Chronicles of one girl's journey to London - from conception to eventual migration.

Friday, February 25, 2011

A FAREWELL ACROSS THE WORLD

Naz left Sydney today. She has spent the last year and a bit there getting her Masters and generally living her new life. Her visa has run out and now she must leave behind her very first apartment, her boyfriend, her friends and her town to go back to Mississauga. She's chatted about her thoughts on this here.
It's brought home the reality that this will be me in about a year. I know that's far away but this last year has rushed by so fast that I can't help but feel this one will slip through as well. So it's been on my mind.
I will have to do the same thing. Leave behind my very first house, my boyfriend, my friends and my town to go back to Mississauga.
I don't want to leave London! Granted, sometimes I miss Toronto with a fierceness so strong it makes me cry but more often than not I love the things I do in London so much more. Because in Toronto my life was stagnant. In London, I am doing things! I am meeting people (awesome people), I am seeing things, I am trying things and I am forcing myself out of my comfort zone as much as I can (much to the chagrin of my bank account).
I can't bear the idea of leaving this place . . .

Thursday, February 24, 2011

LOL

Here's a word that will follow you anywhere in the world. The Internet doesn't really change, no matter what part of the Western world you're in!
I realized this today when emailing the boyfriend, trying to be all cute and sweet as we tend to be in our emails. And his reponse to my last message? One word: lol.
Is he really laughing out loud? I asked. He assures me he is. I suppose I must believe him (trust and honesty in a relationship and all that) but I know 99% of the time, lol is not laughing out loud. Lol is an easy response to any conversation online. In the real world, it is the equivalent of mmhmm and absently staring over the speaker's shoulder.
I miss the old days. I'm in the country where English was born and bred and buttered and, now, beheaded.

UPDATE: An interesting article on LOL from the BBC! (Thanks Monica Wan for pointing me to this)

Monday, February 21, 2011

ANNIVERSARIES

Today, it is two years since we lost my grandmother to cancer. Exactly one year after that, we lost Sara's father to cancer as well.
The strangest thing for me is that, in my new time zone, it actually feels like it's been much longer. But, no, these anniversaries are baby new. The mourning is still ongoing and the wounds are very fresh.
Today is also Family Day in Canada and, so, I am sending all my love out to my family, here and gone.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

HAPPY DAY OF LOVE!

I'm a firm believer in love. So, even though I am with the masses that complain about the commercialism of Valentine's Day, I also think that any occasion to celebrate being in love is something to enjoy! And it doesn't have to be in the corny way everyone else does it . . . though, to be fair, it wasn't very different from a usual Saturday night for us!

I should preface my recap with the fact that I almost ruined my Valentine's Day for myself. I happened to mention that I didn't feel like going out to dinner because it would be too crowded. I really didn't think Qas would think ahead to make reservations somewhere. He did . . . and then cancelled them cause he thought I wouldn't go! Oops. OK I didn't single-handedly almost ruin it as he should have known better than to do that but he is aware now!



Anyway, we made new plans quickly. We went to dinner at Del'Aziz (See? Told you it was no different!) and then saw Never Let Me Go. It is one of the nicest movies I have seen in a long time! I really, really liked it and it's end scene is so heart-wrenching I actually teared up.

Also, I got flowers at work . . . actually, I got them today, a day late due to some mix up with the delivery but they're still beautiful! A big bunch of red roses!

Friday, February 11, 2011

DADA!

We used to call my father dada when we were kids . . .
Anyway, he is coming to visit me! He will be here April 20- April 27, a perfect time really as we'll be on Easter holidays and so have a 4 day weekend!
My daddy!
I have also taken a couple of extra days for his arrival and departure. Qas, as always the fantastic boyfriend, has offered to pick him up and drop him off at the airport. Brownie points for him right?
We haven't got very much planned yet but it's early days yet so let's see what comes up!
Qas and I leave for Venice the very next day so it's going to be a busy week and a half!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

UBER BLOGGING! (UPDATE)

I've been given the opportunity to blog for Moving2London! So while I add my own personal stories here, I'll be telling general stories about my move there! I'm very excited as I'm the first Canadian on the site as well!

Check me out; photo, bio and all!

My first post will be very soon!

UPDATE: My first post went up on the site!