Where to go for one day trip in South West England

I have moved to England almost three years ago and I must say I do know it here better than I know my home place. But there is still so much to discover. I am a total junkie when it comes to something natural. A hundred years old tree, the very first blooming flowers in spring, the feel of sea waves on your feet or tiny bees collecting sweet nectar.

Summer in England can be pretty hot (Yes, they do have summer here.). But no, it does not last long. So if you wake up on your day off work and you see the sun shining on you through the window, you have to use it. It might just be gone as quickly as it came. Continue reading “Where to go for one day trip in South West England”

Cosy coffee shop in Burgess Hill

On the Park

(155 London Rd, Burgess Hill RH15 8LH)

I do attach to places a lot. Usually because of the people. When I moved over here to the UK lots of little things in my live were these “first-time” pleasures. The first date, first time making a friend “from scratch”, first time moving to a share house… And every single place, bar, a town I have visited felt all new and ready to make memories.

Last Saturday I went to a cafe here in a tiny, tiny town I live, where I haven´t been over a year. It was called different, decoration was different, but the feeling remained.

Waiters are really sweet, food is nice and fresh, all home cooked… and all those cakes!  If you are passing by, this place is worth giving up few minute in your busy lives.

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Solo woman travel experience

A few weeks ago I made one of my dreams come true. The Bucket List just became a little shorter. I spent six days in beautiful Rome. On my own. And it was one of the best moments I have had in my life. Everything in Rome is huge. Breathtaking. And filled with stories to be told.

I was told that I am brave for travelling on my own. I was told: “How can you ask for a table for one? Especially as a single girl?”  I mean… who made up those rules, anyway?  Continue reading “Solo woman travel experience”

Living abroad alone – 5 tips when you are feeling homesick

Be proud of yourself

This is probably the most important point to have on your mind while living abroad alone. You need to realise how much have you achieved. Stepping out of your comfort zone and leaving all your securities, stable job, cosy home, friends, dog and family behind you to build something new elsewhere needs a courage. This on its own should flow some enthusiasm back to your veins.

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Bring your talismans with you 

Wearing your lucky shirt or those boots which were with you on every festival will keep you ready for new adventures. Have the same bracelet with your friend who lives hundreds of miles away. Necklace from your mum which you never take off no matter what. Printed photographs glued on your mirror. It might sound cheesy, but having something you can actually touch works much better than drowning yourself in thoughts on those you are missing. Just as a warm hug is better than “It´s gonna be okay, mate!” text.

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Tastes like home

As a food lover, I like to try new dishes. But there is nothing just as satisfying as a chicken soup from my mum or goulash from grandad. Cooking or baking food I used to love as a little girl or a recipe for Christmas sweets from my mum fill my stomach just as well as my soul.

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Keep yourself busy

When things are not working out don´t just sit around feeling sorry for yourself. Everyone is homesick from time to time and that is absolutely okay! But you need to know what your passion is to keep you going.  Set yourself goals to motivate you. Improve in your hobbies. Start a painting or photography course. Do a yoga challenge. Travel to explore the new place you moved in. Enjoy “ME time”. You might as well meet new friends. And if you achieve your goals or improve your skills it will bring you to the point one. Comfort zone…being proud… Feeling good? Whoop whoop!

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Connect with people 

Find people with the same lifestyle as you have. Sharing your stories and feelings with someone who is experiencing the same happiness and troubles as you are is basically a free “homesick therapy”.  Find groups on Facebook or go to couch-surfing meetings. It´s a good way to explore your new home. See where locals go and what they do. Less you feel like a tourist, more you feel like at home. At the point, you meet people from your home country and realise you communicate together not using your mother language is the moment you know “You´ll be fine.”

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