May 10, 2005 in Personal

Why I Moved to London

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Many have asked why I decided to move to London. Well there are a multitude of reasons. Some I really don’t want to discuss at this time. What I will say, is that I had a real desire for change. I felt stuck in Chicago. I felt like my inner self was dying. While I had made significant progress in bettering myself in the early years, I really didn’t feel like I was making progress the last few. So it was time to move on. I thought I would be moving on with Racquetball Guy, but alas, that did not happen. So here I am off on an adventure of my own. Thankfully, I was able to secure a transfer to my company’s London office. But if that had not happened, I would have moved anyway. Living in Chicago in that same apartment for 10 years sucked the life out of me towards the end. I wasn’t completely happy. Am I happy completely happy now? In all honesty, I can’t say yes, but finally I can breathe again. There is a level of excitment that was lacking before. Perhaps it’s living in a new city and meeting lots of new people. Things (life really) has suddently become interesting again. So how long will I stay? I don’t know really. Perhaps until I can’t breathe again. But something tells me that won’t happen here. I’ve been here less than a month and despite all the challenges (really the expense), I feel optimistic about the future.


  1. May 29, 2005 at 4:22 am


    omfg you moved to london!! you go girl! it’s a great city. i went on vactaion and dis some job applying. i used to have friends in london (that was before the great depression). if anything has remained the same, there are some nice eclectic shopes on neil street including a great natural store (herbs and such). i bought the best cough syrup from there (i miss that stuff). that and the panacetamol. woo that can take the pain outcha!
    welp, be safe. have fun. and stay away from all the damn nestle vending machines on the train stops. (damn i could use some quality street) btw, the men are great if i remember correctly. 😉

  2. May 12, 2005 at 2:56 pm


    Hi, Mom. So that’s where you ran off to! I’m having fun here in the states. The suburbs look so different then the city did. My foster home has another kitty! Can you believe that? Problem is that she’s such a pussy. I try to say hi, and she runs off to one of her supposed “hiding” spots. Like I don’t know where she is. Kinda sucks though. I used to have my run of the house, but now I mostly have to stay in the basement. At least now, they put in some kind of temporary fence, so I can see the humans.
    Things were really exciting on Tuesday. There was a big party, watching some reality show, and everyone came downstairs to hang out with me. Lots of new people to rub up against!
    So, when do I get to go to London? The humans have been telling me all about it. So far the closest I’ve gotten is when the humans are watching the Pistons play basketball. When Ben Wallace does something good, they ring a “Big Ben” gong, and I think of you. can’t wait to see you again. Cherrio!

  3. May 12, 2005 at 11:59 am


    The fact that you have a new lease on life is definitely a positive thing. I was going to move to London after the election though, for real. I still might go over there, I love a woman with an Great blog by the way..

  4. May 12, 2005 at 4:46 am


    BEST of luck! I’m an American transplant as well. I’ve been here almost 2-1/2 years. There have been some low moments, but generally I’m really enjoying it here. However, I’m out in the wilds of Oxfordshire and not battling with life in London…although I come into London often to run training classes. Come see me at if you want to share experiences with another ex-pat.
    By the way, I flew in and out of O’Hare last week. I taught a class out in the Aurora area. Haven’t been to Chicago in years. WOW…what a view from the plane!
    GOOD LUCK to you!

  5. May 11, 2005 at 9:51 am


    This is so exciting, Ursula! I’m glad this new chapter in your life is making you happy.

  6. May 10, 2005 at 6:06 pm

    Andrew Hecht

    That’s so fantastic, Ursula. You’re going to have an awesome experience. It’s very lucky that you were able to transfer there with your company. I hope you take adavantage of it. I was just watching a PBS special called Visions of England that had all these overheard shots of the country. It’s so beautiful (when the weather is good) and all so close to London. And it’s easy to get around. And the beer is good. And if you like football, well, you’re in heaven. Have a great time and document it well so that us poor suckers left behind in the States can live vicarously through your adventures in England.

  7. May 10, 2005 at 1:03 pm

    Shasta MacNasty

    I’m glad things are going well for you in London so far. Hopefully soon we’ll have some pictures to go with it. 🙂
    I’m also glad that you are living your life on your own terms. We can all learn a lesson from you.

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