Fishmix, the London Edition

We made it and Fishmix is back!  We are finally settling in to our new flat in London; So far, so good.

It’s been two weeks now and although we are missing our Sophie loaf, friends, family and NYC, we are attempting to make a new life in a new country.

A few highlights and likes thus far – The markets, beautiful and historic buildings EVERYWHERE, fresh baguettes, yogurt in glass jars, ease of the Tube system (when it’s operating), flats with high ceilings, tons of light and a separate bedroom(!), Daylesford Organic (my new go-to for fresh veggies), John Lewis, BrewDog Beer, ease of a weekend trip to Paris, Neils Yard Dairy (unpasteurized cheese).

A few surprises and dislikes thus far – The insanity of getting people to get things done in a timely manner (as of now, I’m perplexed as to how any ‘impatient New Yorker’ before us lived here for two years or more), sunset at 4:30pm, the slow yet eloquently named Royal Mail, constant Tube construction on the weekends, tiny portions of food that cost you a weeks pay, warm cask ales.

Joel and I have been treading along on the motto that “we’ll get used to it”, and we better because we are not on vacation. One thing we are working hard to get used to is warm pub beer. We hear there is a “Real Ale” (craft beer) movement in the land that literally invented the IPA so we are currently searching for it. When we find it, we’ll let you know.

Some other “bits and bobs” we are learning about here –

  • Everyone says “bits and bobs”, which we’d simply call stuff in America
  • SO FAR, UK Doctors are not as scary as we envision them to be
  • The UK isn’t exactly known for fabulous chompers or good food but I can attest to one of those being false – We are really liking the food here so far. And not just the Fish ‘n Chips
  • Corn syrup is ILLEGAL here! Hooray! I can eat as many Haribo gummies as I want. And I do
  • Electric plugs are enormous, office paper is a totally different size (and of course, more logical)
  • Fire code doesn’t allow plugs in the bathroom and in turn, hair dryer cords are just ridiculously long

That’s that so far. But more oddities and colloquialisms are to come, I am sure of that.

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