Notes to self

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.

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  1. Utilities generally sort themselves out – it’s in the land lords interest to change the accounts over to you and you wind up getting a bill from them anywhere from 1 to 3 months later. To find out who the bill is going to be from you’ll probably have to ask your land lord but I find it more fun to wait and see. That said, I may get home to find the gas, power and water cut off so we’ll see….

    As for the bank account, go in with a letter from your employer (UK company preferably), your fixed term tenancy agreement, your passport and as many other forms of identification as you can manage. One tip I picked up too late is to open an account with an international bank in your home country and then ask them to transfer it over to the UK for you. HSBC and Citibank were the two options I could see in Australia.

  2. Adrian, thanks a ton. Looking forward to you getting back for a huge payback in food and beverages!

  3. You’re more than welcome. I forgot to mention as well that you need to call the local council yourself and set up an account to pay council tax and you need to get your own TV license.

  4. Gianugo, Adrian, I can’t recommend waiting for the utilities to be sorted. I just moved out of a house I lived in for 6 months without having paid any utility bills and now they’re trying to reconstruct how much I owe. Essentially I’ve been living there for 6 months without knowing how much extra expenses I’m looking at :S
    Anyway, what I really wanted to write: should you ever have trouble with BT and be caught waiting in the queue for hours, I was able to get a very swift response from them by writing to ben.verwaayen at bt dot com (the CEO of BT).

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