I’m a 29 year old London dweller originally from the East Midlands. I live with my boyfriend of seven years in a one bed flat in Whitechapel, East London, the rent for which would get us a four bedroom detached house back at home – a constant source of frustration for me as I’m desperate to own after over a decade of renting.
I work full-time in the city and, as a bit of a masochist, I am currently studying part-time for a Postgraduate Diploma in the area I specialise in and well as taking a German class one night a week for ‘fun’. So my spare time is precious to me and I want to make the most of it!
I moved to London in August 2011 for work and even though I’ve been here for a few years the novelty still hasn’t worn off. I used to visit London a fair bit as a student and as soon as I stepped off the train at St Pancras, it’s almost as if I exhaled, as if I was coming home. Yes it’s noisy and it’s busy and it has its problems, but it’s my city and it doesn’t matter that I didn’t grow up here, it’s a part of me and I am a part of it. I’m proud to be able to call this city home.
So, whenever I have a chance I try and make the most of what London has to offer. I love discovering new things; theatre, restaurants, attractions, parks, streets and events.
My boyfriend is to blame/thank for my love of photography. Our first holiday together was to Venice in early March 2010 where he saw how much I enjoyed taking pictures with my little Nikon Coolpix point and shoot and for my birthday two months later bought me my first DSLR, a Canon 1000D.
Armed with a fancy camera I had to learn how to use it and signed up for a course designed to teach me how to make the most of it and its manual settings. In the years since then I’ve taken a photography class and upgraded my DSLR to a 7D and my Nikon Coolpix to a Panasonic Lumix GF-6 (via the Canon Powershot S95). I’ve also managed to acquire a few Lomography cameras. Now I never go anywhere without a camera in my handbag and photography has become a real interest and my photography is something I really want to continue to develop and improve.
I never thought much about food until I moved to London. My hometown has one or two nice restaurants but other than that the options are pretty limited to pub food and whilst Wetherspoons was our base camp for a night out, it isn’t a dining destination.
Being in London means it’s hard not to be at least slightly influenced by the variety of food options – from fine dining to street food and British to Lebanese. When my boyfriend moved down to London we started eating out more and more and trying out new food and different restaurants. I became involved in Twitter and the blog community and soon I had more recommendations for places to go than I knew what to do with. From being a girl who hadn’t really ever eaten a tomato until the age of 20, my food choices have become more adventurous, to the point where there are very few things I don’t eat now (and those that I don’t I know I really do dislike rather than just being finicky about – mustard, bleurgh).
I’ve been very lucky in my life and (mostly through my nan and grandad) have been privileged enough to visit some amazing places. However, having said that, there are still so many places that I want to visit (Thailand, New Zealand, Japan, Argentina, Norway, Austria…..). Working full time means that I’m limited to my annual leave, but with the use of long weekends I’m able to have a few trips away each year and also explore places closer to home. At the moment I vaguely have my eye on the goal of visiting every city in England.
Read about all of my travels using my travel page.
I was always encouraged to have a wide variety of pursuits and my interests include reading, theatre, horse riding, crafting, the odd dance class and so much more.
If you have any questions then just let me know either by emailing me or by sending me a message on Twitter (links to my email address and Twitter account can be found at the top of my sidebar). However, if you want to get to know me a bit more, then why not explore some of the below posts which either reveal a bit more or are personal favourites and reflect some of my favourite things?