After my arrival in London, I travelled in a taxi to “Luton” where my school is located. Initially, I was with a friend for few days before I rented a place to live in. After arriving in Luton, I was super excited to the extent that my friend even called me a “bush girl”. ?
The very first night, I was excited about the free WiFi and the beautiful environment but the weather was freezing!!
Before I arrived in the UK, I didn’t use to wear trousers and I didn’t have any. I wasn’t used to wearing them. The weather was freezing, the next day I ran to the mall to buy trousers.? Thank God my friend was living close to the mall.
The 3rd day I went to school “University of Bedfordshire” for registration. The registration process was so fast, no filling of forms, all registration process done online. Took me few minutes, no standing or lining up. After that, my friend took me round the school for a while also, I was just amazed by the perfect structure. I kept taking lots of pictures.
University of Bedfordshire
My first lecture…
During my first lecture, I didn’t understand what the lecturer was saying. The accent, he’s British! But before the lecture ended I was understanding the accent better. The lecture room was comfortable. Beautiful environment, I just sat there wondering. Another thing amazed me, no one was writing in their notes, just me! I was taking notes. All the students were typing on their laptops. I wasn’t the only black girl in class but I guess I was the new one in town.
A lecture room at the University of Bedfordshire
And yea, the food in the UK…
A plate of rice in any African restaurant is about £8 or more that’s like N4,000 naira. It was cheaper for me to go to the African market to buy food stuffs and cook rather than eating out. But some foods are cheap, chicken is a popular british food. It’s one of the cheapest things you will get in the UK. You can get chicken and chips for about £2. Chicken wings and small chips. Quite affordable.
I’m a lady who loves photography, I love to explore, I enjoy taking pictures on the beautiful streets of London.
After about few weeks, I settled down well. Made more friends, got used to the British system faster than I thought and even gained weight. Lol!
How do I even begin to write?
Alright, I’m just going to start from the beginning. Finally, the day came. I was leaving Nigeria to the UK to study. I boarded the plane going to London Heathrow Airport from Lagos, Nigeria. I didn’t even begin to think about things to do after arrival at the airport in London, all I thought about was how I was going to take pictures on the famous London bridge, eat UK chicken peri-peri and make lots of Oyibo friends and also speak with British accent…lol!
The journey was quite smooth, I was flying Virgin Atlantic for the first time and it was also my first time flying international. I sat comfortably with zero worries and enjoyed my flight, I flew business class so it was pretty much comfortable. The food was also great, I was also served many glasses of wine and juice. Beautiful service from the crew.
It was a great flight, I had a chat with an Old man sitting close to me, we chatted for a while and I got to know he has been living in the UK before I was born..lol. I told him it was my first time going abroad though..and I guess he knew obviously because I kept asking questions about how to do things on my seat. He was such a nice man.
…And I finally arrived in London
I’m in London, Oh yes! “Really, I’m in london” I said to myself. That beautiful place I see in the papers and on the TV. I’m here!
The plane made a safe landing on the runway. I arrived at terminal 3. Oh, it was a long walk to the immigration officers. I think I walked about 10 minutes or more. I got my visa checked, my admission letter and documents checked, and finally went through. I got my luggage set and headed to get a taxi.
Getting outside the airport, it was freezing!!! I arrived in January and it was still winter and I wasn’t even wearing a proper winter jacket. Well,
I wasn’t really bothered about the cold, all I wanted to do was take pictures at that particular moment but no one was available to take my pictures as everyone were busy with their lives at the airport. So, I got on a taxi and headed straight to school where the journey officially began.
I would be sharing on my next post how things went on in the UK. Subscribe and don’t miss out!
Hello everyone! I hope 2018 has been good to everyone. It has been over a year since I pressed the paused button on this blog. At that time, I wasn’t sure when I was going to get back to blogging because I had to go for my masters. Getting to the united kingdom, I realised I had to increase focus and concentration. I found myself in a new environment, different culture and society.
