I moved to London from Beijing about seven years ago (but I was born in Urumqi, which is a sector of China on its western side). I am a computer programmer and my company wanted to start up an office in London and they wanted a woman so I applied for the job and got it.
At first it was hard to adjust to the cultural differences and I missed my family. But now that I have gotten used to everything I love the freedom of London! It is like the whole world is at your fingertips. You can get every where you need to go by the Tube. Or if you feel like leaving the city behind you can take a train anywhere!
I went to Paris last weekend and it only took two and a half hours to get there. China is so big two and a half hours on a train wouldn’t get me very far.
London is such a multicultural city; I can walk down the streets and no one even gives me a second glance, I look like I could have been born here and furthermore no one cares if I wasn’t. There is so much to do here. There are so many parks, museums, art galleries, theatres, historic sites, and great restaurants with interesting food. I go to plays once a month and I try to explore a new historical site each weekend.
This weekend I am going to Westminster Abbey to see the grave of Geoffrey Chaucer. The Canterbury Tales is one of my favourite pieces of literature. I am really looking forward to this outing. It has not always been easy living here.
When I first moved here I didn’t have a lot of money and I didn’t feel comfortable speaking English. I thought people would laugh at my accent. But over time I have really learned to love this city and I just renewed my contract with work for another five years.