Can you believe it's been 3 weeks since I arrived in London?!? Whoa! There's been nothing but excitement, exploring, and meeting new people.
I could talk for a while about everything I've done, but I wanted to take a moment to explore some differences I've noticed.
Aside from being crammed into a small space during "rush hour," London's public transit is pretty nice! It's definitely a nice change after living in cities where public transit was not a viable option. I guess Indianapolis and Purdue relied on people taking what little public transit they had, walking, or having a car to get yourself around.
I already love the fact that I don't have to drive. I can honestly say I don't miss it; Especially after some of the crazy drivers I've seen. This, coupled with the fact that everything is on the wrong side of the road, I'm glad I'm not driving. Not to mention the money I'm saving on insurance, gas, and congestion tax (who knew that was a thing).
I digress... Getting around is very easy.
Meals, Cooking, and Grocery
Back in the States, the hassle of going to the grocery store, buying food for a week, and not eating all that food (and subsequently have to throw it out) was not a process I liked. In fact, I did it rarely during my last 6 months there. I was lazy to put it lightly.
In London, I'm a completely different person when it comes to this, and I feel a few factors contribute to this. First, public transit is pretty easy to manage. No more 15-20 min car rides to get stuff. Second, there are grocery stores everywhere. I can walk five minutes in any direction and find one. Lastly, everything is so damn expensive. Eating out is not viable for me at the moment, as I'm trying to save money while I get on my feet.
Let's explore the expensive part a little more. My roommate and I will usually get food on the way back from work, and it will total around £8. We make some killer food by the way. Whereas if I went out to eat I would spend no less than around £15-£20 for myself, not including the obligatory pint. When you total that up for the week, I've just saved around £65. Not too shaby.
£2 for tomatoes, £2 for rice, £4 for chicken
Lastly, the grocery stores are very different. Gone are the superstores of the US. I can no longer find everything I need in once place. Surprisingly enough, it's a welcomed change.
There are no dryers!!!! What is going on? What are these clothes racks you have to use? I'm joking, but coming from the US where everyone, and their mother, has a washer AND dryer it was a little bit of a shock.
Laundry now takes a couple days, depending on how long my clothes take to dry. I also have to iron most of my nicer shirts. Boy will I get good at ironing soon. Right now a shirt takes me 10-15 min. Hopefully I'll get better!
It's actually not too bad, just consumes more time than I've been used to.
Like it very much. It's very different, but I've recently started to enjoyed being outside my comfort zone. Can't wait to see what the future holds.
Until next time...