Things we did right!
1. Get a UK cellphone before coming, or immediately upon landing. The pay as you go phones are relatively inexpensive, and are totally helpful when needing to send messages.
2. Research neighborhoods before arriving. I spent today riding buses around the city looking at various hoods, and I’m so glad we’re not starting from scratch. We’ve already narrowed it down to 3 or 4 areas, and that makes it so much easier to find a flat!
3. Have a place to land. We’ve been so lucky to have this flat to use for the first 10 days! It’s so great to have a home base, and it totally takes off the immediate pressure on the house-hunt. Even though it’s taken me more than 24 hours to figure out how to use the shower, it’s infintely better than a hotel room!
4. Keep in touch with friends and family. It’s been so nice getting all your notes of support! This would be so much more difficult if I didn’t know that we had the love and support of everyone back in the US. Thank you!!!