30.04.2013 - 30.04.2013
There's nothing quite cooler than saying that the first place you ever lived in, was London.
Sure... I always imagined this experience to be amazing, but nothing really could prepare me for how incredible my time here would be.
Words really do not do me justice when I say I live with incredible people.
There's 10 of us in our big old house, all here for the same reason, to explore another country, culture and lifestyle.
We're like one big Australian, featuring a Brazilian, family... we all look out for eachother, care about eachother and understand each other.
Some of the best nights i've had with my new family have been spent in our lounge room, playing jenga or poker, chatting, drinking and eating away and there's really nothing better.
I've been living in East London for 3 weeks now and it feels like months. I really do love it but it's really easy to fall into a pattern or routine, where everything becomes mediocre or boring, but sometimes you just have to take a big step back and say to yourself "wow, I'm in London!" And what better way to do that than over a nice cup of coffee.
Last week my dear friend Jadell arrived in London and after a trek and a half to Heathrow, we were reunited. I was absolutely exhausted after a week of work and early starts but we didn't waste a second of exploring London. I thought I would just hit her with London right from the word go, going to Westminster and seeing Big Ben, the House of Parliament, Westminster Abbey and the London Eye. There was actually sunshine that day, I just wore a tee and jeans (omg) and we strolled along the river. We decided to take advantage of this warmth and we grabbed an iced coffee from starbucks and sat in a nearby park. It was so lovely to have a nice coffee with a familiar face and unwind in the sunshine.
Thank goodness I've discovered a few cute little cafes in my area in which i have spent many hours with friends, more like family, opening up about everything. So firstly, there's a cafe "Horizon" down the main street, which has really cheap coffee and absolutely gorgeous cakes, with a nice outdoor area to take advantage of any rare sunshine that dares to show its face.
Secondly, there's a NZ cafe in the Westfield close to our home which is great after a tedious shopping experience to unwind. I must admit, despite it being in a hustling and bustling shopping centre, it's really quite peaceful. This is a personal favourite purely because of the quality of coffee produced and I always seem to be with different people.
And thirdly, Costa Coffee which is down the main street aswell. I tend to steer clear from the chain coffee shops like Starbucks and Costa Coffee but sometimes it's just good to know you're going to get a good coffee.
I've had some great moments with my housemates sipping coffee, especially with my gals, Nicole, Charline (das her ) and Jess.
I absolutely adore the girls I live with. We get along so well and they really are like sisters to me. But more on our girly chats later.
I must admit, I really do miss having coffee at home with my family in our coffee shop, in our seat with my regular, but it really is incredible to discover new places, with new people and explore all that the experience of coffee really has to offer.