Wow, I can’t believe I’ve been in London for over a week already. It’s gone by so fast.
Things have been busy in a good way. Last week I did a lot of house hunting which meant I got a crash course in London Transit. Needless to say I’m now rather proficient at getting to where I need to be!
On Friday I had a job interview at an Anglican School in North West London. The interview went well, although it was for a higher grade than I’m hoping for (Year 5 which is grade 4 in Canada). I just got a call about half an hour ago telling me that I didn’t get it. I’m not as disappointed as I thought I would be. There are still lots of jobs coming available and I really am hoping for a reception or Year One Position.
In the meantime I’ve been focussing on getting settled into London and finding permanent accommodations. Adeola has been most gracious in allowing me to stay here for as long as I need to, but it’s really small and cramped and I’m really sick of living out of suitcases (I can’t find anything!).
In any case, I have found a place to live. It’s a flat above a music store in a nice North East Neighbourhood about 10 minutes from one of the main subway lines. It’s been well cared for and is a really nice flat with hardwood floors a really modern kitchen and bathroom, a large sitting room and a decent sized bedroom with furnishings. There’s also a garden although I didn’t see it while I was there. It’s £465/per month and that includes all bills other than my phone and food so that’s pretty good for London. The girl who owns it is named Jenia and she was born in London although her family is from Nigeria originally so that’s kind of neat. She’s 32 and works full time and we got along quite well when I went to look at the place. She’s going to call me tonight and we’ll finalize some of the details like WHEN I’ll move in. I’ll also get the address from her so I can pass that on to those of you that might want it!
Other great things about the place is that there’s a bus stop RIGHT outside the door, shops nearby, and it’s only a 20 min bus ride to a large market where you can get great organic produce for fairly cheap. There’s also a Catholic Church right along the bus route about 10 min away so I’ll be able to go to Mass easily!
This weekend I went to the Royal Albert Hall and saw the Doctor Who Proms which was a huge musical event. Basically they have a full orchestra that plays selected pieces from the show. They also played some classical pieces like “Ride of the Vallkeries” and “Mars”. It was an amazing concert and I’m so glad I went. Totally worth the £5!
Sunday I met up again with Louise, a friend of my friend Ali (who lives with her husband and children in Germany). Louise was Ali and Johannes’ aupair a few years ago and Ali got us in touch when I arrived. Lou has been great in giving me advice on areas in London and things to do. We met one evening last week after my house hunting and then on Sunday I took the bus down to her area of London and we went to the Cinema to see Toy Story 3 (in 3d!). It was just as fantastic as everyone has been saying so I’m glad I went. It was the first movie I’ve been to in MONTHS.
So this week I’ll be continuing to get acquainted with London, hopefully get some more job interviews, and prepare to move and settle into my new home. I’m looking forward to it! Also, this weekend a friend of mine who’s currently in Northern England is coming down to see me and I think we’ll have a lot of fun.
I finally managed to get my pictures and video uploaded! It took ages! To see them all, (complete with captions) and the videos (at the end) Click on the image below and it will take you to the album. I’ll add more photos to that album as I take them so you may want to bookmark it! (although I will let you know here when I’ve updated it!