From Shoreditch Girl to Hackney Girl

Hello again.

So you’ve probably been wondering where I’ve been. Those of you who read my last post will know there’s been a lot going on lately, but even before that, it was pretty much radio silence around here.

Plenty has happened, but the biggest news is that I moved house! Back at the end of October, I moved out my flat in Shoreditch into one in Hackney with the Bulgarian. It’s been a learning curve and I was really sad to leave my Shoreditch flat. At the time I left, I’d been there for nearly five years, and the flatmates I was leaving behind, Priya and Paddy, were (and still are!) friends of mine. It was a real adjustment going from living with my friends yet having my own space to living with a boyfriend and not really having any part of the flat that’s just mine. Well, except for the kitchen. The Bulgarian’s cooking skills would suggest he hasn’t yet located the kitchen.

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Breakfast together on our first Monday morning in the flat

Would I do it again though? Absolutely. Our flat is freezing cold, only one room is double glazed, and the bed broke on the first night and took three weeks to get fixed. But it’s our space and I love that I have a home to share with the Bulgarian. I love having him around and even though we’re both quite independent, it’s nice to have someone to come home to or wake up to every day.

Thankfully, my new flat is only about a 20 minute bus ride from my old one, so Shoreditch is there whenever I want it, and I can still see friends often.

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Blurry board games with Priya and Paddy

I’ve had friends round for dinner and board games, and my brother frequently likes to appear to be fed and steal household items he’s too lazy to buy for his own flat.

As an area, Hackney is definitely a lot quieter than Shoreditch. I no longer get a 2am awakening from the local drug dealers doing business below my flat. Nor am I treated to drunken warblings from a group of men in suits of a Tuesday evening. There is definitely less in terms of bars and restaurants, but I don’t know if that’s such a bad thing. Maybe it’s me showing my age here, but it’s been nice to be somewhere a little quieter, and know that the hustle and bustle is only twenty minutes down the road on the bus.

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Christmas stockings and our chicken tree

I also loved having this place for Christmas. Our living room is about half the size of the one in Shoreditch, but it does have a fireplace!

I’m not sure that I’ll get to five years in this flat, but as a place to live while The Bulgarian and I learn to live with each other, it’s been pretty lovely. Now, if only I could move my old housemates into the house next door, I could have the best of both worlds.

As for the blog, I’m going to try make an effort to update more… and I have about four months of old news to catch up on. I can’t make any promises, because sometimes life just gets pretty busy (especially in London), but let’s see how I get on.

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