Take time to be a tourist in London

Tourists, for some unknown reason that baffles me, are rarely seen in a favourable light. When a friend of mine refuses to cross the street if the lights are red, I roll my eyes and cal her ‘such a tourist’. Us ‘real’ Londoners know the right time to cross the street without having to wait…

We finally made it!

We started this blog with a strong belief that every day we will drink our Starbucks (not coffee, but Starbucks) overlooking the Thames. But then life interfered and we discovered that this was just a sweet dream. However, we are not betraying our love. We just settled for a more economic, time efficient way of…

Bethnal Green Vintage Fair

Every Sunday is important – it’s the greatest day of the week. I don’t go out, I don’t clean, I don’t cook – I just do nothing, in prepration for the upcoming workweek. But I saw on the overground that there’s a vintage fair this weekend, and decided to tell a friend who loves all…

10 ways London changed me

I never dreamed I would live in London – I always thought I’d stay in Birmingham. I mean, how can I aspire to live in London? It seems like an unreachable dream – too expensive, too crowded, and with few jobs. However,  here I am! I’ve been living here since September and I’ve noticed that…

Freezing in London vs Sweating in Bucharest

Conversation with my mom , 30 Mom: ‘I’m so happy. It’s finally warming up outside’. Me: ‘Really? Here it’s freezing’ Mom: ‘Oh, poor you. Today the maximum temperature was -10ºC. I even left my winter coat at home and I didn’t freeze.’ I was shocked. What I meant by ‘freezing in London’ was that my…

Having one single passion is hard

I’m sure you all know the age-old question ‘What do you want to be when you grow up’? I never knew – I remember at one point answering ‘a vet’, but don’t we all go through that phase? The first big and complicated decision I had to make was when, for secondary school (around the…

Giving up on love

Dear Tfl, Do you remember my sweet love letter to you? Please forget everything as I am trying to do now. I know, it’s painful, but this relationship is not working. In this relationship, dear Tfl, we should be equal, we should invest time and effort and you are not doing that. I’m disappointed Tfl….

London is not like in the movies

…except if you live in London. And I mean Zone 1. But not too on the edge of Zone 1. I am one of those ‘weird’ cases – I live fairly close to the City, but I work outside it, in the south, in Croydon. And I don’t get to see London as much as I’d…

Unexpected Changes

I’ve been working for three months already – three months! Time really does fly, doesn’t it? And I’ve gone through lots of changes during this time. Little changes that you’d never think would happen, or changes that you have no control over. Food Gone are the days when I took homemade food to work. I cooked…

My special lover

There were so many adventures, failures and successes since my last post, that I cannot even count them. Let’s just say that the last month was the peak of my year, the cherry on the cake and the last drop that filled the glass. Since my last post, I received my first salary, I spent…