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You know you’ve moved from London to Bristol when…

We’ve been in Bristol for six months now. I have officially experienced motherhood for half Tibbs’ life in London, and half here. So I thought it was time for my tongue in cheek, with a sprinkling of truth guide to the differences as I’ve seen them.

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Our Olympic baby, from Wapping with love

  • You know you’re a Mum in Bristol not London when you don’t even consider any sort of buggy fit class. Your average day, scaling the peaks of the Bristol streets, burning your calves and ass to a cinder, is more effective than any dude with a kettle-bell on the park would ever be
  •  You know you’re a Mum in Bristol not London when you’re not blinded by iCandy chrome or tripping over a fleet of Bugaboo Bees nestled cheerfully in every corner. Yes, it seems other makes ARE available! Obvs you still silently rage at the inability of everyone to fold their buggies down in cafes and on buses though
  • You know you’re a Mum in Bristol not London when you’re more likely to hear ‘I hope you don’t mind me asking, but how much did you pay for your [insert obscure brand] sling?” than “I hope you don’t mind me asking, but how much did you pay for your flat?”
  • And on that subject, you know you’re a Mum in Bristol not London when nobody gives a shit where the nearest train station to your house is, just how many centimetres you are towards the catchment of the only decent school within 10 miles
  • When you consider going shopping, you know you’re a Mum in Bristol not London when Waitrose isn’t just round the corner (boo)
  • You know you’re a Mum in Bristol not London when baby cinema shows films that neither you or your baby understand most of the time, but at least it doesn’t cost a week of nappies to get in
  • You know you’re a Mum in Bristol not London when you’re more likely to be mown down by a six year old professional skateboarder on the riverside than a wobbling Boris Bike novice
  • You know you’re a Mum in Bristol not London when one day, you can’t wait to take your baby back and show them London as you knew it, and you hope desperately they’ll love it as much as you do…

The two (in my opinion, wonderful) cities have so much in common and so much to offer parents. The pace of life and the way of living it may be different, but the intensity is just the same.

Did I miss anything? Any other Mum’s moved from London to Bristol, or any vice-versa?

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  1. I am still a mum in London but this really made me laugh (on the London parts, especially!) Bristol sounds great though, and I bet everyone talks to each other. P.S. there are makes of prams OTHER than the Bugaboo Bee? Surely not.

  2. haha!!that made me laugh!! Do love Bristol 🙂

  3. haha I can’t comment on the London part but the first film I watched at baby cinema (was it the Cube you went to?) was this weird one where in the first scene a man imagines shooting a baby in the head! There was a stunned silence and then hysterical laughing from the entire cinema of sleep deprived new mums!! x

    • Ha, Fritha it’s been The Watershed for me, but the films are always more independent than most and never, ever straightforward. Or cheery.

  4. Haha I’ve never lived in London so have no experience of it, I lived in Bristol before having kids but it all sounds true! Nothing like pushing a buggy up park street to tone up the legs! x

  5. I’ve never lived in London, and Theo has spent all his life in fair Bristol, but I do get excited showing him the places where I grew up!

  6. Haha I love this – so funny, wish any of this was true for Cardiff (rather boring and lacking as much culture) I studied in Bristol and lived in London for a while and have a deep love for both of those cities and would live in either if I could.
    Great post 🙂

    Laura x

  7. haha! this is making me want to make a little trip to bristol ..and to london.

  8. I’ve never lived in London or Bristol but have recently moved from the centre of Zurich to a sleepy village in North Wales and so much of this, amusingly rings true. I think it’s the law for every Swiss mum to own a Bugaboo Cameleon, several in fact, and it seems that I’ve the only one with one here. I’m a strange foreigner in their midst.

  9. I’ve never lived in London or Bristol but I know when you’re coming from….Fab post x

  10. LOL! I was raised in London lived in North Africa for 7 years where my kids were mainly raised & we relocated back to the South Coast of England last July! Its so sleepy here & although I do miss London I know this is the better place to raise the kids & we can always pop up to the Big Smoke for a visit! Popping over from My Life As A Mummy linky! Nice to meet you! Andrea x

    http://couscousandcorkwedges.blogspot.co.uk/

    • Lovely to meet you on here too! North Africa via London to South Coast here must be so eclectic, can’t wait to hear more!

  11. chantelle hazelden (mamamummymum) chantelle hazelden (mamamummymum)

    I’ve never lived in wither place but this post did make me chuckle 🙂 #weekendbloghop x

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