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UK Living – Reality Of Living Abroad

Earlier this year, I watched a video where a lady left the UK to Nigeria to start a business. She believed her business was going to make more profit back home (Nigeria).

I’ve also spoken with few people, who said they prefer life back in their home countries.

What could be the reason behind their sudden change in plans? Most people come into the UK with big plans, why the sudden change to go back home?

Personally, I believe people have high expectations before arrival in the UK, and when things don’t go the way they expect, they start panicking.

Life generally comes with ups and downs, but the way we react to the suitations we face, determines how we’ll scale through.

I’ve shared some messages I got from people about life suitations abroad and how they feel. I got these messages when I once shared a post on my story on Instagram, and I got some messages from people who shared similar experiences. I’ve decided to share three messages I received with y’all.

Names have been changed for data protection.

Rose, from Belgium. Currently Living in London.

“I also felt like that when I moved to London for the first year, but then when I left because of work I realised that I actually had found lots of hapiness and a new family there. However, I had too many expectations to look at it properly.
I’m from Belgium. Lived in London and totally loved it but had to leave for work in Paris. However, Paris is not a city I ever really dreamt of but work opportunity was great. Yeah London is loneliness is real, but I feel like it’s the same in every big cities although once you meet people in London they’re usually quite nicer than in other cities haha”. (Back in London)

Oyin, From Nigeria currently living in the US.

“The major problem is that people have high hopes on obodo Oyinbo even before arriving.
They think it’s all rosy here especially coming from Africa. So when they come and realise it’s not all perfect abroad too, the hustle here the bills and the fact that loneliness here is on another level scares the hell outta them. They literally feel abroad is 100 percent okay, and hence the disappointment when they see the struggle here upon arrival”.

Davidson, from Nigeria. Currently Living in London.

Life here is boring. I don’t know why people are here. They spend most of their lives working and paying bills, doing less valuable jobs. Okay! They are making money yea, but the money goes back to the UK system. I don’t see myself living here permanently. I might just be shuffling between Nigeria and UK.

Finally, a little advice from Presh

If you just arrived in the UK, and you’re trying to find your balance, it might take a while, but keep your head up. You’ve got to find your own happiness, do what you love and be where you want, look beyond the present suitation and focus on why you’re at your present location. Draft out a plan and never leave God out of your decisions.

Please share your abroad experience below, we’ll love to read your story.

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UK students- Now that you have arrived In the UK.  What next?

Location: Canary Wharf, London

The pandemic affected schools in the UK, but I’m glad to see that people have remained positive, and have decided to come into the UK to study still. Welcome everyone!

Ok! Now you’ve arrived.

What next?

Want to make friends?
Looking for love?
Want to explore?

Anyways, I’m going to share few tips on what you should do when you arrive.

1) Get a UK phone number:
Well, the first thing you need to do is to get a UK phone number. You can go into any of the convenient shops and get a UK sim.

2) Use your map: Now, you’re in the UK, your map is your best friend. Get use to using the map! Your Google map will help you find your way wherever you go. If you ever get lost, your map will help you find your way back home. Every single person living in the UK uses a Google map.

3) Set up a bank account: You might have to book an appointment to get your account all set up.

4) Get a rail card: If you’re in London, you might want to get an oyster card. Or if you’re outside London, you might want to get a rail card for a year. It gives you discount prices for a year, and then you can renew after one year. A 16-25 Railcard costs just £30 and it’ll save you 1/3 on rail fares throughout Great Britain for a whole year. Don’t miss out!

5) Get a taxi number: This is just in case of any emergency, so you can call a local taxi, and they can get to you soon enough. Or you can download the Uber application.

6) Started online classes? You might want to make a friend or two in your class, just to keep in check with what’s going on around your course. You can meet up with them after class or on weekends, who knows? You guys might be best of friends.

7) If you find a church to go to every Sunday, you can make friends in church too. When you’re new, you need as much information to help you settle well. You have to meet people to know more. We all learn everyday.

8) Don’t shop in one store: Learn to go to different shops to know what different shops offer and their price difference. Don’t just shop at shop A. Shop B, C, D and E might have quality items too and in lower prices.

9) Apply for an NI: If you want to work in the UK, you’ll need a national insurance number. Details on how to apply is on the government website.

