London Monthiversary

I’ve been living in London for a month now! Can you believe it? I sure can’t. And even though I’ve been here a WHOPPING 31 days (lol), each day there are still things that make me ask myself the all-encompassing question: “what is my life?” Don’t worry, I am by no means in London as part of an existential mission to uncover the meaning of life or anything. Here are some examples of things I’ve done in the past couple weeks to show you what I mean by “what is my life?”:

1. Saw Ed Sheeran in concert at the FREAKING O2 ARENA.IMG_3167

As you can probably tell from the background, this pic was taken during “Lego House.”

Holy shit. He is mindblowingly amazing live. He is also living proof that male gingers can totally rap. Definitely husband material 😉

2. Went on a day trip to Windsor, Stonehenge and Oxford.

Windsor = The Queen’s Hau5.

Stonehenge = Those cool-looking rocks you’ve probably seen in a million photos but don’t actually know the name of.

Oxford = A city with the most majestic university, which is featured in many Harry Potter scenes.

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3. Spontaneously booked a trip to Glasgow next weekend.

Just a casual trip to Scotland, ya know, bc why not? It’s literally quicker and cheaper than the train from Toronto to Kingston, just to give you some perspective.

4. Ordered tickets to the BBC Radio 1 Music Awards.

Performers will include One Direction, Ed Sheeran, Coldplay, Calvin Harris, and Clean Bandit. Fucking pumped is an understatement.

So yeah, basically, WHAT THE BLOODY HELL IS MY LIFE?

In Other News…

After a month of living in a hostel where barely anyone speaks English, and a month of miserably searching for a flat, I have finally found one!!! It’s in Camden Town and I will be living with a British guy and a French girl. Moving in 2 weeks wooohooo!

Tomorrow I’m going to a Britbound Halloween boat party which should be ridiculously cray cray and hilarious. Hoping the combination of alcohol consumption and being on the actual Thames doesn’t cause me to puke over the side of the boat (although that would make quite the story).

A Funny Story:

So since I’ve started staying in Notting Hill, a few tourists have approached me asking for directions to Hugh Grant’s bookshop from Notting Hill. I sort of inherently judged them for seeking out a bookshop from a 15-year-old fictional movie. However, yesterday, during a nice evening stroll through the Portobello Market, I stumbled upon the shop which the film was based on! My humblest apologies to the tourists.

Transport Troubles

Today I took a bus for half an hour in the wrong direction. Lol WHOOPS.

And on a somewhat related note, here is a link to my latest BuzzFeed article, which hopefully will help you comprehend the horrors of the London Underground: http://www.buzzfeed.com/bethanyo465891d03/19-daily-struggles-of-riding-the-tube-wi1h

Until next post!

2 Weeks Later

Well, I’ve been in London for just over two weeks and the amount of stuff that has happened is CRAY CRAY! It pretty much feels like I’ve been here for months. Here are some of the highlights and lowlights from Bethany’s UKrazy adventure thus far:

LIVING ARRANGEMENTS:

Welp, I still haven’t found a flat. Flat-hunting has proven to be Mission practically Impossible. So, if you’re wondering where on earth I’m staying, I’m staying in a hostel/residence-ish accommodation in Notting Hill. Before you ooh and ahh over the whole Notting Hill thing, let me just tell you that the conditions of the accommodation contrast profoundly with the surrounding luxuriousness of the neighbourhood. I don’t know how much longer I can go on sharing toilets/showers with 30 other people (most of whom don’t speak English lol). But whatevs, Notting Hill is a lovely central area so that’s good. For anyone who hasn’t seen the movie “Notting Hill,” go watch it NOW!

JOB:

I have a job wooooo!!! I’m working for a company called Off To Work, which staffs high profile events throughout London. Some locations include the O2, the V&A museum, and even Buckingham freaking Palace!! So far, I have worked at a wedding, a conference meeting, and the renowned Dorchester Hotel. If there’s anything I’ve learned from my job so far, it’s that high heels can make even the most simple of jobs (ie: literally walking around filling people’s glasses with wine all day) UTTERLY UNBEARABLE. Yup, the Dorchester makes female staff wear heels. High heels are evil objects. Seriously.

WORK HORROR STORY:

First day on the job at The Dorchester, I’m designated to serve champagne to guests on these fancy, heavy-ass trays. I’m doing a fine job and I’m feeling super proud of myself that I haven’t spilled or broken any glasses. And just when I’m thinking “hey, this isn’t so bad!” the wine waiter beside me knocks over a glass of champagne on my tray, triggering a lovely domino effect. So naturally, every glass of champagne on my tray either falls onto the floor and shatters, or spills onto my spiffy Dorchester uniform. Literally fml. But despite the fact that I am drenched in expensive champagne, I have to keep [fake] smiling and pretend that everything is a-ok! Dat hospitality life doe.

SIGHTSEEING:

On a more optimistic note, I got to cross one item off my bucket list so far: going inside Buckingham Palace. And let me tell you, it’s bloody *GORGEOUS*. In addition to the overwhelmingly beautiful rooms, corridors, and gardens, there was a whole exhibit on the childhoods of the members of the Royal Family. Nothing like Queen Elizabeth baby videos! So adorbs. But I have to say, I was a little disappointed in the lack of Prince Harry baby pics 😦

Haven’t had much time to do any other sightseeing as my days are generally consumed by looking for a flat. But it’s pretty cool to be able to walk to work and be like “Oh look, it’s Big Ben. NBD.”

PARTY TIME:

Although going out has not been my top priority these first two weeks since I don’t have an actual permanent home, I still have managed to party a little bit. Britbound, the program I’m doing, organizes nights out every week which are sewww much fun!! But drunkenly finding your way home on the tube/bus afterwards ain’t much fun.

SHOPPING:

Naturally, I have rekindled my love for Primark and have spent nuff time in that store. They just have everything a girl could ever need! But be warned: Never go to Primark on the weekend unless you want to become a person that hates people.

To sum it all up, I am totally loving London!!!

That’s about all I have to say for now, folks! Keep tuning in to my blog to see what else will transpire on my UKrazy Adventure. Also, check out my latest BuzzFeed article to get a taste of what it’s like to move to London: http://www.buzzfeed.com/bethanyo465891d03/18-things-that-inevitably-happen-when-you-first-mo-wi1h 

P.S. There is going to be a 48 hour tube strike next week. Pray 4 me -_- 

Departure Day

After months of dreaming, planning, and researching, and freaking the f–k out, tonight I finally embark on my UKrazy adventure!!! SO, since I’m moving to a new country, naturally, there is a bucket list in the works.

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UK BUCKET LIST THUS FAR:

  1. Discover the world’s best fish and chips shop
  2. Order something in a British accent and convince them that I’m actually British
  3. Attend Wimbledon
  4. Drive on the left side of the road
  5. Go inside Buckingham Palace
  6. Go to a music festival
  7. Meet One Direction
  8. Ride the Hogwarts Express
  9. Get serenaded by Sam Smith
  10. Meet my future husband (see #7)
  11. See a Shakespearean play at the Globe Theatre
  12. Visit Downton Abbey
  13. Run into Ed Sheeran and bond over the fact that we are both gingers
  14. Same as #13 but with Prince Harry
  15. Do the Harry Potter Studio Tour

Ok, so perhaps some goals are more realistic than others, but hey, a girl can dream!

To be continued…