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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.

Travel

London Bridge vs Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge is London’s defining landmark. It is the most recognised bridge in the United Kingdom. However, many confuse it with its neighbour, London Bridge.

In this post, I’ll try to state clear the difference.

London Bridge

London Bridge is a relatively plain  straightforward Bridge, whose simple purpose is to carry vehicles and pedestrians across the Thames. From London Bridge, it’s about 10 minutes walk to Tower Bridge. You can see from a distance the views of Tower Bridge, while standing on London Bridge. London Bridge and Tower Bridge are actually NEIGHBOURS.

Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge, one of the London’s most famous landmarks, it’s a suspension bridge on River Thames. It has two towers, in Victorian Gothic style.
Base of each tower holds machines that lift two parts of the bridge, so that the  bridge can allow passing of river traffic beneath it. Tower Bridge is located close to the Tower of London from which it got its name.

Views from London Bridge

It’s still unclear why many visitors in London, mix up Tower Bridge and London Bridge.

Certainly, It’s clear one of these bridges has a famous name across the globe, while the other is a stunning symbol of London.

lifestyle Travel

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.

Travel

West Yorkshire, England | Welcome to Yorkshire

West Yorkshire consists of five  metropolitan boroughs; City of Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, City of Leeds and City of Wakefield. West Yorkshire is a county in Yorkshire in the north of England. You’ll find very old structures in some parts of West Yorkshire. It’s largely industrial, but with a surprising amount of countryside.

 Leeds is West Yorkshire’s biggest city and main transport hub. It has the best shopping, dining and drinking, and a modern shopping centre. The city has so many stunning buildings and cultural landmarks to discover. To discover leeds, you need to set aside a weekend to explore and discover the city.

The University of Leeds is one of the largest Universities in the country. The University of Leeds is a public research university in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England. It was established in 1874 as the Yorkshire College of Science.

Leeds-Bradford Airport (LBA IATA) is the major airport in West Yorkshire. It’s a base for budget airline Jet2, and also served by Ryanair, and has decent connections across western Europe.

Fun things to do in West Yorkshire

– Go down a coal mine at Wakefield’s National Mining Museum.

– Watch football: the leading teams are Leeds United and Huddersfield Town, both in the Championship.

– Discover a romantic paradise in the Peaks and Pennines
Location: Holmfirth, West Yorkshire

– Visit: Eureka! The National Children’s Museum in Halifax, England

faith

Trusting God In Hard Times

God hasn’t promised sun without rain. Not in this present world. But he has promised to be with us.The Bible is full of God’s promises and reminders about him being with us.

When life seems full of pain, we need to remember what Paul said to Timothy about “endurance”.
The Christian race isn’t all smooth. It’s not an easy path. In the Christian race, you may have to go through some difficult times.

But the question is…Will you endure to the finish? In the Christian race, will you be faithful through all of the hardships? However, God has promised us that he will keep us and save us. But the process is not automatic. We must endure hardship as good soldiers of the lord and as leaders.

Often, we are trapped by our unbelief and fear, but God is preparing us for the end-time harvest. He wants us to be disciplined and prepared.

God didn’t say everything was going to be smooth, but he assured us that he is going to see us through all the hard times.

Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego showed us in the Bible how to worship God in hard times. They were able to trust and worship God in difficult Situations. God delivered them, same God is ready to deliver you from every situation. All you need is to trust in him.

When things go wrong, as a Christian, I know it can be devastating, but remember that 1 John 5:14 says “And this is the confidence that we have towards him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us.”

God hears us, he knows when we need him, therefore your prayers will never go unheard.

Let me put a smile on your face…

Do you know that with God on our side, we have nothing to fear?
For he has promised us that he is with us. Joshua 1:9 says “Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”

And please put your trust in God, Trust him alone.

Psalm 118:8
“It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in man.

And remember that Hebrews 11:1
Says “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. Put your faith into action…. And fear not!

2 Timothy 4:18
“The Lord will rescue me from every evil deed and bring me safely into his heavenly kingdom.

For all God’s promises are YES and AMEN. Trust in him alone!