Beginning in Bristol
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!
Emma is a designer living in Bristol, UK. A self-confessed stationery addict, book lover and TV sci-fi geek, she enjoys sketching zombie-eyed women and finding her next source of inspiration in the pages on the bookshelf.