Settling in to my new home

Almost a week into my stay in Warrington, UK and i’m loving it so far! I brought the Sydney weather with me that’s for sure, we’ve had perfect weather since I landed last Thursday. Thongs and sunnies all the way.

Phone was easy as pie to setup, bank account was about 99% done before I left Oz so all it took was a meeting with the bank and BAM I can get my first pay check!

Of course I will need to be working for that to happen.. which, if all goes to plan will start next week! The Looking Glass, the pub I’ll be working at is super cute and I’m assuming will be pretty much a second home to me… I’ve been there about 5 times already and I haven’t even started working there yet!

So far my time here has been spent meeting for coffee, shopping, drinking, too much pub food, train rides, bus rides and more drinking. Oh and Blackpool which is pretty much an entire town devoted to amusement parks, and a promenade complete with piers, ferris wheels, trams, arcades, fish & chip shops and LOTS of fairy lights.

Hopefully visiting friends in London this weekend before I become a working girl 😉


Rhode Island Coffee – where the magic begins

The Looking Glass – isn’t it cute!

The Barley Mow pub in Golden Square


One of the piers at sunset

The Trafford Centre, Manchester – most amazing shopping centre ever

Their food court was Titanic themed! Amazing!


It’s official. I’m going to the UK!


YES! Finally it arrived! My visa has been approved! Maybe tonight I’ll be able to sleep!

I’m sad to be leaving my friends and family (and tbh the most beautiful country in the world) but I’m sooooo excited to be going overseas, a new environment, new people, new opportunities and new adventures! 😀 😀 😀

Still lots to do and not much time to do it in! Did my voting this morning, and spent the day with my pop(coolest guy I know) and spent the night getting rid of everything that I own that I won’t be taking with me. Tomorrow dealing with travel insurance, gym memberships, bank accounts.. the list goes on.

8 days left and counting! eeeeeeeeee 😀


Visas, flights and being impatient

Well! My UK Visa Application has been officially sent off. What a stressful endeavour that has been!

After being told that it would help my application to have a letter from my friend in the UK stating where I’m staying and that I have a job to go to (and waiting approx 6 weeks to receive it, with no luck might I add) I’m told by the visa company doing my application for me “actually we’ll just leave that bit out” UGHH! Thank you for not informing me of that originally…

This therefore meant my bank statements were now out of date and I had to go and get new ones. After getting all of that ready, next step was my biometrics appointment (fingerprints and mug shot.. like a true criminal!), which I couldn’t make just yet because drunk sam decided to nearly slice her finger off while making a sandwich… having a cut across the tip of your finger makes it a little difficult to take a proper scan. I’m all about the timing huh! But FINALLY it is all done! So I can put it all behind me and now is the fun part where I wait… not so patiently.. to hear back from the UK Border Agency whether my application has been approved or not! *fingers crossed!*

I did have a Sep 5th flight on hold but I’m thinking I will have to make it a little later! Lucky my good friend Emma works at a travel agency and she’s been helping me out with booking flights and can drop that pesky little deposit fee for me if I do change it!

Fun Fact #347: September 11 flights are the cheapest! Who woulda thunk it! and you wanna know the price of a one way?.. yep you guessed it $911.. are they taking the mickey out of us or what!

End of September is Oktoberfest! so i HAVE to be overseas for that! this is my goal.. and I’m super excited to go! Another one to cross off my Bucket List! 😀

Oktoberfest Beer Wench

pshhh! I can totally do this…

Samantha xx