Wednesday, November 19, 2014

TRAVEL GUIDE: Moving into another country/city

It's been a 3 years now sice I have moved to London for my university. Can't believe that it has been so fast these years and almost finishing another part of my life. However, I would like to dedicate this post on giving you some tips on how to settle down when moving for a first time away from a family. Either to different city or country, the same mind set and checklist counts.

Throughout the way, many people have asked me whether I missed my family, whether I am homesick, whether it was hard at the beginning to come over here alone etc etc.
But to be fair, moving to London wasn't my first time when I have to move away from my family. I have moved from Brno to Prague, at the age of 15. Only me and my sister. I remember those days when it wasn't nice to leave all my friends and family there, but I do not regret that change at all. It is 2.5h from city to the other one, so it was easy way to come back home or them visiting me often.
At the age of 19 I have moved to London. That was even a bigger step. Moving into another country and further away again from my family and friends. The thing is, that everybody after graduation from high school is going to different path. Different countries, cities and universities. As well as when I move here to London, I had couple of friends already over here, so I wasn't that alone. As well as I know what I am going into, so it would not be such a shock as moving into a place that I have no idea how it could be.
Thus this little list of important things should guide you through a first step into new chapter of your life.

1. Clean up and make yourself like at home
Start cleaning and re-decorating your flat to make yourself comfortable and like at home. Put your favourite books, pictures, souveniers out on the shelf and do not forgot on important daily things, as you are now living on your own and who will take care of basic stuff such as grocery, cleaning stuff, utilities etc. All the basic and important things have to be ready and done soon.

2. Bank, GP, Library and other institutions
Join and sign up for to your local doctor, bank, library etc. As soon as you get these basics thing that you will need throughout your stay there, the best.

3. Join some new activities
Take a challenge and challenge yourself. Join the gym, societies, clubs, events, workshops, language lessons etc. It will broaden your mind, view and give you a chance to meet new people.

4. Keep your expenses report
Believe me or not, but it can get so out of control as you live by yourself. It is not good to find yourself broke soon. Therefore keep a report on what you are spending and evaluate it in every month to see what is an average and give yourself a budget and monitor it.

5. Discover your local area
I am sure it is not a first time being in the new city or town, that you have to actually visited before so you are more likely familiar with what you are going into. But discover more deeply into your local area where do you live. Discover little corners that tourists might not have been there. Cafes, bookshops, markets etc.

6. Be insured.
No comments needed no? As well as know whom to contact when there's an emergency.

7. Socialise and explore
Learn about the new culture, meet new local people, explore hidden parts of the city and enjoy yourself in a new environment.

Lulu Guinness (UK) Missguided  US

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Munich travel diary

So last weekend I spend in Munich visiting my friend over there and taking a chance to explore the city. First time I have been in Munich and the impression of what I got, is that it is very beautiful and calm city, reminding my like Czech towns or as in Vienna (as I have spent a lot of time there).
I was there only for 3 days, therefore she took me to the main places around here.
Munich is closed and dead alike on Sundays. There are very little places to go there on that day, however Pinakothek museum is opened on Sunday as well as it is a good excuse to be more in nature and have time to do something for yourself.
Hope you'll enou this little diary and next weekend I am heading to the clouds and roads again for an extended weekend. Catch up with me by following on instagram or facebook and again you can look forward for another travel post!

Sights to see and visited by me:

  • English gardens (especially when I have visited now, as you might now I love autumn walks in park. All those colours and fresh air. And believe it or not, there is a little waterfall as well as surfers are practising on the fast speed river in the park! You wouldn't be able to see that else where I guess))
  • New Town Hall (located in center and surrounded by a shopping district, a beautiful big builduing)
  • BMW Welt and museum
    (for lovers of BMW cars, in my case I went there to admire the architecture and interior design:))
  • Alte Pinakothek
    (an art museum, we had a plan to go there, we were closeby, but get lost a bit and it was tight in time before closing time, so we didnt make it)
  • Olympiapark 
  • Marienplats(a central square in Munich, aka for shopping start here)
  • Old Town Hall Munich (its interesting to see that the Old Town Hall actually looks more newer the the New Town Hall, they are just located few meters next to each other)
  • Theatine Church
  • Odeonsplatz
    (a large square with a Hofgarten, nice park next to it)
  • Maximilianstraße
    (it's like in any city, there have to be a street or luxury brands)
  • Siegester
    (an arch)
  • Starnberger See
    (a beautiful massive lake)
More things to see if time allows:
  • Alianz arena
  • Zoo
  • Bavarian state opera
  • Neuschwanstein castle (disney castle alike!)
  • Oktoberfest
  • and many other parks, museums etc.

Lulu Guinness (UK) Missguided  US

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Autumn vibes

I guess we all love autumn just because of the colourful nature. Once it starts to rain, be windy and getting cold that is when it gets so annoying and maybe excited for snow season? Nicol and me take a walk through Regents park the other day and took some nice photos underlining this autumn vibe outside. 
PS: Don't forget to join my giveaway, ending tomorrow. Last chance, try your luck xx

Photos by Nicola Louise

Lulu Guinness (UK) Missguided  US