I’M AN EXPAT NOW

on September 10, 2015

Guess what? I MOVED TO ENGLAND! 

me and world’s largest backpack, moving to england

Surprise (maybe)! After I (finally) got my visa, I still didn’t tell most people I was moving to England, partly because it seemed unreal and partly because the whole visa application process has put me in the lasting mindset, which is “something could still go wrong.”

sunset view from my room on the first night

So while I’m trying to shake that mindset and settle into this new country, it’s been a bit difficult to with all the nasty paperwork and thousands of little errands that go into moving overseas. But the dust is finally settling! I have a phone, a bank account, food in my fridge, sheets on my bed, a handle on the bus system, and a residence permit. All good right?!?

 So what happens to this little blog now? While I’m really not interested in plastering myself all over the internet, I am hoping to make it a bit more personal for my family and friends to keep in touch with my adventures ~across the pond~. I’m also hoping that this will inspire me to actually take advantage of my amazing location rather than hiding in my house working and watching Netflix all the time.


You can look forward to glamorous topics such as “What to Do When All Your Grocery Bags Rip a Mile From Your Home and You’re All Alone With No  Taxi Money,” or another fan favorite, “How to Open a Foreign Bank Account Without Crying,” or finally, “That Time I Punched a British Person in the Face For Handing me More Paperwork.” That last one hasn’t happened yet but let’s give it time!

a wonky panorama of the royal parade – i apologize to everyone involved

Now is the time for a picture montage. People keep looking at me strangely for taking pictures all over the place but I’m not sure I’ll ever stop feeling like a tourist here. Anywhere, here are some snaps from my first walk around Plymouth with my housemate (the only one I’ve met so far).

tinside lido – a swimming pool that fills up with seawater during high tide

we accidentally crashed this navy ceremony just happening in the middle of the road


WHY ARE THERE PALM TREES THIS IS ENGLAND

I also discovered a store with an “American Food” aisle, which cracks me up.


wait what?

 My course started this week – it’s actually on a different campus so I take a bus to class. The building most of my classes are in is interesting because it houses healthcare profession students from two different universities, and has facilities for undergrads, masters, and PhD students all in one. It’s quite a vibrant place!


 I managed to do some more exploring down by the Hoe and Barbican, as well as found myself my dream yoga studio downtown!

gardens on campus

smeaton’s lighthouse on the hoe




a famous hotel by the hoe

the walk home by the train station in the evening

I hope this gave you some insight into my life (if you are my grandma and/or friend) but not too much (in case you are some scary internet person). You can expect some more posts from me soon, as well as some posts on my recent trip to Oregon and Washington which seems like years ago now!

Sarah xx

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