About

Hello!
 
I’m Caity.
A 23 year old American girl in the current mix of a big move across the world to London, England.
 

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I started this in 2011, while in college.
I was gearing up to begin my spring semester,
which was going to be a study abroad in London.
 
For five months,
I was placed in a flat in central London with a few other girls.
We got VERY lucky with our location.
And by that, I mean the Houses of Parliament were our neighbors
and Westminster Abbey was our alarm clock.
 
I was also lucky to be living with someone
who not only became one of my best friends,
but also shared the love for England that I had acquired.
 
Enter: Heather
My old London roommate turned new London roommate,
who you’ll be hearing about a lot on here,
as we are making this big move together.
 
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Heather and I clicked entirely too quickly when we met, but for all good reason.
We became a little Euro-skipping duo in those months abroad.
We drank a little, we danced a lot,
but we always had a great time wherever we were in the world.
 
Coming out of this amazing experience,
we both knew that the UK was where we belonged.
And for the next few years,
we began the difficult journey in finding a way to get back there,
where we wouldn’t have to go through the heartbreaking experience
of leaving again.
 
It seems as though we’ve been through Plans A-Z and back again,
but here we are – two and a half years later,
and we’ve got a one way ticket back to London on August 18th.
There’s so much to do in the few months we have,
Visa arrangements, budgeting and loans, flat hunting, payments, packing,
I could probably go on forever.
But I’ll save that for my many posts to come.
 
I used this blog in the past
to ramble on about everything I did during my semester.
I didn’t realize how much would happen since I came back,
that I felt was worth writing down.
but I love this little keepsake of memories,
and I plan to continue for as long as I have stories to tell.
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15 responses to “About

  1. Loving your blog! I’m currently in England now, loving it so much that I too want to come back. What sort of visa did you get?? I’ve got a lot of planning to do! :-)

    • Thank you so much!! I’ll be getting a Tier 4 Student Visa – I’ll be applying for it in the next month so I’ll be sure to make a post about that experience too! Are you studying abroad there now? That’s exactly how I fell in love too! The UK became home to me in those five months, it’s a crazy thing, but it changed my life!

      • I actually just graduated from Florida Atlantic University in December so I came here to visit some family for a month and I’ve now been here 3! I cant bring myself to come home but I’ll be running out of money soon and my visitors Visa is only for 6 months. This was supposed to be a little time away from home and now it feels like home! xx- Ashley

      • No way FAU? I’m living in Jupiter right now before I leave!
        I love when trips turn into something so much more than you thought, and I’m glad you ended up staying as long as you could! What are your plans when you come back? I went through all the thoughts and things between when I left London in 2012 to now about what my future would be, if I’d ever get back to London, etc etc, so anything you need I’m happy to help with!

      • are you heading back to school? from what I read I had thought you were going there too work, It seems so difficult to get a visa just to come back and work, unless I’m looking at the wrong stuff! Thats so crazy I live in Wellington about 45 mins away from Jupiter, do you know a lot of people in Florida? If not we should meet up one day, there are so many cool places in PGA dont know if youve gone out around there or not but it’s worth checking out. Good luck with everything : )

      • I’ll be going to get my Masters, so I’ll be on a student visa for the year-long program. I’m using that time to work on connections/work placements/etc. eventually leading up to a job post-grad to keep me around. So it’s a pretty big risk, but I’m confident in myself! I was just in London in October (I have a few previous posts from my time there!) – I spent the two months before I left emailing hundreds of companies and set up about 6 or so interviews because my initial plan was to try and just get a job that would bring me over, but as you said, it’s TOUGH. I left in October with a junior position offered, but there are a lot of requirements with the work permit and it eventually fell through. So that brought me to plan C (or D or X or Z), which is to head back for a degree. I feel like I’ve done the research and had the experience and know what I want, so I’m fully ready to bust my ass this year and see what I can do!

        And I know Wellington! I’ve done some exploring but I still don’t think I know all that there is to South FL. I don’t know anyyyyone here, so I would love to make a new friend, especially one that shares the same London love that I do!

      • Agreed! I’m finding it every difficult to find a way back to England without it being for school so I might end up doing the same and going for my masters. I will be back in florida in a few weeks and totally think we should meet up, then hopefully one day we’ll meet again in London! Find me on Facebook if you want that way we can chat when I’m back! Hope your enjoying the beautiful weather, it’s been nonstop rain here :)

      • I had all of those same feelings when I was getting ready to leave after my study abroad – AND again in October! It’s the worst :( I’m actually writing up a post about all the preparations I did for the job hunt I went on in October – it’ll be up later this week if you are thinking about trying that route too! But a student visa is absolutely the easiest way. I know people who have gotten jobs and the visa, but I’m also living proof that it doesn’t always work out that easily for everyone.

        And I would love to meet up when you get back! I’ll find you on FB! It’s been sunny and great here, but even so, I am always missing those London clouds!

  2. Love your blog and your story Caity! Awesome that you’re heading back to London!

  3. …Congrats on making the big move–it’s my DREAM to go back to London and live there for. at least, 1 or 2 years in my young life…Until then, I’ll just make do with Spain (not really complaining)!!…

    I look forward to more of your musings, :-)!!…

  4. Hi there, I’m a fellow American currently living in London. I came here in 2007, for what I thought would only be a year, but ended up coming back in 2009 and have just recently gained permanent residency (and married a Brit boy along the way!). Welcome back! :)

    • Thanks! Just checked out your blog, and I love it – I can already tell I’ll be using it for tons of help!

      Also noticed you’ve recently wed – the pictures are gorgeous! Congrats!

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