10) Get your student discount and save more: You won’t be a student forever, so why not start using your benefits?
So, being a student in the UK, you get reduced prices on a number of items and services. UNIDAYS & STUDENT BEANS application gives you discounts on food deliveries and when you shop online. Download these apps to get your discounts now.

Finally, enjoy every moment, smile and remain positive. The UK is a beautiful place.

Please leave your comments below.

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London Lifestyle | Canary Wharf

Canary Wharf

London- A perfect city to socialise and learn about different culture. A city with iconic views. However, London is the most expensive city to live in the UK. Although, with restrictively high rent prices, the city continues to have increase in population.

Canary wharf views

📸 Presh Olives – I take all pictures myself with my phone.

 Canary wharf buildings features in the UK’s tallest list

These days, Canary Wharf is one of the United Kingdom’s two international financial centres, alongside the City of London.

Canary Wharf also offers urban living at its best- with stunning modern architecture, impressive public spaces, great transport links, with iconic views.

Living in Canary Wharf

An iconic fixture of the London skyline and headquarters of some the largest global financial businesses. It also boasts a vibrant array of excellent restaurants, shopping centres of which overlooks prime waterside positions with fantastic views.

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How I Started Writing – Presh Olives

I’ve decided to share my writing journey. I hope this inspires someone.

Many years ago, I sat in the classroom writing a love story. I had a little notebook. In my little notebook, I wrote my beautiful story. I had just started my junior secondary school. I sat on the chair by the window side. There, I imagined how beautiful it was to finally fall in love, get married and have beautiful kids. During lunch break in school, I’ll sit and try to write at least a page. As a kid, I was incredibly observant. I also was very quiet, but aware of my surroundings. This helped me to focus and write well.

I remember then, a classmate found this little note book of mine, read it and she became intrested in it. During lunch break she’d walk up to me and say “Precious, have you written another page”? She wanted to read the story till the end.

I was quite amazed that she found whatever I was writing interesting.
Little did she know that her act, was an encouragement for me.

I continued writing, but mostly about nature and love. I was a young girl, I had no experience about love but I knew it was a beautiful thing. How did I know this? Of course, I watched love movies!

In final class in secondary school, I won the top prize for the Nigeria’s independence day essay competition in the school. I remember being called out on the assembly ground and announced the winner. This was a huge motivation for me.
After then, I realised I’ve developed a passion for writing. I started writing articles on politics and lifestyle and pushing towards getting them published on the national newspapers. At this time I was in my third year of studies towards a Bachelor’s in Microbiology.

I also channelled my writing to poems. I’d say poem writing is quite easy, but making the my poems rhyme can be quite tricky.
Later on, I decided to start a blog, I wanted to put my writing out there, inspire someone, share my experiences and continue doing what I love. Yes, I love writing!
This was what actually drove me to start my blog in 2014. Luckily, I got my articles published on national newspapers before graduation from the University (Bachelor’s). During NYSC, I worked for a national newspaper for a while and I continued writing and blogging.

Summing Up

The blogging journey has been amazing. I’ve grown as a writer.
Writing can be challenging, but here’s the fun part- writing helps you share your experiences without stressing you out, helping you eliminate stress. In addition, you educate others by writing freely from the comfort of your home or work. Writing also increases your creativity, thereby helping you learn more from others and gaining exposure.

For those who have started writing, but not sure if they want to continue. DON’T GIVE UP. YOUR WRITING MIGHT INSPIRE SOMEONE AND CHANGE LIVES. KEEP WRITING!

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UK lockdown: Life in the UK

I’m an outdoor person. I enjoy going out alone or with friends to have fun and take some pictures. When the isolation started officially, I tried to adjust to things to carry on with life normally, and try to get myself involved with some indoor activities to make myself busy at home.

Watching the news was like watching a horror movie. I had to stop watching the news for a while. So much going on, I just want everything to get back to normal.

Working from home initially was fun. After a while, I began to miss the outside world. I miss going out, meeting with colleagues, having fun and talking about the projects for the month.

One positive thing I can’t complain about is constant electricity and internet. I can watch movies, and do so much with my free internet.
The weather also is beautiful. The sun is shining, sending a sign to Britain, for people to see the sunny side of things.

However, even in this period, I have comminucated with everyone that matters to me. My family and close friends. Staying connected with the ones you love, totally help ease the stress and keeps you smiling.

Remember, there’s going to be plenty of things to do after lockdown, so look on the brighter side of things and cheer up.

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”– Joshua 1 vs 9