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Beginning in Bristol

Life in Bristol so far has been good. We've found some lovely places to eat and drink, the weather has been great (not a spot of rain, despite the warnings from ex-bristolians!) and when I ordered takeaway for collection, the guys from the restaurant came and delivered it anyway! Gotta love that. Extra new house bonuses include our shiny new Tivo box (never missing an episode of Supernatural, Gossip Girl, Pretty Little Liars again - ha!) and an attic room with a skylight and dress-making bench. Yep, you heard me right, a dress making bench! Watch out Project Runway ;)

As expected, it's tonnes different to Cambridge. I still cycle to work but do so with my heart in my mouth most of the time! It's a "cycling city" but not in the same way as Cambridge, where car drivers pretty much expect you to do something stupid in front of them and give you a wide berth! Here, the sheer amount of cyclists is scary enough in itself, and I definitely don't bike fast enough for them... they whizz past at such speed (and often with an audible tut) that I wonder how they brake in time for lights. Top this with the geographical obstacles so alien to Cambridge - such as hills, bridges, dual carraigeways and shared pedestrian/bicycle paths - and you pretty much have an urban cycling frenzy that my brain is only just coping with! Needless to say, I have invested in a good helmet. I only hope I never have to put it to the test!

We have taken some pretty lengthy walks to discover our new home. I would like to say now that any Cambridge people looking to move west should not underestimate the physical demands of hills! I think we walked 16 miles the other day... We saw the Clifton suspension bridge which was cool, but probably not worth the aching I suffered the next day. (Only to have to get on my bike and cycle to work for 25 minutes - owww)

So, slowly, I am settling in. I'm not sure it feels like home yet but then I have only been here a week. I have a feeling that somewhere in my brain I think I'm on an extended holiday... which I could carry on believing I guess, as the years pass, extending my "holiday" further... ;)

Will post another update soon, but until then - take care!

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