Man, it's tough swapping an old life for new! From multiple job offers for me and multiple transfer options for Che and the epic tale that is househunting from afar it's been non-stop.
We thought we had the house side of it all down when we found and were accepted into the commune. Until we weren't. The other housemates had a friend who needed a place and insisted that John tell us we could no longer have the room. He felt really bad about it and I kept trying to reassure him it was fine, all the while freaking a little that we were effectively going to be homeless!
This all led to a last minute day trip to London to do some viewings. We met a real-life slumlord, a very vulnerable thin Greek man with a cat, and our new housemate. We had half decided that financially it would be better for Che to stay in Bath while I went to London and we long-distanced it. But when faced with the reality of being apart it was clear that we could make it work and in fact be much better off fiscally together than running separate homes. So we are going to be living with a lovely New Zealander in an adorable flat with a garden!
It's in Walthamstow, Zone 3 in London which suits our pockets and sense of adventure. It's a very "ethnic" area and a tad rough in parts but it is very up and coming and there are signs of hipsters moving in, so by the time we've saved enough for a deposit for our first mortgage we should know the area well enough to find bargains. I am so excited to explore our new area. There is a newly developed park with a state of the art outdoor gym and an art museum, the longest outdoor market in Europe, a canal network and lots of new takeaways. It's going to be such an adventure. One of my first purchases from my new paypacket is going to be a decent camera to capture it all. And a photography course to learn to use it!
After finding our new home we went for a wander down SouthBank. Southbank is amazing. It's where the BFI, National Theatre and Tate Modern are. Also, the London eye and many of the famous London bridges. It was alive with summer in the city. The Udderbelly festival was on - see the above pic and link if interested. It's a festival with comedy, music and cabaret in a giant upside-down blown up purple Cow. Of course!
Oh well-back to packing with us :)