9. I’ve Moved to England!

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Well, I’ve done it!

It didn’t really hit me that I was leaving everything I’ve ever known and what a big deal that actually is until I was on the plane and in the air. I had a few tears and a few moments of panic but after a stop-over in Iceland I got on another plane and started to feel excited again. I turned my iPod on and the song “Who Says You Can’t Go Home” came on and it was perfect timing. I realized that even though I’ll have a new place to call home, my old home will always be there waiting and I know I’ll be back to visit.

I’m really really loving my life here in England; it feels like home. It reminds me of Canada but with subtle differences that make everything more interesting. I am just in love with our little town and our little home together here.

Also having my man around has been so wonderful. Just yesterday I opened up my belated birthday present (a gorgeous Derby hat I can wear when we go to the races) and we hung up our new hammock. We’ve walked into town many times and each time we’re cuddled up on the couch or pillow talking before bed I can’t help but smile as I realize this is my life now; there’s no expiration on our time together anymore. I’m really happy that I’m here to stay🙂.

First impressions/thoughts:

-When I wake up in the morning it sounds like we live in a bird sanctuary, they are soo loud! But I love it. So. Many. Pigeons.

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-There hasn’t been a ton of rain so far but quite a bit of cloud; the sunny moments have been lovely though

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-My dad’s always trying to Skype me about 1am. He’s booked a ticket to come visit before I my plane even left the ground.

-Cleaning the house is fun when you do it with your loved one🙂

-I love the Indian microwave dinners here, they are delish! Especially the Quorn tikka masala (you’d never know it’s fake chicken). Also Tyrell’s Salt and Cider Vinegar chips (3 bags down, a million to go).

-Kebabs are yummy

-I am officially an expat

-When you’re taking the train you wanna make sure you’re on the right side of the platform. My man and I had to make a run for it and my Earl Grey was a-flying everywhere.

-There is an entire aisle at the grocery store for a drink called “Squash”

-I may never know how to properly use a roundabout or any other British road

-When your car breaks down and you need to get towed home it’s quite expensive (especially when your breakdown coverage ran out a few days ago)… oops.

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-I have a lot of trouble crossing the street

-Poppies grow wild in the fields and look beautiful from the train

-A tea is called a “brew.”

-“In clip” means “feeling rough”

-The UK has massive, bloody terrifying spiders.

-The first day full day here we walked into town for breakfast and got absolutely soaked walking home

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Have you been to the U.K.? Was there anything you found weird or wonderful?🙂

34 thoughts on “9. I’ve Moved to England!

  1. I loved reading about your journey! I was actually looking up creative ideas for long distance relationships & I came upon your blog & I must say I really needed to read this! Gives me hope! My boyfriend (also English) was doing a year abroad at my university here in the U.S. & in the first week of class we clicked and have been inseparable ever since! Just last Saturday we had to say goodbye to each other because his year abroad was up and it was literally the hardest thing ever. We are really committed to making this now long distance relationship work-trying to figure out goals and so forth. Stumbling upon your blog & reading about your journey has made me feel so much better about long distance relationships 🙂

    1. That’s so fantastic that my blog made you feel better about long distance relationships🙂 They aren’t so horrible, don’t worry! They can even be fun at times and distance really does make the heart grow fonder. I love the fact I’ve been able to travel to a really exciting and beautiful country and that I’ve learned so much about the culture here. I’m sure you’ll be visiting England at some point and you will love it! Keep your chin up and don’t lose hope; distance is very doable if two people really want to be together and it sounds like the two of you really want to make it work🙂 Best wishes to you both! xx

  2. Hey..your blog has inspired me sooo much..
    I’m in the middle of having my online-met boyfriend coming down all the from the States
    to come to Indonesia.
    there has been quite some crazy moments before he can come here.he must take 2nd job
    to be able to buy the ticket to fly here🙂
    He’s coming here with the hope that he can stay here and get a job or until i can save enough money to fly with him to his home.
    Your post has certainly inspired me that there’s still sincere love out there even though the person you love is on the other side of the world🙂

    1. That is a very exciting time, I’m happy that my blog has inspired you🙂 You most likely already know this but if he plans to stay there he will most likely need a work visa. If Indonesia is like most countries, if he gets to the border and doesn’t have a plane ticket to return home or a work visa they will not let him in the country and fly him straight back to the States. I would hate to see that happen. Just make sure you’ve done all the research to make sure he has what he needs if he plans to stay a while🙂

      I know there is a very intense and lengthy process if you want to move to the States, but it can be done.

