But there's no doubt that it's going to be a Big Change. I've been a student at, or an employee in, the University of Cambridge (or one of its connected institutions) for ten years now. It's definitely the right time to break free and experience work somewhere else, but by this point I'm pretty well enmeshed in the daily, termly and annual rhythms of this place. Not to mention that I've had the same @cam.ac.uk email address, and a very generous mailbox limit, for all of those ten years: switching that is going to be a real wrench.
I'll not be moving away from Cambridge, not in the short-term at least. The joy of not having to move house is counterbalanced by the added excitement of acclimatising to the commute. I've been hugely lucky so far in life - the longest I've ever had to travel to work is a 25 minute bike ride. So I'm not complaining now, just facing up to the fact that the alarm's going to be going off a lot earlier than it used to!
It's going to be a very interesting time, professionally. It's just the motivation I need to get on and sort my chartership, and there'll be lots to learn about local systems, cataloguing practices and collections. And about the history of medicine. London librarian types: expect to see me at more evening events (LIKE - I have my eyes on you in particular). Cambridge librarian types: expect to see me, blearily, in the vicinity of the station. Other librarian types: watch this space for (hopefully) news of how I get on.
If anyone has any hints or tips for 1) commuting, 2) learning about the history of medicine and 3) places near Regent's Park/Portland Place to eat, drink and shop, I'd be happy to hear them!