We finally have a London flat!!

Good Afternoon! I hope everyone is having a wonderful Sunday in this great weather we are having in London today!

I know I have been away from the blog for some time now, and in the mean time a lot has happened here, which is part of the reason for my absence as we have been without internet for some time now, but now we are finally back online!

The biggest change that has happened on our end is that we finally after 6 months living together have our own place!

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I am so happy and content, our place is the place I wrote about back in July that I was really hoping we would get, and we were so lucky to get it! I was beyond relieved, I thought we would go through a nightmare process to get a place of our own, since renting in London can be quite a difficult process. More than that I was so happy because I was prepared that we might have to rent a place that we did not really want to live in, in lack of being able to get a place we loved but we were so lucky and on our first try we found a place that we fell in love with!

So we are now official residents of Lewisham in South London. We love the area, it is a lot quieter than where we lived before and although travelling to work takes slightly longer it is so worth. It is great for us because it is still quite close to the city, yet it feels like it is outside the city once we get of the train.

I cannot express how nice it felt getting in this place, after having rented a tiny room in a house for 6 months it felt like a dream to have a whole flat to our selves. The first two weeks I felt almost anxious here, like I could not believe that our flat search had such a happy ending and I just waited for something to come and take it away. Now I have finally settled down and alowed myself to be happy here and feel at home.

We have most of the essentials here more of less in place now. We have getting furniture from Ikea, Gumtree and more, as we moved here on a budget and did not have much savings to spend on furniture. We still have somethings left to buy and hopefully eventually we can replace whatever we are not that happy with now, but for now what we have got is more than enough. Later in the week I will make a post about buying cheap furniture and what we have learned from the experience.

Here is the first pictures from our new place! Welcome!

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Greg’s best friend James is visiting us here at the moment from New Zealand and it is so nice to have an extra bedroom where he can stay.I must say I feel so grateful and uplifted and all I want to do now is to give something back. Like I said before, after those 6 months in limbo I am truly appreciating this!

Now Greg and James just came home from Greenwich park, so I will spend some time with them now for dinner and a movie.

I hope everyone is having a great day! And if anyone has any ideas or tips about having just moved into a flat, please feel free to write to us!

– Camilla

 

 

House Hunting in London

Good morning beautiful people!

I hope everyone has had a great start to the week, I cant believe we are half way through already! I can barely remember how some of my days have been, I still feel like it is Monday because the last few days I have been so busy and the days have just flown by.

Greg and I have now officially started our house hunting! We had our first viewing yesterday and we have a few lined up for the next couple of days. I find it quite stressfull to go on them I must admit, I could especially tell yesterday. I think it is the anticipation and the not knowing that I am not just that great of dealing with.

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Yesterday we viewed such a nice place in Lewisham in South London. I had promised myself I would not get my hopes up, but when we saw the place and how great it was I got such an anxious feeling in my stomach because I wanted it so much but I also knew that they had many viewings and that we would get so lucky to find the perfect fit and get it on our first try was just to good to be true! Plus knowing all that needs to go well with the contract signing and reference checks etc, is really so nerve wrecking!
I just have to except that a lot of this month will have to be that way and try to keep my head cool.

We are still waiting to see what happens with the flat we saw yesterday, but I am preparing myself for a disappointment as I know it is in high demand and we will probably be looking for a while before getting a place. Having said that though, I am not the best person to manage my expectations and often I can get ahead of myself. Last night after promising Greg that I would not get my hopes up I planned where in the flat we saw I would place the furniture if we got it and started looking up both banks and doctors surgeries in the area – properly planning my life there already well knowing that there is a good chance we would not get it. Oh well..

After the viewing yesterday we went and got a Burger King Meal on our way home and then some ice cream. I told Greg I needed it to calm down, not sure if it worked but.. There is a chance I could get very fat by the end of this month if it continues but oh well oh well..

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Anyone else in the same situation? How do you cope with it and keep your self calm?
I could not sleep at all last night, just lying in bed hoping and stressing out about this place we saw and just wishing I could forward time to when we are moved in someplace! Hopefully it will be somewhere great, that we feel is a place we can make our own, build happy memories and feel properly at home in.

– Camilla