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7 Claire M
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Better today. Spent my day by buying all the stuff I was missing, like a suitcase, another pair of shoes, toiletries.. (I flew here only with my hand luggage) Doing all this, in a new, big city,
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all on my own, made me feel good about myself. I am capable of so much! Booked a bed in 8bed dorm for the next 3 nights, so I decided to stay in London. I still miss Australia and the chilled happy vibes there, but I liked London a bit more today

Claire M
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than I did yesterday. Small steps. I can already see how teaching and challenging this has been, and I just came here yesterday! This trip will do so good for me. Tomorrow it's time to push myself even more out of my comfort zone. Hopefully I can

Claire M
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reach the happiness soon which I had in Australia. If I can't, that tells something, and that will only be good too ;)

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6 Claire M
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Slept for 13h. Brain still foggy, but feel rested. I don't know what to do with the attack that happened yesterday? Just stay here like nothing happened, or leave London? My mom is very worries, she
Claire M
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is texting me all the time. I understand it, but it's getting exhausting. I should know soon what I'm doing, because I don't have accommodation after this next night! :S

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Jeff M
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I suspect you'll be perfectly safe, but it will be a very dramatic and sad time to be there. I hope you figure out things for the best. We'll be thinking of you!

Binky B
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It's London, for the most part people will go on as normal. There will be extra security service on alert. Will you stay in a hostel?

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Claire M
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Thanks my dearest Jeff panda <3 Yes I will Binky, I just booked it. Thanks hun x Thank you for the hugs xx

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5 Claire M
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In London now. I felt all good with evrything by this far, but when I came out of the shower the tears just came. Wtf I'm doing alone in London..? I miss Australia, I miss my cousin and her family.
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Claire M
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I don't know what I'm doing here. I am alone. I need to buy stuff, because I have barely anything with me, but I don't know where to go. It's so cold here too. Feeling lost, overwhelmed. I hope things will be clearer soon :(

Claire M
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I have Oyster card now, but I don't know how it works, how do I know I have enough money on it? I wish it was evening and I could go to bed. I also started to miss my cats in the plane because I watched a movie with a cat in it.

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I felt little bit like this in Australia as well, little bit lost. Like I would need more routine. Questioning the life I currently have, why I choose to do this trip, etc. Then I thought, would I be any happier at home? Most likely not. So lost.

Claire M
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If I was at home now, with my cats, would it be better than this? I would love the cats, but otherise, probably not. If I was still in Australia with my cousin and the others, would it be better than this? Probably not. I don't know where my place is

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It's a transition to something new and dramatically different. Take some time. Maybe just find a cafe and sit with a good book and coffee or something? Or in your hotel/hostel, just relax. Do some research and plan things out, or find a good area...

Jeff M
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...to wander, like a commercial area where you can people watch. Tough in the cold weather. If you go to a cafe, ask someone for ideas, or at where you're staying. Planning helps you feel not so lost and get excitement back!

Jeff M
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You'll be fine, Claire! I'm sure of it! *Big hugs*

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Cindy M
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Just give yourself some time to get used to being somewhere new, and to being on your own. If I remember correctly, when you swipe your Oystercard at the turnstile going into the station, there's a display that shows you how much is left on your card

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Oh Claire, I'm so sorry to hear that you are feeling this way. Hope you start feeling better after you settle in. It's all new and overwhelming and that's understandable

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Binky B
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I like the way you are thinking of this. Travel is challenging! It will take you time to adjust. How long are you staying in London? It's cold, but not as cold as Finland, surely? Hehe. Yeah and with Oyster card you can top up in most convenience

Binky B
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stores (look for the oyster top up sticker or logo on the front of the shop) and they can tell you your balance, too. You're probably tired and overwhelmed from the flight, so do your best to stay up & fix the jet lag first, go for walk/cafe nearby?

Alice T
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Saw on the news what's happened in London. I hope you're okay! xxx

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Hopefully with some time and effort you can make London 'your place' for now. I like your contemplative thoughts on the situation and feel a lot of empathy for that.

Claire M
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Thank you all of my dear panda friends <3 I surely was jet lagged and even now, after 13h of sleep, my brain feels foggy. I am safe.

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6 Claire M
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Almost done with the 5h stopover in Singapore. I hope I don't cry when I say goodbye to these guys after the 2nd flight and that I don't mess up with the tubes in London.
Claire M
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I have tried to prepare myself for the change of weather and for having to deal with everything alone, but I'm not sure if I did it well enough.

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Good luck! The tubes in London aren't too difficult tbh. You'll get the hang of it soon enough :)

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6 Claire M
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Almost done with the 5h stopover in Singapore. I hope I don't cry when I say goodbye to these guys after the 2nd flight and that I don't mess up with the tubes in London.
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6 Claire M
3d ·
Off to airport soon.
Claire M
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I'm not keen about the long flight, it's so exhausting. A bit worried if I have everything sorted for europe, how I'll survive from airport to my airbnb, and if I won't be happy there alone.

Claire M
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I love australia and would stay here longer, but I know it's time to move on. Time to challenge myself. I'll be alright. Hour by hour.

