Living in London | Hello Victoria
… well technically, Sidcup, Kent – but hey! – given that it only takes about 30 minutes to get to London Bridge, it’s basically London.
I moved from Victoria, BC about 7 months ago, as my boyfriend Richard lives and works here. Most days I still feel a bit like a tourist, but I’m starting to get my bearings. Sure, I constantly find myself fascinated by buildings that are older than Canada itself, but I shall soon become a jaded Londoner, walking past Shakespearean architecture without a second glance. (At least, I hope I don’t…)
Early last year, I went back to school to become a pastry chef, and it’s taken me this long to find a job with a good work-life balance. In the meantime, I’ve been trying to hone those skills in my own kitchen, with one small problem. I had heard that kitchens in the UK were small, but had no idea just how small they could be! The size of the fridge we have here is the same as the little beer fridge in my parent’s house! Not ideal when you have grandiose aspirations to make amazing layered cakes or dinner parties.
The lovely old building we call home
Although it is small, this flat has some great character, which is why Richard bought it in the first place. In the quest to make this space the best it can be, it’ll be a challenge to add storage and functionality, while highlighting the character that the building already has. Oh, and did I mention that we have no money to do any of this?! Oh yes… in addition to the small kitchens, UK flats tend to be very expensive, leaving next to no money to update them.
Some of the lovely architectural details on the outside of the flat
I’m hoping that this blog will be the impetus for me to tackle the myriad of DIY projects that I have in my head, bake all the recipes I have saved on Pinterest (yeah – right), and get out more into London. Who doesn’t love feeling accountable to the anonymous masses of the interweb?
Oh yeah, and hopefully this blog will force me to get more comfortable taking and being in more photos because at the moment, most of my faces look like this ^^