In no particular order:
- relocating when you're in your late 20's is a different matter than doing the same when you're in your late 30's. Completely.
- A long term rental in the UK is 6 to 12 months. A long term rental in Italy is 6 to 12 years. Keep that in mind next time you talk to an agent.
- The creativity of Londoners in slicing and dicing terraced and period houses is amazing. No, I don't really fancy climbing a ladder to get to the kitchen, nor I'm a fan of a bathroom with the loo in the basement and the shower on the first floor.
- Try to remember that $4 for a Tube ride is par for the city, don't gasp when confronted with the money drainage on your Oyster: it's like having a "newbie" sticker on your forefront (as I'm afraid it is using a top-up card, for that matter).
- Either quit smoking or don't forget to pack a lot of cigars when flying back from Italy. Or be a billionaire so that you can actually afford tobacco. Not necessarily in this order.
- Now that you have a proper house, good luck with understanding how utilities actually work.
- While at it, don't even try to get started in opening a bank account, as climbing Mount Everest on a limp definitely looks like an easier endeavor.
- Keep meeting amazing people, incredible customers and awesome partners. Get used to the London pace of doing business, which is like skateboarding on the roof of a Shinkansen.
- Don't let London suck all of your time as of late. Resume tweeting/blogging, bring your golf bag over, shop for nice food and enjoy some quality time in the UK. When you're not traveling to San Francisco, Italy and Amsterdam in the next two weeks, that is.