Here’s an excerpt from an email I recently sent out. I think it just about sums up daily life (at least at first).
As for daily life, things have been surprising. London, for being a world power and the seat of Europe’s academic and financial business, can seem like basically a third world country when it comes to customer service (none), processing paperwork (weeks and it may have to be restarted), finding a place to live (a fanatical, fear-driven “get-what-you-can-when-you-can” supply/ demand), and standard of living (crazy expensive plus the unfavorable exchange rate).
There have been plenty of frustrations–many of which, yes, would be the case no matter where in the world we were living because moving is a huge and incredible headache; some of which are completely unique to London life.
But really and truly, that is to be expected and God has been gracious with us and the transition: we didn’t lose any luggage, we found a flat and moved in within one week of landing, we have bank accounts set up with access to our money in pounds, our flat is cheery with lots of light, our flat included all kitchen accessories (cutlery, plates, glasses, and basic cookware), we ended up living less than 1/2 a mile from our friends Claude and Mary Elizabeth (KD with me at UGA!)… the list goes on and on and on.
Great is His faithfulness.