Four years in the UK


+ + June 22, 2017

If you go all the way back to the beginning of the archives on this blog, it actually started off as a way to document my life as I applied for a Visa and prepared for my trip overseas. That’s right, my niche used to be… an immigration blog! How’s that for originality?

On the 23rd of June 2013, I moved to the UK. Technically it was a two-day process – my plane left Canada on the 22nd. And the actual experience was rather horrible, although it makes a hell of a story.

It’s hard to believe that it’s been four years. When I first was moving over here, I said that I’d stay for a year or so, and then probably head back. It was supposed to be a bit of a blip. An adventure to break up the boredom I was feeling at home.

Four years later, I’m still here. Not only am I here, but I have a girlfriend and a dog. Safe to say, I’m fairly settled.

I’ve been through a lot personally, and the UK seems to have been through even more. In the 4 years that I’ve lived here, I’ve voted in TWO general elections. I also cast a ballot in the referendum that led to Brexit. Plus I’m sure we’re all aware of the current climate with recent terror attacks. While my personal life has had an even mix of ups and downs, the UK has had a lot of heartbreaking downs.

Still, I love it here. But, I’m on a 5 year Visa. I have under a year left and it’s going to go fast. Which is why… I’m preparing to apply for indefinite leave to remain. I could probably do a whole post about that, and I probably will once the actual process begins. Until then I’m just saving hella money.

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  • Pam

    Canada is cool!

  • dad

    Canada is cool!

  • OMG whaaaaat. I can’t believe it’s been that long already!!!!! But then I guess it does seem like a long time ago that you were actually two timezones behind me…

  • yay, we get to keep you 🙂

  • You know, I was thinking about this as it popped up on my timehop feed as I was wishing you good travels. I can’t believe the past 4 years have flown by so fast!!! Good for you!

  • As someone who is moving to the UK in the next few years it’s nice to read something that relates directly to me.
    Please do a post about the leave to remain visa!

    Heba xx

  • Congrats on making the four year mark! I remember you making the jump across the Atlantic, and I’m glad that move has paid off in dividends! 🙂

  • Congrats! I’ve been in the UK for almost 3 years now and absolutely loving it <3 So nice to find another blog about someone living in England, will definitly follow it <3

    http://www.thenavigatio.com <3