Learning as I go

Now this isn’t meant to be a ‘life lessons’ post for anyone reading, it’s a ‘put it into perspective’ post for me. London is a big city and it will swallow you whole if you’re not careful. But your own personal outlook has a lot to do with what you can get out of it.

On being Canadian

This year I celebrated Canada Day in London, my fifth one spent abroad living as an expat. I received a lovely postcard from a friend in Ottawa just in time! It brought back great memories of the few years I spent working in the ByWard Market, where I could stroll to Parliament Hill or theContinue reading “On being Canadian”

The realities of being an expat

Everyone has their own take on what changes you should expect when you move abroad and they differ for everyone. After three months in our new city, I’ve decided it’s time for a round up of my thoughts on the matter. Every day I discover something new that makes me laugh or question the wayContinue reading “The realities of being an expat”

Top 5 tips for living out of a suitcase [in London]

Everyone has their own way of travelling or moving country – some do it in luxury others do it on a shoestring budget. We tend to go somewhere in between, opting to sleep in beds or on air mattresses as opposed to in 5-star hotel rooms or 16-bed hostel dorms. Every trip, big move andContinue reading “Top 5 tips for living out of a suitcase [in London]”

Stopping while you travel to reflect

We’ve been in London for over a month now and are getting ready to move into our new apartment. Before we wheel ourselves and our belongings to our new neighbourhood and I write about my experience living out of a suitcase, I thought I’d take a moment to pause and reflect. If you’re looking forContinue reading “Stopping while you travel to reflect”

Remembering 2014

“He is the happiest man who can set the end of his life in connection with the beginning.” – Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe 2014 was a year of firsts for me. My first move to Ireland. My first Irish job. My first visits to Germany, Scotland, Belgium, St. John’s and the Czech Republic. Followed closelyContinue reading “Remembering 2014”

One of them

When I last came through Irish Customs after my trip to Newfoundland in October, the officer took a look at my passport and residency card and said, “Ah, you’re one of us for a while.” It made me smile. It was the first cheery response I’d had during my time in Ireland so far. OtherContinue reading “One of them”

Weekend in London town

It seems we never tire of a trip across the pond to visit friends! Last month we spent a long weekend in London, catching up with our Aussie mates who were over visiting from Brisbane en route to Italy. We also caught up with our other Brisbane friends and an Irish relative who are allContinue reading “Weekend in London town”

Summer love

I have had a whirlwind of a summer! I’ve walked the cavernous rooms of the Tate Modern while discussing life in small town Ireland with our friends in London. Stumbled across a makeshift throwback to my hometown in Borough Markets, while sipping on freshly pressed watermelon juice. Wandered the streets of Dublin City South suburbsContinue reading “Summer love”