Am I the only one who gets borderline-maniacally excited when booking a one-way flight? There’s something so exhilarating and liberating in knowing that I’m headed to a country for an undetermined period of time. I can’t help but associate a one-way flight with endless possibilities and exciting uncertainty, and not having the faintest idea of what might happen next is my favourite kind of thrill.
I booked a one-way flight without a specific end date in mind when I visited Australia a few years ago, and now I’m heading off to the UK in a similar fashion. Edinburgh captured my heart from the moment I arrived for a quick visit in 2012, and I’ve been aching to get back ever since. I knew another short visit just wouldn’t suffice, so I’ve been saving my pennies and patiently waiting for the right moment to move to the UK for a while. That moment has finally arrived; I’ve applied for a work visa, I’ve booked my flight, and I could not be more excited!
At the end of the month I’ll be heading back to one of my favourite cities in the entire world, with a quick stopover in another one of my favourite cities: London. This will be my second visit to London, so I plan to focus less on the famous attractions and more on other important aspects of the city (read: the food). Then I’m off to my beloved Edinburgh, where I intend to spend as much time as possible wandering around the city while taking an obnoxious amount of photos. And, you know, I might also start to look for a job, or open a bank account, or do something else productive. (Have I mentioned how atrocious the Canadian Dollar to British Pound exchange rate is at the current moment? Ugh.)
Apart from the aforementioned exchange rate, I’m thrilled to call Edinburgh home for the indefinite future, and I can’t wait to experience the Fringe Festival, Hogmanay, and everything else this incredible city has to offer.
Have you been to Edinburgh? Do you have any tips for moving to (or living in) Edinburgh? What are you favourite dishes from London’s food markets?