The grass is always greener… on the other side of the pond

One of the things I get asked about a lot is my move from the U.K. to the U.S. Why I moved?  What its like to live in either place? Do I like it etc. in fact I get asked these questions daily. 

Tower Bridge, London.

Back in 2013 I was working as a flight attendant seasonally in the U.K. During my first winter I stayed within the company and worked in one of their call centers selling ski holidays. I was miserable. I convinced myself that I was happy because I was living in London, one of the most amazing cities in the world! But the truth was, I was living a lie. So when winter 2014 came around I was ready to change it up; try something new. I am a fixer, if something doesn’t work or I’m not happy with it, I am quick to make a change (which is possibly also a flaw of mine but heck its who I am). I am so, so lucky in that I have dual U.S. and U.K. citizenship, meaning I can come and go between the two as I wish without the worry of visas etc. I know how lucky I am to have this privilege (although there are downsides to it too, but thats for another post). So after researching cities in the U.S. I decided to go to San Francisco. 

A sunrise I caught one morning on a recent visit to the U.K.

In December 2014 I left for San Fran (another one of the “coolest cities in the world”). I will go into more detail about this in another post but all in all I didn’t love it. So when the summer of 2015 was coming around and I had the opportunity to go back to my flying job in the U.K. off I went! 

A rare day with no fog in beautiful San Francisco. (see the golden gate bridge in the distance)

When winter ’15 came around I was ready to try somewhere else. Having moved to London at 23 on my own and with nothing, and then now experiencing SF, I felt way more confident in trying a new place. When I was deciding places the previous year I had boiled it down to San Francisco or Miami, so it made sense that this year I would try Miami. I should add, I had never been to any of these places before I moved to them by the way, this was the epitome of flying by the seat of pants! 

So December 2015 came and I was lucky enough to be loaned a car by my dads girlfriend, I jumped in the car and I started driving to Florida. In the same situation as I had been the year previous with nothing but a hotel for the first 4 nights I was ready to figure it out. I can’t tell you at exactly what point I fell in love with Miami but it will always have a very special place in my heart. Maybe it was the people I met or the person it made me, who knows. 

The view from my apartment building in South Beach, Miami.

Coming from England, as you probably know we love to complain about the weather! So Miami weather was a dream for me! With sunshine and blue skies and seas surrounding me 90% of the time it was everything I needed! 

New York City.

But two and a half years down the line, and possibly marginally (definitely) influenced by a boy, I made the decision to move to New York City. I’ve now been living here for about two months and feeling good about it. There were many concerns about moving to the city, one being my mental health, which I will go into in more detail another time but I had to make a decision and here I am. There are many pros and cons to city living but I feel in a very different head space to where I was when I was living in London. I love New York City, the culture, the hustle and bustle, the people, you have to have drive and ambition to live in this city, and I feed off of the creativity I get from the people here. 

So, overall, this is where I’m at. Newbie New Yorker, winging it. Settling in to city life again, one day at a time. Currently with no intentions to move back to the U.K. but I never say never.

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6 thoughts on “The grass is always greener… on the other side of the pond

  1. I have never been to America. As a Londoner for 60 years, before retiring to live in the Norfolk countryside, I am well-acquainted with city living. But I can’t imagine exchanging London for New York. Bad weather to worse weather? Too hot in summer, always cold and snowing in winter.
    But as you say, a relationship is involved, and that can overcome the lure of sun and sea.
    Thanks for following my blog, which is appreciated.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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    1. Actually I exchanged London for Miami, then Miami for New York. I actually find albeit a bit colder there are many more bright blue skies during winter. My journey is ever evolving, always exciting to see where it’ll take me. Thanks for reading!

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  2. Before I got halfway through your post, I was ready to suggest that you avoid all the coolest cities in the wolrd and try one with less of a reputation. But it sounds like you’re finding your way without my wise-assery. May you fall in love with New York. It’s a tough city but it gets under your skin. Not that, as a native New Yorker (now living in Cornwall) I’m biased or anything.

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    1. Ahh I see we’ve done the opposite journey (I did some of my growing up in North Devon!)

      Also I have been known to be a bit of a smart ass myself so I can take a hit now and then 😉
      Thank you for reading!!

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