I decided to put blogging aside for a while but I promised myself to come back after masters. Yes, it has taken me a long time to provide an update, but I didn’t decide on when to start blogging until quite recently.
Regarding blogging, I recently decided it was time to keep my readers updated on my blog.
I actually didn’t expect to stay away for this many months, but the time went by quickly. As the months went by, I found out that I’ve really missed blogging and I stopped writing too. But at the same time, I realized that taking a break from blogging has actually helped me increase my focus as a blogger, realising what blog content I should focus on, and also realising what interests me most in blogging. Taking a break made me know a lot more about myself and what I was actually capable of achieving.
Over time, I really wanted to write more and post more on this blog but I realised that at the same time I had to remain focus.
Once I better understood where I work best, I began to design my blog around my strengths. During my long blogging break, I started to think of what I could do best to improve my blogging skills. I told myself I had to stop doing things that I wasn’t very good at or that drained my energy.
Anything that wasn’t in my “zone of genius” was written off as it was only taking my time. Writing may take your time so you need to do what you’re really good at and not resting around your weaknesses.
Well, my blog contents remains almost the same, some categories removed and new categories added, but a brand new blog design which looks amazing to me!
I will be posting about my life experience in the United kingdom, travel stories as I travelled to some exciting cities and planning to make some soon. Britain is and has always been a mixed race society, so I embraced people from different cultures. Also I’ll be posting poems,quotes,stories and lifestyle articles.
I would try as much as possible to keep my posts short as a lot of people really don’t cherish long articles. Short and well detailed articles works better for me, I like my readers to be well engaged when reading my blog posts. Well, a new beginning for me and I’m excited and I hope you love reading my posts just like I love writing them. I will also keep my eyes on the comments, feedback, and suggestions I receive from readers to improve on all aspects.
“Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence.”
Aristotle said this more than 2,000 years ago. And it still holds true today. What is the true purpose of life, if not to live a happy life until we die?
Happiness is one of the most sought-after goals in life, yet for many it seems to be elusive. It’s easy to delude ourselves into thinking, “When I just have that nice house and new car, then I can be happy.” But in reality, happiness is available to all of us, right now. A big house or a new car won’t actually make you happier; it’s the simple joys in life that bring true happiness. Read on to learn 12 simple ways that you can start living a happier life today.
1. Do What You Love
If your passion is playing soccer, writing poems, or teaching children how to swim, make time to do it. You’ll find that when you’re doing what you love, you’re filled with joy. How much better does that sound than forcing yourself do something you don’t like?
2. Help Others
Sometimes after we’ve achieved our own personal goals, we still feel empty inside because we haven’t made a meaningful contribution to someone else’s life. When we volunteer or help others, it feels good to just be of service to someone else. The impact we make feels fulfilling and is a big potential source for our own happiness.
3. Be Thankful
When you think of all the things that you have to be grateful for, you realize how blessed you already are. Without even realizing it, we take our basic necessities for granted a roof over your head and plenty of food to eat. By appreciating the things that you already have, you’ll begin to feel happier in your life.
4. Share With Others
When we share our thoughts, our time, and our abilities with others we feel better for it. A life lived without sharing can become lonely. When you share with others, they’ll feel great towards you and help you to feel more joy in your own life.
5. Smile More
Practice smiling more and see how it affects you internally, as well as those around you. You can always afford to give a smile. Smiling can make you happy even if you have to force it, you’ll still feel better.
When was the last time you went to the gym or worked out? Exercise reduces stress.
Playing sports is a fun way to exercise as well, whether it’s kicking around a soccer ball or shooting hoops.
7. Find Ways to Manage Stress
Don’t let stress rob you of your birthright to be happy. You deserve to be happy, and it wouldn’t be right to let stress get in the way. Practices such as meditation can help you to manage stress better and feel great.
8. Eat Healthy
It’s much more challenging to feel truly happy when you’re sick. But when you eat right, you feel better both physically and mentally. And you’ll avoid that guilty feeling that you just pigged out on junk food.
