London

 Sitting here in our little studio apartment in southern Italy we finally forced ourselves to write our first blog. Why in the world are we out here? What is our plan? Where else do we plan to go? No idea. We just knew we had to pack up everything we own and leave. We needed a change of pace. We needed to break out of the 9-5 before it claimed us for good.   So here we are, two weeks into our adventure. We’ll explain later about why Italy and how we found a place to stay and shore more photos of our charming town, but today, let’s talk about London. We found flights from Vancouver BC to London for $120 so that became our travel route. I feel like London is the perfect first stop. Everything is different from the states but at least they speak English.

Sitting here in our little studio apartment in southern Italy we finally forced ourselves to write our first blog. Why in the world are we out here? What is our plan? Where else do we plan to go? No idea. We just knew we had to pack up everything we own and leave. We needed a change of pace. We needed to break out of the 9-5 before it claimed us for good. 

So here we are, two weeks into our adventure. We’ll explain later about why Italy and how we found a place to stay and shore more photos of our charming town, but today, let’s talk about London. We found flights from Vancouver BC to London for $120 so that became our travel route. I feel like London is the perfect first stop. Everything is different from the states but at least they speak English.

 Apps that have proved to be useful so far  - Maps:  HERE Maps ,  Citymapper ,  Maps.me   - Phone Calls:  Hangouts ,  WeTalk

Apps that have proved to be useful so far

- Maps: HERE Maps, Citymapper, Maps.me

- Phone Calls: Hangouts, WeTalk

 The streets are full of magic, the people are beautiful, you can sit and listen to them talk all day long. We stayed in the Shoreditch/London Fields area (the Portland of London?) but honestly you could stay anywhere near a bus stop and be good. The public transport is so quick and so easy to navigate.   Random Tips:  - Buy a pay-as-you-go Oyster card (we did a 7 day one and it was $100 for the two of us. Later I found out you can do a pay-as-you-go card and you can save some money)  - If you have T-Mobile you get free data and texting on your phone here just at really slow speeds but enough to get you around. If not, you can buy a cheap data plan to use while you're here to use.  - You'll need your phone unlocked to use these other companies, either buy a phone from amazon, craigslist that's already unlocked would be the easiest method.  - You don’t tip in restaurants, it’s worked into the bill.  - Don’t book a 6am flight out of London. The tube/busses will not start early enough to get you there so you’ll need to get a separate shuttle. 

The streets are full of magic, the people are beautiful, you can sit and listen to them talk all day long. We stayed in the Shoreditch/London Fields area (the Portland of London?) but honestly you could stay anywhere near a bus stop and be good. The public transport is so quick and so easy to navigate. 

Random Tips:

- Buy a pay-as-you-go Oyster card (we did a 7 day one and it was $100 for the two of us. Later I found out you can do a pay-as-you-go card and you can save some money)

- If you have T-Mobile you get free data and texting on your phone here just at really slow speeds but enough to get you around. If not, you can buy a cheap data plan to use while you're here to use.

- You'll need your phone unlocked to use these other companies, either buy a phone from amazon, craigslist that's already unlocked would be the easiest method.

- You don’t tip in restaurants, it’s worked into the bill.

- Don’t book a 6am flight out of London. The tube/busses will not start early enough to get you there so you’ll need to get a separate shuttle.