London and the UK in general

Trip Start Mar 19, 2007
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Trip End Apr 21, 2008


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Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Some observations on the UK thus far:
- national food: Indian.  I've been here a week now, and had Indian all but 1 night.  Even Kel's eating spicy food now.  Love it!  Tonight:  Rogan josh.
- The sun never sets on the British empire, mostly because it's allways coudy and you can't see it.
- It's flucking cold, but less windy then, say, Wilsons Prom (for all you yankee southerners) or Mr Beaty's press room (for all you QLDers) or stonehenge (for all you poms).  Just.
- It's all upside down here.  The sun is to the south and the water goes down the sink the wrong way.
- The beer is served cold (Hurrah!).  Not ice cold, because it's cold enough already outside, but cold enough.  Phew.
- Went to the market the other day and saw / ate the BIGGEST oyster I've ever seen.  This thing was the size of a mack truck!  See attached photo...
- Richard Branson owns everything in the UK.  If you pay him, he might just let you partake in some of his water/electricity/travel services/internet/air/accomodation/food/right to wee/permission to scratch yourself.
- There was also a beer stall at the markets with beers form all over europe.  I can only leave this place once I've sampled all of them.  Oh, and speaking of beer, the cheapest beer at the local is Carlsberg.  Damn I hate european beers at local prices.  Kel and I have made a pact not to let a drop of fosters pass our lips too.  Day 7 and we're still on track.*
- It's so cold here that my beany froze to my scone!
- You need to buy a license to watch television here.  They threaten you with a television audit to ensure compliance.  I want that job!
- So far I've had 2.5 interviews (the .5 being conducted at a pubbery) and been shouted a meal and bottle of wine by prospective employers.  2 more interviews coming up later this week.  Hopefully the job offers will start rolling in before the $AUD have all rolled out!  Bring on private enterprise and their perks, bonuses and staff parties!
- The people over here are really nice in general, or maybe it's cos I'm one of the few people silly enough to have a good haircut.
- Tube and all public transport gets packed at times, and there are literally hours of entertainment to be had watching people get jammed in train doors.  All services run really regularly though, and you rarely have to wait long for anything.  Longest I had to wait was 10 minutes and that should have been a warning sign - I was on the wrong train and accidentally got taken out of London.  Not sure where I ended up, but there was like grass and trees in between the buildings.  Soon managed to catch a train back to civilisation though.  Phew!!!
- It's really really cold here.  I had to learn how to use a scarf!
- Our digs are nice.  Small, but I'm used to that by now.  Modernish kitchen, 2 bedrooms, 2 stations from the city, heaps of shops around.  It's in a street that's best described as Victorian, Terraced, Pommy.  All of the buildings over here are exactly the same, no matter where you go.  Sometimes someone gets a little energetic and paints their house a different color.  Any more expression then that in your house and they'll double your television tax.

 

*Well, I think we're on track.  Problem is that I can't remember all of Sat night, due to sculling wine at a wine bar after seeing Spam alot before heading out to a Jazz/rock/groove/salsa club for a boogy...  So they tell me.  They also tell me I didn't have any Fosters.  We'll just have to believe them.

Kel:
Since she's so timely in sending out updates, I thought I'd take the liberty to let you know how she's going...
- She's going well, gainfully employed (they don't even bother interviewing her - She just gets job offers!  Would you like to work here for ship loads of pounds or here for even more pounds and a car?)  I think I'm going to have to take up something in the health industry.  Nursing?
- Speaking of cars, she crashed one the other day.  Well, crashed one in so far as she was sitting in a parked hire car when someone sideswiped her.  She's OK, and not too much damage to the car.  Other person didn't stop...  Hooray for $0 insurance excess!  Poms and driving.  Stick to the horse and cart I say.
- By the sounds of it she had a great and hassle free trip (well, hassle free till I arrived in the UK!).  Heaps of photos and many more experiences.  I'll let her tell them to you though!
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