I’ve two thrilling items of reports as we speak. First, I’m celebrating 15 years of residing in London. Second, I’ve a giant announcement to make. An enormous one, in actual fact. You’re going to need to learn it. Scroll down for the information.
15-Yr Anniversary of Residing in London
I’ll begin with the anniversary. It’s exhausting to imagine I’ve been residing in London for a decade and a half. In some ways it appears like I simply arrived. That stated, after I suppose again on my early days within the metropolis it appears like a very long time has passed by.
Talking of these days, after I first received to London I assumed I might solely be right here for 2 years. I noticed my time within the UK as a enjoyable break from “actual life” again in San Francisco.
I wished to see as a lot of the UK and Europe as I might, and I spent most of my weekends making that occur. From day journeys to multi-day getaways, I crisscrossed Britain and the continent to take all of it in.
I threw in journeys to far-flung locations, too. Madagascar, South Africa, Namibia, Australia, New Zealand, Colombia, Sri Lanka, and plenty of different nations stamped my passport in my early years in London.
However 2 years later I felt like there have been nonetheless so many issues to do in London and round Europe that I didn’t need to depart.
The A Girl in London weblog was additionally at some extent the place I used to be able to stop my day job and switch it right into a enterprise. The mix of these issues led me to renew my visa for an additional 3 years and decide to residing in London long-term.
At 5 years I received Indefinite Go away to Stay within the UK, and at six I received UK citizenship.
With my new British passport in hand, I had the chance to remain in the UK for so long as I needed.
The next years have passed by unbelievably rapidly. The A Girl in London weblog has grown to develop into one of many prime journey blogs within the UK, I purchased a flat in London, and I’ve traveled to 100 nations (and past…I’m at 112 now!).
In brief, I’ve lived a life I by no means imagined again after I was an analyst at a hedge fund in California.
It’s been an awesome journey.
I’ve grown more and more homesick over time. I’ve all the time felt like I had one foot on both aspect of the Atlantic Ocean, however not having the ability to go dwelling for 2 years throughout lockdown made me notice simply how valuable California was to me.
After I was lastly in a position to return to San Francisco a 12 months in the past, I made a decision I wished to make some extent of returning extra usually.
So I went again once more in December. And once more in April. And once more this month. I had such time I began to marvel if I wished to maneuver again. I additionally met a man on the market, which helped nudge me in that course.
However how might I presumably depart London? My buddies have been right here, my flat was right here, and my enterprise was right here. My entire life was right here.
Then an concept struck me: why select? Why not do each?
So I made a plan. I made a decision to do one thing I’ve all the time talked about doing however by no means had the braveness to do.
I made a decision to start out splitting my time between London and San Francisco. However that’s not all.
I additionally launched a second weblog known as California Wayfaring. In contrast to A Girl in London, which is about journey everywhere in the world, this weblog is about only one place.
It covers nice escapes within the Golden State, and it has a give attention to all issues city, nature, and meals.
When you’re interested by California journey, I’d love so that you can go to, subscribe, and observe me on social media (Instagram, Fb, YouTube, Pinterest, TikTok, Twitter). When you’re not, I guess you understand somebody who’s. I’d love so that you can inform them about it.
I’ve been working exhausting on it, and I’d admire any help you’d be keen to offer now that I’ve formally introduced the launch.
So what does all this imply for the A Girl in London weblog? It’s nonetheless going to be the identical because it all the time has been. You’ll proceed to get one of the best of beautiful London and exquisite journey right here and on my social media channels and e-newsletter.
I’m enthusiastic about this new chapter, and I need to thanks for all of your help alongside the best way. The A Girl in London weblog wouldn’t be the place it’s with out you, and I admire all you’ve finished for it over the past 15 years.
Right here’s to the subsequent 15 and all of the thrilling issues they’ll carry!
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