Yep, you read that right, this Welsh gal is moving up north – to Manchester!!
We both have new jobs that we’re looking forward to starting – I’ll be working at Havas Lynx, a healthcare advertising agency with a truly glittering reputation (literally – they have so so many trophies for all the amazing work they’ve done!) – I can’t wait to get stuck in there. Dom is still training to be an accountant, but has also found a job, with British Engineering.
We’ll be heading up towards the end of March 2019, so expect a pack-up-your-life-and-move blog post, along with a brand new flat tour afterwards!
I know some people will be asking why we’re moving out of London, but there’s a pretty easy answer for this: we’re done. London has been our home for the last 3 and a half years, and don’t get me wrong – we’ve absolutely loved living here, with all the opportunities its given us. But we never planned on living here forever, so we’re looking for a fresh start somewhere new. It’s true that Dom’s family live near Manchester, so one of the benefits will be that we’re closer to his family, but he’s never lived in the city centre so it’ll feel new for both of us.
Some other reasons why we’re really excited to pack up and head up north are:
- The cost of living: oh my god guys, I know people know that London is expensive, but when you live here you just get used to it. Everything is so much cheaper – from rent, to meals out and the cinema (£6 per person as opposed to £14!!) – so we’re excited to be able to save some ££ for a change!
- The commute: the move will be a change for me – from an hour door to door, on sweaty London public transport, to a 20 minute walk. I absolutely LOVE walking and will choose it over public transport whenever I can, so this is something I’m really looking forward to.
- RideLondon training: as you know, Dom and I are taking part in RideLondon this August. Dom’s dad, Paul, is a massive cycling fan so we’ll be able to pop over for our training sessions (I wouldn’t even know where to start with trying to find a 5-hour route!!)
- The size: both Dom and I grew up near quite major UK cities (Cardiff and Manchester) but London really is something else in terms of size! We’re so used to everything taking about an hour to get to – so it’ll be great to be able to get across the city in half an hour… on foot!
- The Christmas markets: if you know me, you know how much I love winter and the build up to Christmas. Manchester supposedly has one of the best Christmas markets in the UK – and I’m so ready to see what its got!!
- Being closer to the country: while we’ll still be living in a city-centre environment, we’ll be so much closer to fields and fields of countryside and I for one cannot wait! There’s just something about being out of a city thats really calming, and although it doesn’t have the benefit of being by the sea (as Cardiff does), it’s definitely a step up from London.
One thing that we will have to get used to is the colder environment – London kind of has it’s own microclimate so it barely rains and it’s always pretty mild temperature-wise. However, being from south Wales and Manchester, we were both brought up in the wind and rain, so I’ve got a feeling we’ll be absolutely fine!
We’re really excited for this new chapter and new location, and if you have any recommendations for things we really need to try / visit in Manchester or even just the North in general (I’ve lived a pretty sheltered life Northern England-wise!), please drop a comment down below.