A BA That Spans Four Years, Three Colleges, And Two Countries

My mom has asked me, on a few occasions, whether or not I felt my atypical college experience was worth it, and it’s hard to say. I’ve struggled a lot since graduation, and I don’t know if the road could have been easier had I taken a different path.

Staycations In The London Summer

London is tough in the winter, but for six months over the summer, there’s nothing you can do to get me to leave the city.

House-hunters Int’l, Billfold-Edition: What I Wish I’d Known

“I yelled at my mortgage broker who had cancer,” a normally sage friend told me. “I still think about that sometimes, seven years later. But she was dragging her feet!”

House Hunters International, Billfold Edition: The Final Chapter

The saga ended with the seller insisting on needing three weeks to move out, which triggered a moment of blackout rage where I offered them cold hard cash to get the hell out of my flat.

Money, Power Dynamics and Finding Balance in a Relationship

During the first heady days of my moving to London, I texted this American guy I didn’t know very well and excitedly told him about how my rent was going to be reduced by £50 a month because I had chosen the smallest room, and he said, “You’re way too excited about that. Let me buy you dinner.” I knew he was one of the good ones.

How a Canadian Working in London Does Money

“I don’t generally tell people that those are the things that make it harder for me, but he also hadn’t bothered to ask about the difficulty of getting in. Which I think is typical of people who don’t have disabilities and don’t realize the extra difficulty that many of us face in terms of access to work, transport and often just everyday life activities that many people take for granted.”

House-Hunters International, Billfold Edition: Six Stages of Grief, & An Intermission

When house-hunting, the system makes you its bitch. You can’t hack this. You just have to put everything else on hold and do what they damn well tell you to do. Keep your eyes on the East London prize.

House Hunters International, Billfold Edition: The Writing On The Wall

We’re looking at small flats in East London, because who needs stuff anyway, right?

One American’s Search for a Bank Account Abroad

Stocking up on GBP became my new hobby.

House Hunters Int’l, Billfold Edition: A Mortgage With A View

Once we take on a mortgage, my expectation is that it will eat up every penny we ever make until the day we die.