Keeping up with Radiant (Life in London)

 

Hi guys. I know you've not heard from me in a while. Really, I have no excuses. I could say I've had a lot on my plate like relocating to London, writing a professional exam, starting an internship, and all that jazz, but the truth is - I've been pretty lazy. Nothing should be enough to distract me from doing what I love the most. So, I'm really sorry I haven't met your expectations. I'm sorry for the times you've visited my blog, all to see that I had not posted anything new. I know that feeling. Like all those days of going on YouTube to check if SGIT Season 4 was out. I just gave up. But thankfully, it's back now. Just that it is being released in aliquots and I'm not good with suspense. I think I might just wait till the whole season is out and then watch everything at once. 

So to catch up with what has been going on with me lately. Firstly, I am now a Masters in Public Health degree holder. Yippee! I am soooooo grateful for the past year, even though I was almost regretting that I did not make the distinction I so longed and worked for. I got a Merit instead and you know how it is - your mind tells you, 'if only you had worked harder in that one course that brought down your marks', 'if only you spent more time studying', 'if only you didn't have to work'. But looking on the bright side, I can say I had a great year. I got the chance to explore different things. I sang in the choir every Sunday, I performed Superman on stage, I launched a food business and got a few customers and learnt some business lessons too, I worked as a catering assistant so I understand more about the hospitality industry, I wrote my professional exams, I blogged (at least, to some extent) and I acquired new skills during the Masters programme (which I'm applying in my current internship). I also made friends and acquaintances. So I can say it was indeed a great year. My regret though is that I did not learn the guitar which has been on my priority list for so long; and less importantly, I did not visit any other European country. 

Secondly, I am now a Londoner and I'm trying to adjust to the cost of living and pace of life here. To begin with, my rent is almost twice what it was in Nottingham, whereas the room is about half the size of the one in Notts. Next, transportation cost is something else. Plus the human traffic at the underground train (tube) stations every morning. This morning I decided to take a bus to work instead of the tube because I heard that bus travel is cheaper. So I woke up very early. My dearest Google Map had said it would take 48 minutes, but I gave a one-hour leeway, just in case. The traffic was terrible, almost a gridlock. My bus driver had to end the journey abruptly and gave us temp tickets to board another bus. Story was that there was an accident early in the morning. People were dismounting and continuing their journeys on foot. Who was going to board another bus when all buses were in the same boat? I had no idea how to get to work from where he'd stopped us because I had no internet on my phone. After much perambulating, I got to work one hour late full of apologies. I can now understand why the tube is always jam-packed with people even though it's costlier. What I can't wrap my head around is how I'd buy a return train ticket to travel outside London and on my return journey I'd stand up throughout the journey because all the seats are occupied. I just don't get it. Y'all Londoners, please give me top tips on surviving in London so I don't have to learn from several bad experiences. Looking forward to your comments. Ciao. 

Radiant ~ October 2017

13 comments

  • Fatai

    Fatai Nottingham

    Well done, Radiant. All the best and stay safe in London.

    Well done, Radiant. All the best and stay safe in London.

  • Ifeoluwa

    Ifeoluwa Lagos

    Just do what I have been threatening my family I'd do. Buy a powerbike! LOL

    Just do what I have been threatening my family I'd do. Buy a powerbike! LOL

  • Agu

    Agu Enugu

    Wow, cheers.

    Wow, cheers.

  • Likita

    Likita Uk

    Welldone Babes!!! 👏👏great work!!! NO need for regrets! You've done really well! Besides, playing the guitar is still on the table.... Good luck with London commute 🙈I can stand the crowds, but not getting a seat is the nightmare😂😂 😘😘😘

    Welldone Babes!!! 👏👏great work!!!
    NO need for regrets! You've done really well! Besides, playing the guitar is still on the table....
    Good luck with London commute 🙈I can stand the crowds, but not getting a seat is the nightmare😂😂
    😘😘😘

  • Mariam c4

    Mariam c4 Lagos

    It's like Lagos allover again (with no "tube" though 😂). I agree with ife on the power bike advice too but you can start with a scooter..... Well done radiant. God's best with your internship. I'm interested in the food business you launched. Talk more on it

    It's like Lagos allover again (with no "tube" though 😂). I agree with ife on the power bike advice too but you can start with a scooter.....
    Well done radiant. God's best with your internship. I'm interested in the food business you launched. Talk more on it

  • Jaysleek

    Jaysleek Ankara turkey

    Yeah, Big congrats to you. All the best

    Yeah,
    Big congrats to you.
    All the best

  • Jay Jay Ajagu

    Jay Jay Ajagu Nnewi, Nigeria

    Wow!! The disparity in standard of living between the 2 cities is striking!! l hope the room is spacious enough oo! Meanwhile, Congratulations on your accomplishments this past year. Hope u start your guitar lessons soon enough. ..itching to hear renditions from your interrosei & lumbricals. All the Best!!!!

    Wow!! The disparity in standard of living between the 2 cities is striking!! l hope the room is spacious enough oo!
    Meanwhile, Congratulations on your accomplishments this past year.
    Hope u start your guitar lessons soon enough. ..itching to hear renditions from your interrosei & lumbricals.
    All the Best!!!!

  • Kingsley

    Kingsley Lagos

    Congrats Chi! Wish you the very best...

    Congrats Chi! Wish you the very best...

  • Radiant

    Radiant London, UK

    @Fatai, Agu, Ife, JayJay, Jaysleek, Mariam, Likita and Kingsley. Thank you all for your kind wishes.

    @Fatai, Agu, Ife, JayJay, Jaysleek, Mariam, Likita and Kingsley. Thank you all for your kind wishes.

  • Shimonkepha

    Shimonkepha Port Harcourt

    I believe with time you'll get adjusted to the hustle and bustle of the city. God keep you safe.

    I believe with time you'll get adjusted to the hustle and bustle of the city.
    God keep you safe.

  • Adebukola

    Adebukola Nigeria

    Congratulations darling, wish you all the best.

    Congratulations darling, wish you all the best.

  • Dr. Ceekay

    Dr. Ceekay IIford

    Congrats darling. .... You have done really well for yourself. God will give you strength to deal with things you cannot change . You will get used to standing in the tube.

    Congrats darling. .... You have done really well for yourself. God will give you strength to deal with things you cannot change . You will get used to standing in the tube.

  • Chinedu

    Chinedu Lagos, NG

    Wow.. Great stuff Chidiogo! Congratulations on your Masters degree. I don't see a need for regrets, the other experiences are just so much for a year and I think you could still play the guitar some day. Life in the city comes with its hassles, but like every new comer, you will set-in with time. All the best Chidiogo!

    Wow.. Great stuff Chidiogo! Congratulations on your Masters degree. I don't see a need for regrets, the other experiences are just so much for a year and I think you could still play the guitar some day.

    Life in the city comes with its hassles, but like every new comer, you will set-in with time.
    All the best Chidiogo!

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