I’m still alive – I know it’s been a while since I last posted. The last couple of weeks were crazy, es ging drunter und drüber. For those of you who are here for the photos, I’d suggest you skip this massive chunk of text – but for the rest of you, here’s a little update on what’s been going on in my life:
Not only did I have to move all my stuff and entire life back to London after being on holidays for 4 months, but my Mom also moved to the capital! A pretty big but exciting change for the whole family and especially weird for me to have a parent in the same country after almost 7 years of flying solo. She is finally doing what she has been speaking of for 15 years, which is a Masters degree in landscaping at a design school in Belgravia. She moved into a really cute and cozy apartment just off Ecclestone Square – my home away from home for the coming year.
But it was soon time to go get my ass off my Mom’s fluffy sofas and go flat hunting myself. I could go on a never-ending rant about the madness of the London real estate market and its agents, but let’s not. (There’s many brilliant Vice articles on this actually.) The girls and me eventually found a place in Chancery Lane which we’re super happy with – so fitting for my lawyers-to-be – and we could finally get started with the fun side of moving. Like renting a car to go to Ikea, spending way too much time with important decisions about desk lamps and strolling around my favourite design stores in Kings Road.
WIFI was obviously the first thing we took care of but there are so many other things to sort out like electricity bills and other grown ups stuff (ew…) At the same time university kicked off pretty intensely with lots of readings, coursework deadlines and preparation for my studies abroad next year. And then the pain of applying to banking spring insights and engineering summer internships – as I said, drunter und drüber. So things on my plate.
But last weekend I left the city and went on a little getaway with my parents. I really really love the British countryside, it’s so beautiful and unspoilt! We embraced the Britishness on all levels – staying at a cute cottage in the Cotswolds, enjoying a Sunday roast at the pub after buying a new Barbour and visiting some of the country’s most beautiful gardens. I also went to Oxford to see my GIH girls for dinner, where there was lots to catch up on after a summer of writing programs at Columbia in NY and being an Investment Banker at Credit Suisse. (Yes, I like to show off with my friends.)
Phew, we finally made it to the end. Enjoy the photos!