Getting ready for England

So I have come up with this timeline.  It’s not set in stone… more like polymer clay.  It goes something like this:

  • mid-June: Apply for a student visa.  This must be done early enough to have it in hand before going to London (obviously), but not too early to where it will expire before my studies are completed.
  • 10 July: Last day at the library.  My coworkers are already plotting the potluck.
  • 14~22 July: Seattle trip to see Debbie and Andrew.
  • 4,5 or 6 August, OR 11, 12 or 13 August: Fly to London.

I’ve had people ask me if I was scared about moving.  It must be the mobile upbringing I’ve had that’s prevented me from any trepidation aside from the one everyone is having right now: money worries.  At the moment, I don’t know what my financial aid package is going to look like, or when I will be furnished with the funds.  Rather worrying, but aside from the logistics of moving from Point A to a rather far Point B, I’m not very ruffled.  To put it bluntly, I’ve got too much shit to do for me to think, “OMG!  I’m moving to a whole other COUNTRY!”  I’ve moved to different countries, like, what, four times out of my life?  Five?

But, yes, moving to London will be different.  It’s the first European place I will be even visiting, much less living in.  It’s exciting to have a new territory to photograph, a new city to wander around in.  I’m looking forward to it, but I know in order to get to the good point of living in London, going to school and being relatively settled in, there will be a lot of work in looking for an apartment and/or finding roommates to share a flat with, paperwork for my student visa, selling various things I’ve accumulated to lessen the storage burden, sorting out what the hell to do with my car, packing and organising things to store and things to eventually send, saving up for stuff to buy before the move, saving up for stuff to buy after the move, etc.

Plus, you know, I have to be ready for school.

So, yes, I am planning.  Often the planning comes out of people asking me what I’m going to do about such-and-such, and when I don’t have an answer, I look into it.  I’ve been getting a tremendous amount of assistance by my net acquaintance/friend of ten years (really), a native of London who has provided me with pages of valuable information.  The more I learn now, the more ready I will be when it comes time to pick a neighbourhood to search listings for, when I need to tip a cab driver, when I get my bill for the TV tax, and so on.

Still, this won’t seem real to me until maybe I’m at the baggage claim, waiting at the carousel to find my luggage.   That’s kind of like how my move to Thailand was, and my subsequent move back to the US.

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