Living in the UK

Starting to feel at home

Starting to feel at home March 8, 20202 Comments

This is the story of my mission to find new experiences and explore places near and far from me. Along the way I will be trying to find some really good chocolate cake. And of course seek out the meaning of...well...everything

feeling at home in front of a fire

The last few months have been very busy but I am finally starting to feel at home.  This week is the first one for ages where I have started think of new ideas for posts.  Things that focus on the life I am building here in Britain.

The last few weeks have been very busy and demanding.  Well moving to another country and starting a new job is not a trivial thing.  I have lived in the UK before so some things were easier but there was still a lot to deal with and things to figure out.

A key challenge is figuring out how to get around.  In the past I had a car but right now I am trying to manage without one.  Fortunately these days there are loads of apps information on how to get around.  There are app for map and apps for public transport.  Of course here there are numerous public transport providers so there is a challenge figuring out which apps to download and what type of ticket to buy.  It turns out that the local council provides a ‘pay as you go’ card which can be used on most transport providers.  This should be a nice easy solution.  Right?

I guess there is a clue in the fact that it is run by the local council.  So there are a machines which you can use to load your card but there are only a few around.  Also it seems like they don’t work very often.  Once I had a better idea of my plans I decided to get a season ticket.  Of course the only place to get one is in town but of course that office is only open for a few hours on a Saturday and closes early during the week.

So while there is a lot going on I am finally starting to feel at home.  So no doubt there will be more posts to follow about the amusing challenges of trying to settle in a new city.

Image by Jill Wellington from Pixabay