There’s Something I Am Dying to Tell You

I’ve been keeping a secret from you, but can’t hold it back anymore.

I’m moving to London in September!

London Eye, London (UK)

I got the offer to move within the company and the current department I work for to London. Although the tasks and projects will still remain the same, this is a big jump in my career. In the new office, I will no longer have someone sitting next to me whom I could ask anything in case of doubt. I’ll be responsible to develop new business opportunities with UK-based bankers, I will be in between our in-house metals and energy traders and the external financing resources.

Thoughts and emotions have been roller-coasting in my head.

Can I hold up to my company’s expectations?
Do I want to move into the exact opposite of Switzerland?
Do I want to go through all the phases of culture shock, again?
Will I be able to deal with all the fog and rain?

Some of Switzerland’s characteristics I’ve loved before even arriving in the country, and others I’ve learned to appreciate with time. But, as any other place in the World, there are cultural aspects that, although I have partly learned how to live with, I do not share.

There will be countless peculiarities I’ll miss from Switzerland – more than I had ever thought I would – but there are also some luxuries I’ve missed from living in big cities. Not to mention about living in a country where I can make myself understandable without pointing on things and making ridiculous descriptions.

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38 thoughts on “There’s Something I Am Dying to Tell You

  1. That’s great news! Change can be really good for the soul. You must try the famous London curry houses. I missed that when I was there last year. So, I charge you with the task of being my proxy in these matters. πŸ™‚

  2. wow that’s awesome!! looking forward to hear about your adventures in London!! btw, i like your new white, clean design!! (i’m currently working on my homepage design and it”s hard… don’t wanna change too much, but i want something new!!) wishing you all the best in london!!
    Franzi

  3. Congrats on your promotion! I’ve always wanted to live in London and look forward to reading about your adventures there, but please don’t stop writing about cheese πŸ™‚

  4. Lucky lucky lucky girl! I’m beyond jelly, I dream of the day I can move to England! I can’t wait to see all your new adventures in London! Congrats!

  5. That’s really awesome! That’s what I love about Europe; you have a lot of different countries around you and if you visit them, it’s like visiting something different each time. Here in the U.S, all I have is Canada and Mexico, really. There’s a lot of states but I’ve visited most of them already and it’s pretty much the same thing each time, honestly. The cities have the same atmosphere and it’s not like visiting a foreign country at all.

    At least you’re not changing the theme of your blog — I wish you luck with your new job (well, it’s the same job just new location, right? I don’t really know what to call that)!

  6. Wow! That is very exciting news!! Not to worry about the food – it is very ethnically diverse, so you are sure to find a new favorite. I don’t care for traditional British food, but there is a lot more to chose from. Let me know how I can help you πŸ™‚ Also, there are lots of expat women groups that will help you get plugged in – check out http://www.FAWCO.org for one near your area- started by Americans but has become internationally diverse. XOL

  7. congrats on the move!! That is so exciting!! I know all about missing Switzerland though … it is such a magical place. But so is London! i think you’ll fall in love too.

    PS
    Sooo glad I just found your blog. no following via GFC (:

  8. Hey, I found your blog on ftlob. I am also an expat, living in Denmark. I am so happy I came across your blog, I love fellow expat blogs! I am so jealous you are moving to London. I had my first visit there in February, and fell absolutely in love! I also see you are going to (or maybe have been by now) to the Netherlands and Belgium. I was just there last month, and loved both places, especially Bruges, so if you have time to visit Bruges, along with Brussels, I would absolutely recommend it. Anyway, I look forward to reading more from you!

  9. That’s pretty cool! I went back to London last year (I used to go fairly often when I was a teen in the 90s, not that far from Brittany!) and I loved it. It’s a bit cheaper than it used to be and there is so much to do. I’m sure you’ll be great and you will have a blast!

  10. SO JEALOUS. I’m still stuck stateside. Congrats, you must be so excited and I can’t wait to read about your adventures from your new home!

  11. Congratulations! Such exciting news! And there are plenty of great foodie destinations in London, although probably not the gorgeous scenery of Switzerland…I’m sure you’ll love it!

  12. England does it’s dairy products right. I’ve enjoyed them enormously since I first got here. Congratulations on the job!

  13. OMG- LONDON is my favorite place in the world- I’m so, so, so happy and jealous! πŸ™‚ I don’t think I can contain my excitement over this for you! (And hopefully if we make it to the UK in the fall we can meet up!)

  14. This is exciting news indeed! I have enjoyed reading about your adventures in Switzerland and will enjoy learning more about Britain πŸ™‚ Change is a scary thing but you tackled Switzerland and am sure London will be yours in no time.

  15. Congratulations with your move! I love London, so can I just say, I have country envy…
    I probably will still be here in Switzerland so I look forward to read how you are settling in your soon to be new home.
    Maureen

  16. YAY, I am so excited for you πŸ™‚ Congrats on the job, moving, and starting a new chapter in your life πŸ™‚ So exciting!

    “What will I eat?” – Haha, I always ask this question too πŸ˜› When I lived in London, I found that cheese and milk were super cheap (in comparasion to Canadian prices anyway), so I ate/drank a lot of that. Meat, however, I found to be expensive πŸ˜› But let me say this– I HATE British food. Bangers and Mash??? Not my kind of thing, haha.

  17. Well that is exciting news!! Congrats! And great that you had so much time to really enjoy Switzerland. And all that cheese, yum. Can’t wait to see your adventures in the UK!

  18. I just stumbled over here from “anonymous was a woman” and have been looking around. So neat to see a young female taking on the world in all it’s travelled glory. This is my goal too, and come September I am relocated to Australia to teach! Nerve wracking, but totally necessary for the adventure:) I’m now following– I think I’ll take some good things from another blogger going through similar things as me in the travel/ work world.
    Thanks for sharing. xo
    Lauren

  19. And the blogger London meet-up will be when?!? πŸ˜€ Seriously though, if you need a helping hand when you get here send me a line. I know all about acclimation and having to get used to the London way of life! And congrats!

  20. Congratulations on the move and opportunity there. Looking forward to hearing more about expat life in London. I’ll keep Germany warm for you.

  21. I would be happy for you if I wasn’t too busy hating you, haha πŸ˜‰
    Seriously, I hope you have a great time and I’m sure you’ll nail all your challenges.

    If you ever need suggestions or anything about London, don’t hesitate to ask πŸ˜‰

  22. Congrats on the next step! I’m sure that you’ll learn to love London and if you don’t, well then, you can always move back! The food in London is so diverse that you don’t have to be worried about eating only British food (well I believe that anyway, I was only there for 2 days though!).

    I’m excited to read all about your new adventure!

  23. So excited for you, Katherina! How fun it will be for you to live the big city lifestyle! Congrats on your promotion (from the sounds of it!) and wishing you all of the best in your move. Until then, have fun soaking up the last bits of Switzerland!

  24. Hi Katherina! I saw your tweet and looked up your blog. V-e-r-y nice. Congrats on your new job in London and all my best wishes to you! Andrea Martins (ExpatWomen dot com) πŸ™‚

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