Travel Time

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I love, and I mean LOVE, living in England. But, like anywhere else, there are a few things that I wish could be better. One in particular is driving time.

For the last few months we’ve been thinking about moving. I look regularly online, get email updates and have looked at a couple in person but so far: Nothing. Don’t think that housing is hard to find or that I am uber picky (well, kind of) but I want to move into an oooooold house with a garage, at least three double rooms (some houses here are advertised as five bedrooms but only two are decent sizes and the three are only for a single bed and a dresser), a lovely garden, super clean + updated toilets, gas stove, a good location (school, gymnastics and markets) and within 30 minutes of hubby’s work.

Right now we’re about 20 minutes, 12 miles, from his work and 50 minutes, 38 miles, from M’s gymnastics club. Even though it’s ok now, if Emma keeps loving gymnastics and continues to do well she’s going to one day go more often.

With all that put into consideration, I’ve been looking further north for a new place to rent. Hubby’s work is actually in the middle of our house and gymnastics right now and so a northern move would be an advantage to him in terms of mileage.

Here’s the funny part. No matter where I look, our drive will more less be 20-30 minutes for hubby and 40-50 minutes for the gym even though mileage wise they are significantly less. Unlike the US, there are not as many interstates and highways here in the UK. While US highways have a lower speed limit and have different booby traps to somewhat slow you down, they are a lot quicker than UK ones because there are no roundabouts every 2-5 miles for example. The other main reason why it would take us as long to get to work or gym is because the villages that I’ve been looking at, the ones we want to live in, are not near a highway exit. Actually, there is probably no decent villages that is right off the interstate. And most people will agree that driving through villages can take a lot longer than going via the interstate.

Here’s an example: Last weekend the hubby and I went on a date. We ate at this lovely restaurant 6.5 miles away from our home. It took us 18 minutes to get there. It wasn’t because there was city traffic, or any traffic, but because we had to go through different villages, roundabouts, and small two lane roads (even though the out of village speed limit is 60 miles/hr).

I’ve seen many cute cute cute places 15-20 miles away from hubby’s work but even though it’s 15 miles away, it can take 45 minutes to get to his work just because there’s no direct route and half of the drive would be through different villages.

Village driving is wonderful. I LOVE doing this. But when you’re in a hurry or just trying to get to and from work, you just want to hurry it up and get there.

I hope you like the page I have here today. I used the Scarlet Lime February Frugal Fab kit for this and really like how fun it turned out. Jovie loved it too. She absolutely loved the sea horse, which I knew she would {::SMILES}. Take care and until next time!!

3 thoughts on “Travel Time

  1. I hope you do find a place of your choice both in terms of aesthetics and location very very soon! 🙂

    Love the page and the gorgeous colors… and yes, the sea horse is trés magnifique! 😀

    Hugs,
    Smita

  2. Super cute page! Looks like she has a mind of her own! 🙂

    Interesting about the traveling time, never thought about it, but it makes sense. One of my teaching friends is going to England for vacation this summer, and I’m SO jealous!

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