It’s been almost four months now since I made the leap across the Irish Sea, and let me tell you it’s been eventful. From accommodation and flatmate issues, to figuring out “uni” assignments and deadlines (a word which will never feel right coming out of my mouth, it will always be college to me) and seeing what Brighton has to offer by way of a social life, there really hasn’t been a dull moment – working on the sitcom as we speak.
Things got crazy pretty quickly. Two days in the flat alone, waiting for flatmates quickly contrasted with a flatmates room flooding from a burst pipe in her bathroom – cue five of us mopping her bedroom up at midnight. On top of this there was a case of extreme but unidentified illness, a disappearing roommate (we only discovered that she moved out when we saw another person in the hall and wondered how he got in), and a brand new kitchen that only just about functioned. And this was all only week one!
Since then things have calmed down – thankfully – but some other good, bad or unnecessarily dramatic things that have happened include:
- Navigating the world of Brighton coffee shops while on a supposed coffee ban (which isn’t going well, but that’s for another post.) I’ve developed a need to be surrounded by people, cradling a warm oat milk flat white in order to get any work or writing done which doesn’t bode well for my bank account. Some coffee shops here are aggressively anti-laptop too, with signs on every table, but I’ve found a few that also serve sugar free, raw cakes so that’s usually where I can be found.
- Exploring all of the vintage and second hand shops on the Lanes and trying not to spend all of my money there.
- Attending my first comedy show in the Komedia comedy club where not one, but two groups got in fights and got kicked out – even the comedians onstage wanted in on the gossip and stopped the show to observe and comment on what was happening.
- Going to The Breakfast Club and being the worst customer ever by ordering the most off menu combination of foods possible. This wasn’t a good idea since it resulted in dry pancakes with nothing to really make them a bit more moist.
- Mystery milk – This one doesn’t really need much of an explanation other than it’s still in the fridge, the use by date was October 30th, and no one seems to think it was theirs.
- Going to look at a house for a filming location, not expecting that it was owned by a divorced couple still living together and that the husband, who was the one there, wasn’t told by the wife that we had permission and would be coming. Cue awkwardness.
- Leaving my coat and my phone at Sussex Yacht Club on separate occasions (to be fair, the coat wasn’t my fault, the phone was a little bit more my fault.) I’m not usually the person who looses their things on nights out, but apparently there I am! This called for unnecessary but not unpleasant trips back to Shoreham-by-Sea the next day to collect them.
- Visiting London at Christmas – it’s so pretty with everything lit up, and made me feel so Christmassy. Él&n cafe is definitely a spot to check out at Christmas too – standing for two hours on the train home on a 1.5 hour journey, however, was not. By the end I was curled up under the luggage, and not the only one.
- Becoming a regular at the picture house cinema across the road from where I live.
- Halloween on the pier – pro tip, if you actually want to make it on rides, go earlier than 9:30. We made it on the rollercoaster and then proceeded to queue for 40 minutes for the haunted house which was definitely not worth the queue. Nonetheless enjoyable and spooky though!
- Discovering my new favourite place to eat out, Las Iguanas – Mexican food, student prices and a lively vibe, what more could you ask for?
This is but a few of the more dramatic things that have happened since the big move. I’m yet to make it to any shows in London, which I’m dying to get to since I do love the West End, but all in good time – one day the lotteries will call my name and I’ll be ready. I’m looking forward to seeing what the next term in Brighton brings, but for now my brain is mentally dancing to Christmas music.
That’s all for now,