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My Greatest Adventure: Country Mouse to Town Mouse

You know that old tale The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse? Each mouse wants to try out each other’s lifestyle and see how the other half live. That was me, a country mouse that dreamed of the life of a town mouse…

I grew up living in a teeny, tiny village in the countryside with a small population, two churches, a couple of primary schools and post office… Chesham Bois really was small and adjacent towns Amersham and Chesham weren’t much bigger. However, London was only a short train journey away. As a child the capital seemed big, scary and overwhelming in comparison to my little village but we occasionally ventured into town for the museums, the theatre and to go to Hamley’s at Christmas.
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As a teenager, London was an adventure, heading into town for shopping or to go to the bars and nightclubs but always with the pressure of having to catch the last train home. Being just a little country mouse, a trip to London was always so exciting, skyscrapers loomed above me, a diverse population surrounded and there was just so much to see and do. So different to small town Buckinghamshire – and one day I dreamed of living in the big smoke and having the lifestyle I saw. Not having to run for the last train and being able to experience something new every day.window.jpg
University meant big changes and something new. My friends and I were bored of going to the same pubs in town every weekend and University was the chance for expanding our social circle, meeting new people and escaping country life. However, I wasn’t quite the town mouse yet. Going to University of Warwick meant our life was very much based in the campus in the first year and after moving out of halls I went to live in Leamington Spa. Ok, it was far from London but it was much bigger than my home town and so much more to do!A Silver -1 A Silver_
When I graduated from Warwick, I went to live in Leeds to do a master’s degree. Leeds was nothing near the scale of London but I found myself walking through the high street feeling overwhelmed by living in a city for the first time. But whilst it was scary for the Country Mouse, it was also exciting – for the first time I had a large choice of places to shop, things to do and most importantly – as a student – places to go out drinking. It was the first time I’d lived somewhere where I could go and party somewhere different everyday for a month. And I loved it!

But I always had in mind what my greatest adventure would be – finally moving to London. With my student days coming to an end it was time to face reality and finally the ultimate transition from Country Mouse to Town Mouse. I had my flat organised, and I was living with my best friend from secondary school…we moved in and it was time for the proper adulting to start. We’d used the tube before, but we were yet to have map indelibly marked in our memories as we do now, the bus network was baffling (they’d been one bus a day in our home town), walking was bewildering and we were definitely far too scared to drive. But as the years went on we got to fully understand London’s confusing transport links, we both got our first proper jobs, entered the culture of ‘afterwork drinks’ and soon the dating scene.DSC_8193
As the years went by my friend moved out and got married, different jobs meant new possibilities, and after five years of living in London I met Mr S and he and I moved in together and got married a year later. Now after ten years of living in the city I’m a fully fledged Londoner and Town Mouse. I know that I need to always stand on the left and mind the gap, how to pronounce Marylebone and which bars and clubs to avoid! Though after all this time living in London I’m still scared to drive…it’s those terrifying roundabouts!

When you’re tired of London, you’re tired of life…I’m pretty sure I’ll never regret embarking on my greatest adventure of all time…


  • TravelWithNanoB

    What a lovely story! It really was a beautiful narrative and I enjoyed learning more about you, thanks for sharing! ☺️ My very first trip to London also had a tremendous impact on me, I dreamt about moving there to live. Who knows, maybe, one day… ☺️

    • Thank you so much lovely! London just gets into your heart doesn’t it 🙂

  • Such a sweet post Ange! Can definitely relate to being so enamoured with London as a teenager and being desperate to move there. And I couldn’t agree more re being tired of London = tired of life, I honestly think it’s the best city in the world! Lots of love, Andrea xxx

    Andrea’s Passions

    • I agree! I’ve never loved a city more than London. The city that never sleeps and so much to do!

  • This is such a great post. I love it! I am going to do the link up 🙂 It’s so true, when you’re tired of London you’re tired of life.

    Colleen xx

    blondeacrossthepond.com

  • You’ve just motivated me to write up my big adventure of moving to London too! You’re doing the town mouse thing very well 😉

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  • But your village sounds pretty! Anyway, I would have never guessed that you used to live in a village, I thought you were always living in London:)

  • And what a journey so far!

  • This was so fascinating to read! I loved getting to know a bit more about your back story! xx

  • I honestly thought you were a true blue Londoner! Well you’ve got this Town Mouse thing down to a tee xx

  • I can not imagine you being a country mouse! I think you are much more suited to city life and that clearly shows as you love London so much. Although I’ve lived in London my whole life and I still don’t know how to pronounce Marylebone!!

  • Ooooh I am SO doing this linkup, although I’m going to challenge myself and make it ‘less travel-oriented’ and more culturally so! I never knew you were a ‘country mouse’, if I had to gage from your glossy locks and slick style I would’ve thought you were a city girl through and through. Even before your recent travels to exotic destinations, you were always an adventurer from the beginning! x

    Jasiminne: Posh, Broke, & Bored

    • That’s a great idea. I’ll look forward to reading it. Yup, I wanted to make it a more personal one rather than so travel focussed. Thank you lovely, I always dream big!

