There’s only 4 days left until I set off on my Au Pair adventure in London, and to be completely honest, I don’t feel anything but nervous right now. I know I’m supposed to be at least a little bit excited because I’m ‘going to have the time of my life’ and it could possibly be ‘the best decision I’ve ever made’ but packing up your life and moving into a strangers house is a big deal!
Luckily, I met my host family not long after our first Skype session and they were lovely. I went to stay with them for the weekend, which was easy enough as I only live 2 hours away on the train. That sounds silly – 2 hours away from home and I’m this nervous.
As this is my first time Au Pairing I’ve had to rely on other peoples blogs in order to actually know how to prepare for such an experience. I’ve read what questions to ask your host families / what not to ask – including the answers you should receive to make sure they’re the right host family for you. I’ve read lists of clothing and essentials I should be taking with me and even with all my blog searching, I still feel completely unprepared.
I know that I’ll basically be living in jeans or leggings and t-shirts and jumpers – so I spent over £200 in Primark on ‘comfy’ clothes. I already had 2 pairs of Dr Martens but I bought an extra pair just in case and today I’ve been shopping in Chester for toiletries and enough make-up to last me until Christmas (hopefully.)
I enjoyed spending one of my last days here with my sister and cousins, who are better than me at shopping for essentials. The three off them could walk round Superdrug with their eye closed and still pick up all the right items. Before they helped me shop, we went to Hickory’s down by the Canal.
I still have a few more day left in which I’m seeing family and friends to say goodbye. I can’t believe that it’s nearly the 29th August already – it felt like it was such a long way away but it’s arrived before I knew it. So crazy!
If you come across this post and happen to be an Au Pair or even someone who’s experienced moving cities or countries, then please comment and give me some words of wisdom.