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A Celebration At The Laslett

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A Celebration At The Laslett

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*Sorry for the lack of posts at the moment, I’ve been feeling a bit uninspired but I am back now with the regular programming of Sunday/Wednesday/Friday

You may remember when I fell in love with The Laslett last year. I had gone there with Martine and we both agreed that it was the best place ever, but we were also worried that our next time there might not be as lovely (the expectations were SO high). One year passed and I could not wait any longer to visit, but it needed to be for a special occasion. And the special occasion happened; I got a job at my dream company (more on that later), so I went back to The Laslett with my friends and celebrated my new achievement!

The Laslett is a hidden gem of a boutique hotel in Notting Hill. The Henderson bar is small, cozy, but not too busy. The two times I went, we had one of their two rooms for ourselves. The music is absolutely perfect, and so is the interior decor. I love the food and the bathrooms, and basically everything about it!

You can tell by this description that it lived up to the impression it made on me last year, and I cannot wait to be back in the future for more celebrations. And who knows, maybe one day I will get to stay in one of their rooms?

The Laslett, 8 Pembridge Gardens, Notting Hill, London W2 4DU

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The Importance of New Friendships

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The Importance of New Friendships

A photo of my friends  Franzi  and  Martine

A photo of my friends Franzi and Martine

Making new friends gets harder and harder as we grow up. Being out of school and in an everyday routine means we often just see the same people over and over. For a while I also had a tendency to think people were already settled with their group of friends and not looking to form any new friendships, but I was wrong. Making new friends is such a good feeling; it’s inspiring and motivating, it can also completely change your daily life.

In the past year, I have formed a couple of new friendships that were definitely unexpected. Two of them were through work and it confirmed to me that it is still possible to build new connections in your twenties (also in an environment that can be competitive at times). I think work friends are the best because they make you want to get up and go to work, they uplift you, and you get to see them all the time. Even now, having left my job a month ago, I still talk almost daily with three of my ex-colleagues-now-pals there.

And since being in London, I have made new friends, but I have also cultivated a friendship that existed mostly online through Instagram DMs and blog comments. The people I’ve met in London are in the same boat as me; having left their home country to pursue their dreams in The Big Smoke. We are united by this common situation and now we get to exchange about it and live all of it together (almost like a family).

So that’s all from me today. I feel like I’m just so happy about these new friendships and I hope I get to experience that feeling many times again as I get older. The great thing about making new friends as adults is that it’s an active choice, it is not just because you are in the same class at school and befriend the first kid that wants to play with you. Let me know in the comments if you have experiences of making friends in your twenties!


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My London Home

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My London Home

‘My London Home’ by me.

‘My London Home’ by me.

Here it is… the second chapter to my London story.

One thing you have to know about the renting situation in London is that it is extremely difficult. Flats usually appear on the market 4 weeks before they’re available, which doesn’t give you much time to look for the perfect place. The competition is harsh and a listing that went up in the morning might be gone by the end of the day.

Living across the ocean made it practically impossible for me to go for flat viewings, but I wanted to secure a place to live for at least my first month in the city. Combining the stress of finding an apartment and applying for jobs at the same time is not for the faint-hearted. This is why I decided to book my first month with a vacation rental website. I was lucky because not only did I find the perfect launching pad for me to start my London adventure, I ended up making an agreement with the landlord to stay there for a few more months until I figure everything else.

This is more than I could have hoped for… My first flat, living in one of my dream neighbourhoods, in a building with typical English architecture! There is also a garden and plenty of natural light. What did I do to deserve this?

I’m excited for this new chapter, and it’s only the beginning.

Read - My Move To London Part 1 - Getting the Visa


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The Living Abroad Questionnaire: Emily

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The Living Abroad Questionnaire: Emily

Welcome to my new series ‘The Living Abroad Questionnaire’ where I interview 5 women born in 5 different countries about their experiences of living abroad for extended periods of time! Every day of this week you will get a new insight into what its like to move to a new country and how it can impact your life for the better!

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The Living Abroad Questionnaire: Tinta

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The Living Abroad Questionnaire: Tinta

Welcome to my new series ‘The Living Abroad Questionnaire’ where I interview 5 women born in 5 different countries about their experiences of living abroad for extended periods of time! Every day of this week you will get a new insight into what its like to move to a new country and how it can impact your life for the better!

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The Living Abroad Questionnaire: Elisabeth

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The Living Abroad Questionnaire: Elisabeth

Welcome to my new series ‘The Living Abroad Questionnaire’ where I interview 5 women born in 5 different countries about their experiences of living abroad for extended periods of time! Every day of this week you will get a new insight into what its like to move to a new country and how it can impact your life for the better!

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The Living Abroad Questionnaire: Martine

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The Living Abroad Questionnaire: Martine

Welcome to my new series ‘The Living Abroad Questionnaire’ where I interview 5 women born in 5 different countries about their experiences of living abroad for extended periods of time! Every day of this week you will get a new insight into what its like to move to a new country and how it can impact your life for the better!

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The Living Abroad Questionnaire: Alexa

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The Living Abroad Questionnaire: Alexa

Welcome to my new series ‘The Living Abroad Questionnaire’ where I interview 5 women born in 5 different countries about their experiences of living abroad for extended periods of time! Every day of this week you will get a new insight into what its like to move to a new country and how it can impact your life for the better!

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