9. Spend Time With Your Loved Ones
There’s no replacement for spending quality time with your loved ones. We’re social beings, even if you’re an introvert or a loner. People love spending time with their friends and family for good conversation, bonding, and some laughs. Life’s too short to live it completely alone.
10. Dump Negative Thinking
You already know that negative thinking will bring you down. So how do you stop it? Become more aware of it and try replacing your negative thoughts with some positive ones. Spend less time with negative people and more time with positive people.
11. Forgive and Forget
Holding a grugde will harm you more than the person you’re holding it against. Ask yourself, “What would it take for me to let go of the past?” and notice how you feel when you let go of your anger for a few seconds. Focus instead on a bright future and you’ll feel better for it.
12. Be Yourself
Don’t waste your life time living someone else’s life. Accept who you are, just be yourself, and you’ll feel a world of difference.
Back pain sends more patients to doctors than any condition other than the common cold. It’s the fifth most common reason for hospitalizations and the third most common cause of surgery. And 56% of people with lower-back aches say symptoms disrupt their daily routines, including sleep and sex. Talk about a pain in the back.
There are many possible causes of back pain, which means there are also many non-invasive solutions, according to Todd Sinett, a chiropractor and coauthor of The Truth about Back Pain. “Back pain is rarely one catastrophic event,” he says, “but several situations combining to create pain.” And it turns out that some seemingly insignificant everyday habits can take a big toll on your back over time.
Here, the top mistakes that may be causing your aches and how to correct them for good:
1. You have a long commute.
Hunching over a steering wheel can tighten chest muscles and cause your shoulders to round. Slumping posture can zap energy and make you look heavier, not to mention cause back and neck problems. Back pain is the number one complaint of the patients of Darran W. Marlow, DC, director of the chiropractic division at the Texas Back Institute, and he advises them to first think about their driving posture.
Fix it: “Be sure you sit at a 90-degree angle, close to the wheel so you don’t have to stretch,” he says. “Extending your leg puts your back in a compromised position, but many people don’t even realize they’re doing it.”
2. You’re a desk jockey.
Did you know that sitting puts 40% more pressure on your spine than standing? But let’s be honest: Maintaining proper posture is probably the last thing you’re thinking about when under a work deadline. And on a jam-packed day, regular stretching breaks may not seem like a wise way to spend your time. But skipping these habits may cause your back to suffer. That’s because back muscles will weaken if you don’t use them; inactive joints lose lubrication and age more quickly.
Fix it: Sitting at a 135-degree angle can reduce compression of the discs in the spine, so lean back slightly every now and then. Do it when you take a phone call or a coworker stops by to chat, Sinett recommends. Make sure your office chair supports the curve of your spine, he says: Your lower back should be supported, and your head should be straight—not lurching forward—when you look at your computer screen. Get up and walk around for a couple of minutes every half hour—take trips to get water, use the bathroom, or grab papers off the printer.
3. You skip the gym.
Get moving to alleviate aches and pains andfix back pain faster. Research shows that 40% of people become less active after back pain strikes a strategy that’s likely to delay healing or even make their condition worse.
Fix it: In fact, most sufferers would benefit from more exercise particularly frequent walks, which ease stiffness, says spine surgeon Raj Rao, MD. For instant relief, he recommends stretching your hamstrings and hips.
4. Your mattress is really old.
Can’t remember the last time you replaced it? Your back may be in trouble. A good mattress lasts 9 to 10 years, according to the National Sleep Foundation, but consider replacing yours every 5 to 7 years if you don’t sleep well or your back throbs. A study at Oklahoma State University found that most people who switched to new bedding after 5 years slept significantly better and had less back pain.
