The Week When I Moved to London


So, it happened! I now live in London, England. I know, I can't believe it either. I've been trying to figure my new life out during the past week, hence no new blog posts. I'm not sure when I'll be back to regular posting to be completely honest. There's a huge change in my lifestyle I still need to adjust to, the tripods for studio lights haven't arrived yet and the wi-fi up in my room is behaving like a total brat, meaning it works for two minutes and then disconnects. Not ideal circumstances for blogging, but hey, what can you do. I'm not disappearing from the blogosphere just yet, I just need a few extra weeks to sort everything out and get organized again.

Since I missed last week's Sunday post, I'm taking you two weeks back now. My second to last week wasn't too eventful. I filmed a few videos, went to play golf (lol), had a few farewell visits, and most importantly, tried to pack my life into one suitcase and one giant carry-on. Surprisingly, I managed to fit a lot more stuff into my luggage that I'd originally thought, but my family will still have to send me some random bits and pieces I left behind via post. The box should be shipped off tomorrow.

My friends and family had been asking me for weeks about the level of nervousness I was experiencing due to the move, but to be honest, I only had to deal with it on the day of departure. Sure, I was stressing out as far as packing goes. Packing for a move abroad is way different from packing for a quick trip aborad. But the actual move didn't seem like such a big deal to me up until Saturday, when my stomach started turning once my brain processed than I'm moving 1300 km away from the place I've been living ever since I was born. And when I remembered I'd have to carry my studio lights with me on the plane and probably deal with the strict airport security, which, by the way, I did. They scanned my carry-on three times, gave me some weird looks and asked me why the heck I was carrying so much technology with me. Well, technology is my life? Lol. The studio lights were the items that threw them off, as expected, but once I explained to them what the mysterious looking boxes are, they let me through without any trouble. If I ever need to carry them back home, they're going via post. Just in case.

Ok, sorry for getting sidetracked again. Back to the main topic. As I have said, I wasn't as nervous as one would expect, but I did end up getting a little bit emotional thanks to my mom. You see, she cried at the airport and when I see other people cry, I cry too. I even cry when I watch the x-factor. Yes, really. Every single time. I'm the worst. So, of course, when my mom cried, my eyes got all teary and there were tears flowing down my face throughout the whole freakin' plane ride. Thanks mom. People around me probably thought I was mental. Thank god there were just tears and no sobbing noises. Upon the touchdown, though, it was like somebody pressed my button and I was completely fine again. Maybe I am a little weird...

Then came the 'meet the family' part. In case you're new to my blog and are feeling slightly confused right now, I moved to England to work as an au pair, mainly to make the transition a bit easier and not stress about finding an apartment and a job straight away. Anyway, the 'meet the family' part went great. They were super welcoming and lovely, and I wasn't feeling homesick at all. The fact that they're also from Slovenia made the situation a bit easier, I think. I arrived on Saturday, so I had a day and a half to get to know them before my first week of work. On Sunday, I went to get a new SIM card along with my new UK phone number and made a trip to Boots to buy some toiletries, so I had all the urgent things on my list sorted out and felt ready for the week ahead.

Monday was when things got hard. I had to get the kids to school and the youngest was just not having it. He didn't want to get dressed, go to school, communicate with me, he was hitting me and his sister... It was awful. And the worst thing was that this was happening every single day up until Friday. I was mentally exhausted and one day even experienced a panic attack once I came back to the house after finally dropping him off. I felt completely incompetent, had a total breakdown and cried to my mom on the phone for an hour. It was so bad that I considered buying a plane ticket and going home. Thankfully, my mom calmed me down and explained to me that it is totally normal for children that age behaving like that, told me to not take it personally and to remind myself I'm actually paid to deal with their behaviour, and said to me that the situation I'm in is only temporary, because this is not the job I'll have to be doing until the rest of my life, which is true. Nine months from now, I'll be able to go on a hunt for my own little place and a new, hopefully more serious and suitable job for me. Or just go back home. You never know, haha.

Having said all that, Friday was a total bliss. Both children were wonderful, everything went according to plan without any stress and I even got to meet some moms from the school the kids are going to. I know, hanging out with the moms sounds a bit silly, but they were all so lovely and when they shared the stories about their children, I realized that they're all the same and it's not just me who has to deal with the tantrums. For some reason, this really calmed me down and I'm no longer as nervous about the whole situation as I was last week. I'm feeling hopeful about the following weeks and keeping my fingers crossed for the little one to get used to me and start behaving like a total angel. I know, a little too optimistic, but you know what I mean.

Au pair work aside, I'm truly enjoying my new life in England. I haven't made any friends yet, but I've been exploring the surrounding area with a camera around my neck and I have to say, I'm totally smitten. The parks around here are beautiful and feel more like countryside, I have all the shops I'd ever wanted to shop at ten minutes away from me, and the riverside is perfect for taking long de-stressing walks. But more on than later. I think this post will be way too long as it is, so I'll leave the details for my upcoming posts. However, if you're impatient and want to see what I've been up to or get a sneak peak of my new hometown, you're always welcome to check out my instagram. Until next time. 

15 comments :

  1. sounds like quite the journey you've had already!

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  2. i'm so happy for you :))
    and that story about cranky children reminds me of that movie when 4 kids get a new nanny that was a military cadet or something and they are doing all kinds of pranks on him but in the end they start liking him and he marries their mom haha

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    1. Haha, I know this movie! Well, I'm definitely not marrying anyone, that's for sure, but I do hope kids will start behaving. :D

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  3. No super, da se stanje izboljšuje. Je pa čisto normalno, da se morajo otroci tudi navaditi na novo situacijo, zato te je pa verjetno preizkušal in ti povzročal težave.
    Držim pesti, da bo od zdaj naprej vse super :)

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    1. Hvala Sanja! Tudi jaz upam, da ne bo večjih problemov. :D

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  4. Welcome to England! I lived in London on my own last year and loved it, I'm hoping to return next Summer! If you ever need any advice I'm always on hand :) xx

    Lipgloss & Lashes

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  5. Yayyy welcome to the UK! I've never visited London and I'm not sure why because I can easily get a train down from where I live in Scotland. Hope everything goes well for you with this new job and the move :)

    Holly / holly la beau

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  6. Uu, ti si se tudi preselila. Super! ((:
    Držim pesti, da bo vse okej in da ti bo vedno lažje (:

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  7. Haha, k sm to brala, je še meni na jok šlo, še posebej tam ko si govorila z mamo, pa te je pomirila. :)
    Upam, da bo šlo delo naprej lažje. Prav vesela sem zate! :) if only I had the guts to do something like this. :)

    xx, Kaja

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  8. Hope you're settling in well! What a huge step you've taken. I can't wait to see some posts of the around the city. I'm visiting London on the 29th of this month and I can't wait! :)

    lovefrombethan.blogspot.co.uk

    xox

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  9. Best of luck with your new job and your new home, I hope you settle in and I'm sure once the kids get to know you a little more that they will love you. I think you're really brave for making the move, I hope it brings you lots of happiness x

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  10. Oh, uživaj v "novem življenju"! :) Itak se je treba na vse privaditi, enako se morajo tud otroci na tebe, ampak bo bolje! :)
    Jaz sem šla letos prvič v London in se mi je bilo prav težko vrnit domov po enem tednu, zato še raje spremljam tvoje fotke na instagramu. :)

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