      I hope yous have a lovely first meeting. Take care xx

  3. I love your love story! So happy for you. Congratulations on your new exciting life with your man. You’re an inspiration to all girlfriends, and I love your romantic ideas (and will be stealing some😛 ) Do you have an Instagram account?

  4. Your blog reminds me so much of my own fairytale! It’s so nice and refreshing to hear that another couple has proven that long-distance relationship can work out! I’m american and my boyfriend of 4 years is also british – we met an american summer camp! We’ve been trying to get me over to the UK for good, but it is nearly impossible for Americans (especially for American teachers!) to get any kind of visa. I’ve just gotten home from a 2 month visit and was looking for something simple and cute to send him, when I stumbled across your blog. Congrats on making it over there, hopefully I’ll have the same luck in the near future!🙂

    1. That’s awesome youre also living your own fairytale. They are always crying out for teachers here so I’m surprised you’re finding it hard to get a visa. Im on the two year youth mobility visa after which we will have to apply for the unmarried partner or fiancee visa. I’m sure there must be some sort of work or holiday or fiancee visa you can get… best wishes on your journey I hope you can join your boyfriend in the u.k. soon it is a magical place🙂

      1. Could you tell me more about that 2 year youth mobility? I’m planning on doing the same thing. He is Canadian, I’m Belgian with a job in London. We’re having a rough time with all those visas and such.

      2. If you look on the uk government visa website it will tell you what options are available the youth mobility is only available to a handful of countries but I can’t remember which ones. You need to also have a certain amount of money in the bank approx 1800 if I remember correctly to be between 18 and 34 I think it was and I think there was one more condition but can’t remember. If that one isn’t an option I would go for a work visa student visa or workers holiday visal

      3. Thank you so much for the info.

        I’ve checked on the uk gov website and it’s like you said. My fiancé is from Canada as well, only he’s a bit afraid to make the step since it’s quite a lot of money and Londen isn’t that cheap🙂

  5. Hey ya🙂 ur blog is amazing! i founded it when i was looking for sweet ldr surprises for my other half who also lives in the UK but in Northern Ireland. And I am from Russia, so in November 2015 it will be 2 years since we have fallen in love🙂 I have been to the UK twice now and also found a lot of things which confused me big style! For example that is sooo true about their plugs over there (that u have to turn on that little switch first) u r so right it was confusing lol I am happy that u r finally with ur man for good. I can only dream of booking a one-way ticket so far because its a very long process…I wish yous all the best🙂

    1. Thanks for stopping by and reading my story. That’s awesome you are making long distance work also! I hope you’ll be able to book your one way ticket before too long, the UK is a lovely place to call home🙂

  6. Your blog is so very helpful at this moment! I have also fallen in love with a Brit! We are talking about me moving there next year but I don’t know about the work visa bit of this plan. I’m from the U.S. and it all seems pretty dismal at the moment. What did you do? It’s so nice to read your journey, thank you!

    1. I’m glad my blog has been helpful! Those brits are awfully charming and wonderful aren’t they?😉 I applied for a youth mobility visa which is good for 2 years however I’ve heard that this particular visa isn’t available for US residents. Your best bet would be to go for something like a workers holiday visa or student visa which will give you about two years at which point you could apply for the unmarried partner visa or the fiance visa/marriage visa. To get the UPV or FV you need to be living together like a married couple for at least two years and proof of that. For starters just go to your government visa website and see what’s available to start out🙂 best of luck to you!!

