London is dirty, expensive and overwhelming but it's also wonderful - you will love it (and also, south>north but that's just my biased opinion haha) x

    What Josie Did Next

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    1. I like that; Life's biggest adventures are often the scariest'.
      Haha, good thing I'm in the South then!

      Thanks Josie!

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  15. This is soooo exciting but equally nerve wracking! I admire you so much for doing this. I live just outside of london and can tell you straight away that you won't regret moving here, it's the most beautiful city! <3

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    1. Your love for London is inspiring!
      I'm so excited to explore all that it has to offer!

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  16. Good luck! :)


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  17. Good luck at university! And make the most out of being in London, you're gonna love it there xx

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    1. Thank you! I really hope I make the most of London!
      I really appreciate you stoping by to leave me a comment!

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  18. Girl I feel you! I'm moving abroad, to Scotland today from Slovenia! Have fun and good luck!

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    1. AHHHHH!
      How exciting!
      I hope you've arrived safely and that you're settling in well!
      If you ever need a friend who knows what you're going through-I'm here.

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  19. I'm currently studying abroad in Australia from the U.S. If you need anything at all, feel free to contact me! www.rileyedixon.com | Riley

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    1. Wow! That's really on the opposite side of the world.
      Thank you for your support, Riley!

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  20. And I thought it was going to be difficult for me moving an hour away to go to uni in September 0.0 but this does sound totally nerve wrecking and exciting at the same time, all the best of luck to you x
    Sophie's Spot

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    1. An hour away is still away from home.
      Thank you, Sophie! It's nerve-wreckingly exciting!
      Good luck with your move! I hope it goes well and that you settle in nicely!

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  21. Good luck with it all! xx

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