Squirk's Overseas Experience

The tales of one Kiwi returning to Mother Britain and exploring the Big Wide World... without being eaten by a shark.

Saturday, October 15, 2005

Reflection on Westminster

Wandering through the streets of the West End last night reminded me just how wonderful it is to be in London. I already miss aimless meandering that was so accessible to me just a few short months ago. Bright, sunny days were easily and affordably spend reading books under a monument or in a park; perhaps with a sandwich or an delicious Italian-style ice-cream from a street vendor. It really made me feel I was doing the right thing.

These days, of course, the weather's not so inviting.

Of course, it's not just the weather; last night's chill air proved no barrier to my explorations. In fact, wearing my sheepskin-lined denim jacket out into the nippy darkness seemed to be a great way to feel I was in the real London. No, what's really stopping me from enjoying it all is money. It might cost nothing to walk around, but it certainly costs a few quid getting there and back -- and that's without books or ice-cream.

With the end of my savings now in sight, and no firm assurance of additional income, I feel like I need to take particular care with each pound that I spend. This means a lot of cheap supermarket meals and travelling by bus or train special occasions only. Being such a tightwad makes the whole experience of living in what might be the most awesome city in the world somewhat less awesome.

Update 14 Oct: Touched up some HTML.


  • At 5:39 am AEST, Anonymous Kiwi of... said…

    Ahhh, what a familiar story, but never fear, you have friends who are, or have been, or will be at some point in exactly the same situation. It is in fact, part of the fun. The main point is, you have friends.


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