Keeping Calm, Carrying On

One of the most important lessons I learnt in my last 3 years as a Londoner, is the value of patience.

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It’s not possible to speed around in London.  The tube for starters, doesn’t always run.  London is a large city.  It takes time to get from A to B, even if you live very centrally.  English manners are subdued; courtesy takes time.  People wait, often indefinitely.

Try opening a bank account.  Bring identification.  Bring patience.  Bring humor.

Delivery!  A filthy word in my London vocabulary, expressing a complete waste of time.  Here in New York?  Delivery does exactly its job- buying you time.

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Need help in London?  Help will arrive; someday.  London-nised, imagine my surprise, when the cable man showed up this morning not just at the scheduled time, but 30 mins early!

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Did he once stop for a drink of water on such a sweltering day?  Did he need a coffee break?  Did he disappear for tea?  No, no, no.  He didn’t even stop for lunch.

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He worked cheerfully on and on.  While waiting for the internet to load up, he also helped me with my instagram account!

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My husband had offered to help me move.  But having lived in New York before, and especially with the London experience, I felt I would be able to cope.

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Somewhere in the wilderness of Home Depot, lies the 40-watt bulb I need…

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The biggest challenge so far has honestly been the heat.

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You no longer look like Mrs Chan, observed my Mom.

Your eyebrows look good, my daughter ever kind.

Air-conditioning still needs to be sorted out.

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Thankfully, my building has an elevator!

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Now to be very British, keep calm and carry on.

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Because Dr Chan’s not here, and he usually does what happens next.

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Dear God, I’m going to have to assemble, the vacuum cleaner.

  •  Home Depot (for every imaginable household item you need, and didn’t know you need), 40 W23rd Street 

 

 

 

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