Sunday, October 11, 2015

When Moving To A New Country - Part One.

It has been two weeks and some extra change since I picked up all I knew and started my new life here in the UK. It has been an interesting experience, and I feel like I am already learning so much about myself and my surroundings.

Here are my observations thus far...

No. 1 - No matter who you are, you're gonna need people when moving to a new country.

Anyone who knows me, knows that I don't make friends very easily... I am not the warmest or friendliest of people and socialising doesn't come naturally for me, and I am quite happy with just being on my own without anyone around me.

I moved under a little bit of a false illusion that I wouldn't need anyone here. I would be fine just taking time to myself and not really having anyone around me. I was wrong... Moving and starting a new life for yourself is difficult and it's even more difficult without a support system in place. Everyone from my work has been absolutely lovely and have helped the transition massively, however; when you've left your best friends and family behind - it's natural to start missing them and feeling a longing to have a base.

I can't really give any advice on this one as I am still in the middle of this struggle... However; I have been trying to surround myself with the few people who I do know (to build stronger relationships) and tried to keep myself busy with hobbies, writing and getting used to my surroundings (long walks are helpful). Also - Skype is brilliant.

No. 2 - Things don't happen overnight.

I'm quite an impatient person sometimes... So having to wait one month to get an interview for a National Insurance number is not something that makes me too happy. It will take a while for you to get settled and take care of everything. It will be a few months before you have really integrated and you can relax, until then; just do your best to get a routine in place.

No. 3 -  It's important to make places your own.

Aside from just needing people in your life when moving to a new country, it's important to find local places where you can spend your time and feel more at home. It's easy to run from one place to another because everything is new but actually; it's important to find places to nest in, because otherwise it CAN take a little while longer to fully feel at home...

My new second home is The Bakery in Royal William Yard... You can find me there if I'm not at home. Well... There or Lidl (but supermarkets don't count).

Obviously all of these points differ depending on your personality, but it's just what I have found and hopefully it was at least slightly helpful.

x Veevley


  1. Your outlook is incredibly positive and I commend your strength in moving away from all that is home, friends and comfort. All of your points are absolute truth and all I can tell you, from my own experience of starting new life, with finding people and beauracracy and long distance nonsense-ance, the whole nine, is don't despair!! No matter what! You will thrive if you continue the way you are.. Brilliant of course :)