  • I definitely felt the same when I first moved to London. I remember the day I went for job interviews, walking into huge modern buildings in the city with glass elevators, escalators and giant water features and thinking to myself “WTF am I doing?!” – it was terrifying! I think to this day moving to London is still the bravest thing i’ve ever done and definitely the most rewarding! I honestly think that everyone should experience living in a large city, it’s such an experience x

    • Every where you looked everything seemed so big!! I agree living in a large city opens your mind to all sorts of possibilities.

  • drsolly

    We did the exact opposite. Born and bred in London, we lived there for some 30 years. Just before our first baby, we moved out to the countryside, to a little village called Little Chalfont, and from there, just before daughter.2 was born, to an even smaller village called Chesham Bois.

    • Perhaps you were always a country mouse at heart. It explains why you’re often caught up in hedges.

  • Love reading about your adventure! I am from a small town and even though Reykjavik is a small capital city it is a big change from where I grew up.

  • Loved reading about this – had no idea you had an MA, incredible!! 🙂 It is a real adventure to move to London, because the pace of life is just so much more hectic than anywhere else. Go you! x

    • Thanks hon! Everything is London is just so much bigger than anywhere in the UK.

  • I was a village girl too! The best sorts are! London though – I couldn’t live without it now, I love my days up there, you are lucky to have it to hand! Keep enjoying it!

  • When you’re tired of London, you’re tired of life – yes! I was born and grew up in London, and lived there for most of my life and I never tire of it. London got my heart right from the word go 😀

  • Sounds like you had quite the adventure! Loved reading this!

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    Merritt
    The Style Scribe

  • London roundabouts with a white-van-man behind you – now that’s an adventure!

  • It was fun to read your story.. Im originally from the country too but have spent the past few years falling in love with London…

  • I really enjoyed reading your tale or should that be tail of the mouse Angie – Buckinghamshire is beautiful and I know Leamington Spa well

  • I love this spin on the Country Mouse/Town Mouse story! And I entirely agree – I made the jump to city living from the country when I was 18, and I’ve never looked back! Really enjoyable post. And I will testify that driving in London is terrifying. I only got behind the wheel in the city because I had to for work, and although I can do it now (and have to regularly) I rarely enjoy it! 🙂

  • Ha cool – our love for London definitely comes through in both our posts! What a great journey 🙂

  • Loved reading about your journey to London, Angie! We have had such similar paths 🙂

  • This is lovely! I had a similar experience, leaving my little home town for Lincoln at uni – which is a very small city – but gave me a taste of city life. Then I moved to London and now settled in Leeds! I can’t actually imagine not living in a city anymore – they certainly make a big mark on your life don’t they.

  • Aww, a very similar story to my own – I went from village to Nottingham Uni to London. Very pleased that you did become a city mouse, I’m not sure your blog would be the same without it 🙂

    Polly xx

    • Lots of my friends went to Nottingham and as it wasn’t far from Warwick I visited a few times :). I think London is the 3rd main character in my blog 🙂

  • hehehe such a similar experience to mine! About to post my link up now! 🙂

  • Amazing! The thought of moving to London has always been in the back of my mind, and seeing bloggers like yourself who have had such a great experiences in London, sure makes me really consider this as an option…. ps. I had totally forgot about this mouse fable! haha, great analogy!

    • Do it! I’ve never looked back! To be fair I didn’t quite stick to the story lol

  • Kavita

    Yay, I went to Warwick too, and i met my husband there, actually. Biggest adventure is life itself, life with my Pete. So much fun to be had. 🙂

    • Oh wow, really? What did you study?

      • Kavita

        I did Joint Honours French & History. Pete did Computer Science. You?

  • I grew up near you and yes having to catch the last train home was always such a pain! It was really early, too. The number of times I’ve had to flat out pelt it to Marylebone… Anyway, sounds like being a town mouse suits you to the ground and that the transition set you up perfectly to maximise city life!

    • Where did you grow up, Rachel? Yes I remember racing for the last train I missed it once and had to get taxi all the way back.

      • I was in little old Stoke Poges. Just over the Chilterns. Luckily I never missed the last train, but I certainly had a few scares!

  • Once a country mouse always a country mouse 😉 Would love to be a town mouse after looking through your amazing photos! xx

  • I’ve had a chance to live in towns both big and small. I think it’s good for us to experience both! I really couldn’t pick one I prefer over the other…there’s so much I like about both!

    • I know what you mean but having lived in London for so long I do think that I’d find a small town quite boring ;/

  • What a great adventure! Moving to the big city was a huge one for me, too 🙂 I’m not sure which I prefer…it depends on the day 😉

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