Why We Want to be Expats in London

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Being an expat abroad seems to be on the top of my bucket list these days. It just seems so incredibly glamorous. And what city is at the top of our list? London. And while getting there can be a bit difficult for us, right now we’re just going to be happy about staying for an extended stay. We would love to be expats in London.

At first I had mixed feelings about how big it was, how weird… or just over all how different it was than my life in another country. After we left, it was all that I could think about. It was on my mind 24/7 and I couldn’t help but blab my mouth about how great the city was and how they have so many things to do there.

So here is a small list of all the things I love about London and why you should spend copious amounts of time there:

  • The Tube: While this can be a source of frustration, I’ve never been so impressed with the public transportation options in my life. Living in Austin has made me realize how amazing the London Underground has been and it would make moving around the city easy (albeit a bit pricey).
  • The cost of food: After walking into Tesco, you couldn’t imagine what a surprise it was when we learned that the United States was ripping us off on a basic human right – food. I still can’t get over it. Cherry tomatoes are £1? We’re used to paying $4-5!
  • The culture: The Natural History Museum, the Tate Modern, and loads of other museums are FREE! Not to mention all major bands and exhibitions make sure to hit the area. You will never run out of things to do.
  • The access of information: Did you know that the newspaper and Time Out are FREE?! In the time of free digital information, they have moved on and done something forward thinking… FREE.
  • And believe it or not… the FOOD: Sure we’re fans of fish and chips but I’m talking straight ethnic. Head on over to Kingsland Road and you have authentic, cheap ethnic food at your disposal (and I’m talking OODLES OF NOODLES!).

We’re thinking long and hard about how we would be able to get jobs over there so we could live there legally and for an extended period of time. Until then we’ll just have happy dreams of the Queens Jubilee and cheap public bikes to get you around town. (Seriously, I think we have the London bug.)

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