My Story

Well hello there! Thank you so much for reading. As a blogger (and I use that term loosely), I really pour my heart and soul into this site, and I sincerely appreciate each and every one of you who takes time out of your day to give GirlinLondon a read.

My story . . . where do I begin? I’ve tried at least a dozen different times to right a meaningful ‘about me’ section, but I never seem to get it quite right. Here goes nothing …

Bringing the California flag to Venice, Italy ;)

I’m an American expat who moved to London in December 2010 to pursue the road less traveled. At the time I was stuck in a decent-but-dead-end job in Las Vegas and the US was in the midst of the worst recession since the Great Depression. I wanted something different for myself, so my boyfriend and I made the leap to London and the rest is history. After working for about a year at a sort-of-fancy job in The City of London, I bit the bullet and decided to pursue traveling, blogging, and writing full time.

That’s the short story.

The long story is that I was born into a military family in Germany and my family moved back to the US when I was a little kid. We never had much and growing up I dreamed about living a life that was anything but ordinary. Years of dreaming, pining, and planning all came to a head when I was about 22, and visited Europe for the first time since I was a kid. After that my boyfriend and I made the decision to leave the US come hell or high water, and within 18 months that’s precisely what we did.

Oh London, you are one of the pretty ones aren’t you?

Since moving to London I’ve had the fortune of living the life I dreamed about when I was a regular suburban kid with holes in her socks and no lunch money. Through Girl in London I’d like to not only share with you all the highs and lows of living in the UK capital, but also hopefully inspire others who have dreams of living or traveling abroad.

Questions, comments, concerns? Contact me at [email protected] or using the form below.

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15 Responses

  1. Jocelyn 10 May, 2013 / 11:37 am

    Hi Cheylene,

    I came across your website while searching for more information on visas in UK. Can i just check, are you then now a british citizen already/ PR already or under some work permit ( tier 2 )?

    I’m from Singapore and i ‘m here with my boyfriend( British citizen), just as I have graduated from university in my country, I’m trying to looks for jobs which sponsors visa but to no avail.

    Would you be able to tell me more?


  2. Andrea 30 May, 2013 / 4:46 pm

    Thanks so much for writing this blog. I just got back from London and I’ve been trying to look for advice and any helpful information you may have. My boyfriend lives there and due to changes with the fiance visa we cannot marry because he doesn’t meet the income requirement. So the next best thing is to find a sponsor under the tier 2. What advice do have? I’m also an American who loves London to death. You are very lucky hope to hear back

    • cheylene 31 May, 2013 / 10:26 am

      Hi Andrea,

      I’ve just sent you a reply to your email :)

  3. Gabrielle 24 August, 2013 / 2:25 am

    Hi Andrea,
    I found your website because I was thinking of applying to university in London. As a student with a tight budget how can I go about living and having fun in London without blowing my budget?

    • Gabrielle 24 August, 2013 / 2:33 am

      Sorry! *Cheylene!

    • Cheylene 25 August, 2013 / 1:32 pm

      Hi Gabrielle,

      My best advice if you’re on a tight budget is to find a flatshare, or even a room share. You can probably find a nice room a little bit outside the centre of the city for 500 GBP/month or less. As far as having fun is concerned, there are plenty of things to do in the city for free, so I wouldn’t worry about that!

  4. Ritika 26 August, 2013 / 10:34 am

    Hi Cheyenne,

    I must say your blog is a big help for me and people like me who have plans to work or stay in London. Thank you so much.

    I was searching all over for the right kind of information about work and shifting to London and must admit that the kind of information you have shared is almost sufficient to help in making the right decision.

    So very kind of you to take time for sharing your experience.

    Once again Thank you.

  5. Ritika 26 August, 2013 / 2:02 pm

    So sorry!! *Cheyenne. :-)

    • Ritika 26 August, 2013 / 3:08 pm

      Sorry!!! I don’t know why it is happening. I am typing the correct spelling of your name. But the moment I enter, it gets changed…….funny :-) but sorry again.

  6. Holly 27 August, 2013 / 12:35 am

    I have been interested in moving to the UK for years and I have never had the opportunity to do so. Your blog has inspired me to try again! What is the best way to start? Obviously just packing up and moving is no longer possible so where do I start?
    Thank you so much !

    • Cheylene 28 August, 2013 / 1:09 pm

      Hi Holly,

      Start here:
      Look at the visa(s) that suits what you’re looking for and apply. The application process (regardless of which visa you go for) is tedious, but pretty straightforward. After you get approved, you can pack up and go, which is probably the easiest part of the whole process.

      Good Luck!

  7. Ritika 29 August, 2013 / 8:53 am

    Hi Cheylene,

    I need little guidance!! I am from India and my hubby is doing job search over the internet, for UK. Now as he will require 2 tier sponsor and fortunately got one, but the clause is he should be able to secure a job of 250 pound per day. Then only they will sponsor visa.

    He is 11 yrs experienced in IT Infrastructure (virtualization technology). Do you have any knowledge about the companies offering contracts for his kind of role. Also as per your suggestion we are applying only to those companies which are on UK BA list.

    Do you have any knowledge about the companies which are currently sponsor of tier 2 or help to find sponsor.

    Thank you!

    • Cheylene 29 August, 2013 / 12:24 pm

      Hi Ritika,

      No, I don’t know of any specific companies offering positions in that area. However, with the work experience your husband has, finding a contract role that pays over 250 GBP should not be an issue.

  8. Ritika 29 August, 2013 / 4:54 pm

    No worries and thanks for sharing your view( again you gave me some hope). We actually don’t have much knowledge of salaries there. So were little upset about the clause for tier 2.

    And so back to our job search… :-)
    Thanks again.

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