  7. I got here by an accident, but i’m glad i did.. your blog is amaizing and i’m so happy for you two guys. I love this. I’m in ldr and it’s hard.. but i hope i’ll have a happy ending like you did.🙂

  8. Hi! I came to check out your blog because you left an amazing comment on one of my posts, I have so many questions for you! Haha, I’m in a relationship with a guy from England and I am really looking into moving there because he’s over there and I’ve always wanted to move to England, I’m from the States, but I really want to know how the move went and the whole visa process! Thank you so much! Love you’re blog, I’m going to be reading many of your posts now🙂

    1. Hi there🙂

      England is gorgeous, I really love it but I’m really glad I made quite a few trips here before making the big move. There are so many little differences to get used to and I do occasionally get homesick.

      I’m really happy that I made the move though. It’s so wonderful being able to see more of my better half; he makes the move worth it a zillion times over.

      I’m on the Tier 5 Youth Mobility visa which is good for 2 years however I don’t think the States is an eligible country for that visa which stinks, but there should be some sort of work, student or workers holiday visa you could apply for. If you then live together for 2 years you can apply for the Unmarried Partner or fiancee visa

      How long have you been with your English sweetheart? x

      1. Oh I love England! I go to London every summer (for the past 3 years) and stay in an apartment for like 3 weeks, I also just got back from studying abroad there for 3 months, that is where I met my boyfriend, he went to the University that I did and we just were instantly connected🙂 And oh yea I should have guessed that there would be different visas between the states and Canada. And about how long was the visa process? I am really trying to get accepted full time to a University over there so hopefully it all works out and I can just apply for a full time student visa, but I hope it’s easier to get cause I am constantly in England, in fact I’m leaving in a week to go visit him for 2 and a half weeks🙂 It’s hard to constantly travel back and forth though (especially very expensive)!

      2. I feel your pain! We flew back and fourth for two years but it’s nice to get settled in the same place🙂

        My visa didn’t take long to get; I applied for it online, had an appointment in Toronto within a few weeks. At the interview which really wasn’t much of an interview (they just took my photo and fingerprints) they sent my passport and application to New York and then I had to go back and pick up my documents/visa a couple weeks later from Toronto. It cost around 500$ CAD. It was surprisingly easier than I thought it would be.

        I’ve been working on getting into a UK university for 2 years now and have found that most have zero idea how to deal with international students (some declined my application just because I wasn’t a UK citizen even though it said they take international students). Cardiff however has been absolutely fantastic! They have a whole team dedicated to their international students and I’ve just accepted their offer today! Woot🙂 They are really helpful with making sure you get the right visa to study there ect,.

        There are a list of different types of visa’s here:
        https://www.gov.uk/browse/visas-immigration

        Best wishes to you, I hope you’ll be able to close the distance!

      3. Oh this is so helpful! Thank you so much! I know the struggle about UK universities, I’ve already have a 2 year degree from an American school and I don’t know if any of my credits will transfer which is such a pain! I don’t wanna start all over again:/ And oh congratulations! That’s so amazing! What will your major be? And I will surely look into the visas from that link, it sounds smooth enough, I just can’t wait to get the process started!🙂 And thank you again, I’m very happy that you got to close the distance, it gives me hope for me and my sweetheart!!

      4. You’re very welcome🙂

        I also have an undergrad from a Canadian University. For the most part your degree should transfer. The weird thing is in the UK they don’t care as much about your degree as they do about your high school Math, English and Science marks (GCSE’s they call them). There is a company called UK Naric and you just scan them your high school and University transcripts and they will tell you what the UK equivalent is. You can then give that sheet to Universities so that they know what your qualifications are considered to be in the UK.

        https://www.naric.org.uk/naric/

        I’ve just been accepted to the PGCE primary teaching program. Currently I’m working as a special educational needs 1:1 teaching assistant in a British school. Looking forward to becoming a qualified teacher🙂

        Goodluck with your visa. If you have any questions feel free to ask!

