The Garden at 120- The free-to-enter roof garden is reachable via a lift. Needless to say, the views are absolutely spectacular at the Garden at 120. From the roof garden you’ll see The Shard, Tower Bridge, and you can also see Canary Wharf’s Towers.
It’s also free to enter. If you’re visiting London, you should check this out.
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 citieshaha”. (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.
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.
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.