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Binky B
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Good luck Claire, you'll do fine! Be prepared for cold weather in London :-) air bnb, what a treat after your long flight

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Cindy M
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Safe journey! Glad to be welcoming you to the UK shortly x

Alice T
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Just try and think about how much fun you're going to have in Europe! :) especially here in the UK haha! x

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Safe trip :)

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Jeff M
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Have a wonderful time in London, Claire! I can't wait to hear all about it. It will be different, but that's exciting! And so awesome to do it yourself. Take it as a challenge and opportunity. I'm envious of that freedom right now! :)

Claire M
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I love you pandas <3 Thank you xxx

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7 Claire M
3d ·
Went to town, cleaning, packing, seeing S's family for the last time. Tomorrow we'll leave Australia and soon I'll be in London all by myself. It's a big change, I hope I'll survive. Bit nervous.
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stephen B
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Wow that's a big move and big changes , I'm not a london fan or any big city, cambridge where i live (just for work) is about the biggest place I could live but that's because i like space and remoteness .. good luck with your move Claire

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Exciting but also nervewracking. Still, embrace all the possibilities and be open to anything. That's the best way to experience a city on your own. Go out of your comfort zone! It will be amazing, I'm sure! :)

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Cindy M
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I worked in London for a long time, and there are things about it that are wonderful - galleries, music, ballet, etc And from there you can take day trips etc which will give you a break from it - and show you the diversity of the U.K. When I first

Cindy M
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started inLondon, I couldn't believe how quiet and provincial it seemed (I'd been living near NY). Now that I've been in Scotland a few years, the idea of London seems overwhelming! I give me Edinburgh any day! But honestly take advantage of what's

Cindy M
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great, and I imagine you'll meet people quite easily (when/if you want to)

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Claire M
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Thank you pandas, your comments are helpful <3 I guess I just gotta go hour by hour now. It's gonna be exhausting travel.

Claire M
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Thanks for the hugs x

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8 Claire M
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Big family lunch was ok. Can't say I enjoyed it, too much people I don't know + too formal. More socialising in the evening,(bbq), more new people, but really enjoyed that one...
Claire M
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...because it was really chilled, not so many people and they were very nice :) Not that the lunch people wouldn't have been, but the chilled hanging out in the evening was just much more my style.

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6 Claire M
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Just woke. Feeling a bit anxious. Big family meeting today, not so keen. My cousin said that I was bit rude yesterday to S's brothers at the movies by not offering them my chips or the wine...
Claire M
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..no one was even drinking. What is done is done and not so big deal but it's still bothering me. We have only today and tomorrow left here in Australia. Thinking about the long flight, ugh... Thinking of going to Europe alone also makes me feel...

Claire M
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...anxious. I'll be alone, I need to think much more and be much more careful. Can't just follow people around anymore. Will I be lonely? What if I don't enjoy being there? I know it should be fine and that I will most likely like it but yeah..

Claire M
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I also hope that the cultural difference isn't too big. It's so chilled and laid back here, and everyone's so friendly. I love it because that doesn't happen at home and I'm not ready to let go of it yet!

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Rorschach T
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Yea that's just how it is here Claire. You have to share everything with everyone. Now you have to send chips and wine with everyone to everyone who replies to this post. Thems the brakes. (I am being SOO sarcastic right now in case you can't tell)

Rorschach T
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Yes, we are a very laid back bunch, but no one is obligated to share chips and drinks with everyone at all. (It's polite to offer someone a beer if they go to your house or something but it's not a strict rule). We have so many mixed cultures here, I

Rorschach T
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Know quite a lot of people who are offended if you take anything to their parties and expect to provide absolutely everything. Others insist on providing all food and some drinks, others expect you to BYO. Each to their own. No strict rules.

Rorschach T
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(I'm basically trying to say 'you weren't rude' while also reassuring you it's not some cultural obligation or something)

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Claire M
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Thank you Rorschach. I got a peace with it now, met the brothers today again and they didn't sem to be very mad at me ha ha. Thanks all x

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Thanks Estherbear x

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10 Claire M
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Oh and great, I just noticed that yesterday was my first pandaversary! Oops. I wanna say huge thank you to all, all the support and love you give me is priceless. BIGGEST hugs ever to everyone. Really
Claire M
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thankful to be in this caring community. I probably will never be able to show you how grateful I am, but I hope it somehow seems trough. Now when I'm on my travels, I just don't have the extra time for social media, like I do at home. I try to keep

Claire M
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my mood diary going and quickly go through the ones I follow, and if I have any extra time, give hugs to other pandas too. But there is no way I would have time to check my notifications, so I am sorry if I ignore you.

Claire M
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But anyway, a year! Time has gone fast, but then again it feels like I've always been here haha. Thanks pandas for this year and cheers to many more x

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Cindy M
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Hurray Claire! Hope there are lots more years to come - you're an amazing Panda!

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<3

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Rorschach T
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I'll be honest, when I first joined I DID think you were ignoring me. But then I realized how hard it can be to stay on top of mood panda due to the linear method of display. It's ok if you have time to sit down a couple of times a day, damn near

Rorschach T
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Impossible if you are busy all day. No judgement here :)

Claire M
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Thank you Cindy. So are you <3 Lots of hearts on your way Binky <3 Rorschach, I am glad that you understand x

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Claire M
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Thanks Han hun x

Manda P
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Happy Pandavesary!! I sure am glad to have ya around! <3 xx

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