      5. Good luck with your teaching degree! It sounds amazing🙂 And thank you so much, this has been beyond helpful, it is so great to get some help on this cause I didn’t really know who to ask! But again thank you, and if I think of any other questions (which I probably will) I’ll send you a message!🙂

  9. I have not driven in the UK yet! Terrified I will just throw my hands up and scream. I jump sometimes as a passenger thinking we are going to be hit. I tried to walk across a round about and got stuck. Kept looking the wrong way for cars. So the next day my man’s son’s girlfriend showed me how to do it! They all laughed at me and noted if I was gone for any length of time someone needs to go down to the round a bout to get me. Squash!! I like Vimto. On my visit to my fiancee we got into one fight. That fight was on a walk we were taking. He mapped out a really cool walk through farmlands ( which I think is so cool. I day dream I’m in some amazing period movie), and trails. Of course we got lost!! It starts to rain even though there is sun. Then pours down. I tap out. He starts saying,” What are you made of sugar?!!” NO i am not but I am wearing a roots sweatshirt and Khakis pants. No umbrella or boots, And not the best underwear for wet see through Khakis pants. So he calls me a princess and storms off. It’s truly one of my fave memories. He was so darn excited for this epic walk about. Don’t worry we went the next day and it was magical . Love your blog!!

    1. I haven’t yet tried driving in the uk but my dad did when he came to visit and it was truly terrifying! First thing he did was pull into a roundabout without looking and we were nearly t boned two minutes after leaving the rent a car place :p I have also had trouble crossing streets here I remember I was dithering for ages at a cross roads and my mans dad drove by I must have looked a right knob lol

      Glad you had your magical walk in the end. Things don’t always go to plan especially with the weather here!

      Thanks for stopping by. Do you have plans to make the big move? It’s a lovely country X

  10. I’m also on a LDR with my man in UK. I’ve been there twice and I’m already in love with the place. I’m from a hot country so the cold weather fits me perfectly. Though I still love the indian food from my country but the other day, my man and I ordered take out from an indian restaurant and we ordered the Chicken Shashlik, it was delicious!

    But the best part of it all was being with him; just the simple things like actually able to kiss him good morning or brushing out teeth side by side or cuddled up on the sofa watching TV were amazing. Oh! and being on the same time zone was great too. It makes all those long chat hours on Skype, phone or the things we do together online worth it.

    We’ve talked about moving in together, either him coming over to Malaysia or me going over there, but it seem difficult…how did you do it? I’ve tried with the visa or going through the commonwealth country but it doesn’t seem to work. I even tried applying via the hotel chain i work for but it needs a work visa. Funny thing is, to apply for a visa I need an employment letter. So it’s no visa, no job; no job, no visa. How does that even make sense?

    Any advise?

    1. That’s wonderful that your ldr is going so well🙂 I am here for 2 years on the tier 5 youth mobilith visa at which point we will have to apply for the unmarried partner visa.

      Not every country has this visa available but there are workers holiday visas, work visas and student visas usually available. Check out the uk visas government website and see what’s available for your country as it will not be possible other than with a visa (and most likely years of apllying for different visas before you can finally apply for permanent resudency).

      Best wishes to you!!

  11. Congratulations and thanks for sharing!

    I’m moving to Brazil in September to be with my husband. I can’t wait to make discoveries like you have, especially “cleaning the house is fun when you do it with your loved one.” = )

    1. We just made a lovely steak dinner and did the dishes together. It really doesn’t matter what we’re doing its just so nice having him around. Even after a year of living here I never take our time together for granted. I’m crazier about that boy than ever🙂

      That’s so exciting! Congrats on your plans to close the distance. Send us some sunshine over here :p

      1. So true. It’s hard to take time together for granted when you know what it’s like to be apart.

        Wishing you many more lovely steak dinners!

  12. How were you able to move there permanently my boyfriend and I want to get married and I wanted to move to the UK where he lives but my research has shown I won’t be able to any advice?

    1. If you get married you just have to apply for a spousal visa. Im on a youth mobility visa for 2 years at which point ill apply for the unmarried partner visa

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