Fix it: When you do replace your mattress, take a Goldilocks approach: Pick one that’s not too squishy or too hard. Very firm mattresses can increase pressure on the spine and worsen pain, say Spanish researchers. A study of 313 people revealed that those who caught Zzzs on medium-firm mattresses were more likely to report pain improvement than those on firmer ones. To help ease nighttime discomfort even more, tuck a pillow under your knees if you sleep on your back, between your knees if you’re a side sleeper, or beneath your stomach and hips if you snooze on your belly.
5. You don’t do yoga.
By improving circulation and lowering stress, just about any kind of exercise promotes back pain recovery. But yoga may be best. University of Washington researchers say yoga eases lower-back pain faster than conventional exercises. In a different study, 101 patients were randomly assigned to one of three groups. The first group took weekly yoga classes and practiced at home; the second group participated in weekly exercise sessions developed by a physical therapist, plus practiced at home; and the third group received a self-help back care book. After three months, the yoga group had better back-related functioning, compared with the other two groups. And after 6 months, patients who took yoga reported less back pain and better back-related functioning. Because it promotes deep breathing and relaxation, as well as stretching and strength, yoga may help with both emotional and structural triggers of back pain.
6. You’re a crunch addict.
Sit-ups and crunches may actually cause more back pain than they prevent, according to Sinett. We hear all the time how a strong core protects your back, which is true. But crunches don’t work the ab muscles that stabilize your back. In fact, they can contribute to pain by causing what Sinett calls core imbalance, “a condition of excessive compression, which results in the spine curving forward in a C-like shape.”
Fix it: You don’t have to ditch crunches entirely, but you should do them slowly and use proper form. Include them as part of a broader core workout that also strengthens your transverse abdominus. This muscle is particularly important for a strong, steady core that supports your back, and the best way to strengthen it is with (non-crunch!)exercises like these. Added bonus: you’ll whittle your middle and beat hard-to-torch belly fat while improving posture and relieving back pain.
7. You’re not the best eater.
Research shows that eating habits that are good for your heart, weight, and blood sugar are also good for your back. Finnish research found that people who suffered from back pain were more likely to have clogged arteries to the spine than healthy control subjects. Healthy circulation brings nutrients to the spine and removes waste, says Sinett. If this doesn’t happen, inflammation can result, and inflammatory chemicals in the back can trigger nerves to send pain signals to the brain.
Fix it: A back-healthy diet is one that reduces inflammation, according to the The Truth about Back Pain. The book’s plan advises avoiding excess caffeine and processed foods (read ingredient labels for the following: hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils, enriched wheat flour, words ending in -ìose, and additives that end in -ìates or -ites), and eating more whole grains, soy, nuts and seeds, protein (chicken, fish, lean meat), vegetables, and fruit.
8. You love high heels Or flip-flops.
Both lead to foot instability, which can in turn affect your back. High heels force you to arch your back, making your spinal muscles work harder. Backless shoes like sandals cause your feet to move from side to side, according to Sinett, which distributes your body weight unevenly and can cause pain.
Fix it: You don’t have to forgo trendy footwear—just don’t walk long distances in them. Commute in comfy flats or supportive sneakers, and consider adding cushioning inserts to uncomfy shoes. When Lehigh University researchers gave back-pain sufferers lightweight, flexible shoes with simple cushions, 80% reported significant relief within a year. (Try these 4 exercises for high-heel wearers.)
9. You ignore the pain.
Trying to block out pain could make it worse, finds research from the Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. A better approach: Let yourself consciously experience the hurt. In a standard pain test, psychologists had 68 back-pain sufferers plunge their hands or feet into ice water. When the volunteers were instructed to suppress the shock of the icy water, a key muscle in the back clenched. In contrast, the muscle didn’t tense up when volunteers thought only about the shock. Over time, an increase in muscle tension intensifies pain, says lead researcher John W. Burns, PhD.
Fix it: Accepting pain may be the best way to mentally cope. “Try thinking about the sensory details of the experience, not the negative emotions,” says Burns. “If you have a back spasm, describe the pain to yourself—if it’s burning or throbbing—and remind yourself that it will pass.”