Buying a house is a daunting thing. Not only is it difficult and anxiety-inducing, it is also very expensive. So imagine doing all of that in an unknown country! I went through the process a while back and am happy to share my experience and give a few tips.
At the end of last year, Dave and I were looking around for hotel deals and found a Travelodge in Ludlow for £30 a night. I had never been to Ludlow, and he had been when he was a child with his school (one hundred years ago). Travelodge is not the fanciest, but hey, we were going to spend the day in the town, not at the hotel. We booked the Saturday night, weekend right before Valentine’s day.
At the beginning of the year, I made the decision to try to find a different hobby. My main hobby is playing video games, however, my husband is not a gamer. When I play video games I tend to ignore him and immerse myself in my little world. As much as he says that he doesn’t mind and that he enjoys seeing my happy, I really want to find something we can share. The blogging bug bit me again (after 19 years!) so what came to mind was to introduce him to my old hobby of photography and blogging.
When I made the decision to start this blog, I decided to whip out my circa 2003 external hard drives. I had to be in the right frame of mind and ready because the memories encompass all of my years at university and other aspects of my life. Sometimes it is hard to look back as it’s poignant. Not sad in a negative sense, but the feeling of longing. University was the best time of my life and I miss it. Rather than the school, I miss the people. Living in England and far away from my family and old friends is very hard. However, a comforting thought is that, regardless if I lived in the US, a lot of my friends would not live near me as we all moved to different states when we graduated. So it is okay that I am far. They are always just a plane ride away.
When I was 12 years old I started my first website. It was 1997 and the public Internet was brand new to Puerto Rico. My parents bought a second telephone line to the house in order to not interrupt the main house phone line. Back in the day, this was extravagant… but I was obsessed and wanted to be online all the time. My website was hosted on the now defunct Geocities. It was chock-full of crazy 90’s dancing stick figures and flashy GIFs. Most of all, I had pictures of NSYNC. Remember ICQ and then MSN messenger? I made a few friends from other countries, which I’m still friends with, and a lot of local friends. My life was defined by the Internet and still is.