Mid-March Update

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Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Okay all,

So it has been a bit since our last update. (Though if you are receiving automatic updates then that is not the case but I will get to that in a bit.) Tamara and I are now on week two of our jobs and it has been unbelievably busy from day one. Part of that has to do with the fact the flat we had secured fell through last week and we have been scrambling to find both temp housing and a new permanent place.

Last weekend was spent jumping from neighbourhood to neighbourhood in search of the next "One and Only Perfect Place." We think we have succeeded in finding that place. Again. This one is not located on a park, but is in a pretty good location in Wandsworth, still the south of London. We are going through the approval process and hope to have an update that says "KRIS AND TAMARA MOVE IN" by April 1. Keep your fingers crossed for us. If this one falls through, we may just leave London.

Jobs are going well for both of us though we both have noticed a big inclination among the Brits to hold lots and lots of meetings. I mentioned my favorite saying, "The Romans didn't build their empire by having meetings... they killed those that opposed them." But it didn't seem to translate well to the meeting happy set.

London has provided some wonderful experiences and some great sites. Just when you are getting used to life here as an every day norm, you come out of say - Tower Hill tube station and you practically walk face first into Tower of London. I can really get why Prince Charles is so against big new buildings going up everywhere and taking from the unique skyline of the capital.

On the downside, Tamara has said many times that she is appalled by the manners of people here in London. I have to agree, the word "Englishman" does not necessarily equate to "gentleman." This is most evident during the morning and evening commute. I always thought New York was tough at rush hour but in comparison, Manhattan is quite pleasurable. In London people push, shove, use elbows, teeth, mud, machetes... whatever they can to cut in lines, get onto dangerously packed trains and then get off again at their stop. There is no sense of dignity or respect for human life. I could swear I saw a guy drop kick an infant the other day so that he could get better position for an elevator out of the Elephant & Castle tube station. Women, children, cripples, old ladies... none are given a free pass and in fact all contribute to the madness.

With that said, we will be back in touch as there is definitely more to come.
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