It’s Monday 7th October 2013 and we can’t fit one more thing in the Skoda. Moving from my hometown of Bristol to the Big Capital to begin my career in writing and start a new chapter of my life.
Two weeks before, I had to find a place in 48 hours. In London for just two days for a bit of training, I had nowhere to live through a very annoying housemate of a friend we call “Mard Arse”. A free room in my friend’s house at the exact time I’m moving to London. Perfect right? Mard Arse had other ideas and I was left finding a home at short notice. Despite the extorniate rent due the trendy neighbourhood of Brixton, it happened and I made two fantastic friends in my housemates.
Just over one year and I’ve moved from Brixton to Tooting and have had so many adventures in-between.
Tube surfing, gigs, fantastic food and great experiences; social media is a great documentation of a time well-spent, but it does lack that personal touch.
Going back to the chock-a-blocked Skoda (complete with Border Terrier, Archie) we’ve unpacked and it’s time for the parents to vacate. My parting gift was this:
My Dad has had this in his car for as long as I can remember. Dotted and streaked in highlighter are routes he has taken over the years and this gave me an idea to populate and personalise with memories of my time here.
The thing about the London A to Z is the black and white pages are so impersonal, yet its purpose is to get you to your desired location where memories are made. Within those pages are fantastic meals, new friendships and great experiences. A closer look and those lines are streets where you’ve lived, wandered down and even partied. The parks are areas you picniced, tube stations were you waited for a night-out and the squares are pubs you spent rainy weekends. It needs a bit of colour!
From amazing exhibition and talks (from the likes of Malala Yousafzai and David Bowie Is) to the foam claw and lobster bun at Bob’s Lobster, it’s my aim to fill this up!
And there’s so much more to add…