For as long as I can remember, I have always dreamed of living in a foreign city – foreign to me, and not necessarily of a different language. First I have dreamed of ‘making it’ in New York City, on the little island called Manhattan that never slept. Then it was the dream of living in Paris, eating macarons, drinking lattes, and writing by a little window whose view showed off the Eiffel Tower. After visiting Amsterdam I dreamed of living in a narrow little first-floor flat, minimal in design, with floor-to-ceiling windows that opened completely onto a canal, with little brick streets and a bicycle parked at my door.
Now it’s London that’s calling me.
I have always been a bit of a dreamer, these dreams were always generally out of reach, unattainable, and yet J seemingly makes all my dreams come true – is it any wonder that I’m in love with him? J is also a dreamer, but he knows how to make them happen, some how, and it is thanks to him that we are moving to London within the year.
It was an easy decision to make, London has good schools, it is English-speaking, and J can easily find work there, he has already made contacts, he is already planning out our future there. We are visiting London in early June and I simply cannot wait!
I’ve been doing a lot of research into where to live, what areas are nice, and what’s affordable - and although I haven’t quite figured it out, I do believe I enjoy the East side of the city, in terms of both affordability and that it seems to be our kind of neighborhood.
Hoxton Square, to be specific. From what I have found, it seems to be a hip, urban area, a little rough, a little industrial, and totally to our modern tastes. Unfortunately, it’s also a rather trendy neighborhood, and subsequently, I am looking even further east to find a place to live.
It seems a little funny deciding on a place to live, or even moving to a city, where one has never been before. But I have no doubt in my heart that we will love it in London, I have a great feeling about this, a very positive feeling. I have no concerns or doubts about whether or not this is a good idea – because it definitely is.
I would love to know from anyone out there, where would a good place be to move to London, that’s not overly expensive but still nice enough for a child, with a good school and a neighborhood close by with shops and restaurants? We are definitely leaning more to the East, but we will know more once we get there.
Where do YOU think I should move?