Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Time to be a Tacky Tourist

You know those big buses with the open tops, and guided tours. Those are for the real tourists, usually older and just stopping to see the sights. I had the pleasure of doing one this weekend with the family. It was full of interesting facts and quite a fun family day outing. We really enjoyed playing tourist!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Out and About

Life here in London is really starting to take place. I enjoyed fighting dragons, feeding them snakes and battling heaps of baddies. I started a knitting class this week and love being able to learn a new skill. The women in the class are all older than me of course but they are very nice and helpful. I'm currently learning stitches but I can't wait until I can actually begin to knit real things.

Over the weekend I visited Camden Market which is huge, I'm sure many of you will be getting your christmas, birthday and special gifts from there as they had EVERYTHING. I experienced my first London pint. I tried a London Lager which was quite good. I spent more time walking around London and was able to see some great views. You can even see the London Zoo from Regents Park for free. I took a quick tour of Oxford St., no shopping this time! I walked through Leicester Square while on my way home. 

I was reunited with one of my Australia girls to tackle Oktoberfest at Kennington Park. It started off slow as it was a sunday but once the band started and the beer began, it really started to be fun.  

Friday, September 19, 2014

A Few Firsts

This week was a week of firsts; first full week of work, first days of school, first trip to London, first trip on the train, first time seeing a real palace, and first trip to Brighton.

The boys have been great here. We sent the oldest off to school for the first time this week, I spent time finding my way around and taking the youngest to his activities. As per my own habit of loving animals, I've already got the youngest on board looking for cats and dogs while walking and watching multiple youtube videos of cats and dogs! I've really started to adjust time wise but still detest waking up in the mornings!

It was very difficult to organize a bank account here and sign up for a cell phone being a foreigner but its finally all worked out, thank goodness. I've decided that I'm never moving here again, thank goodness I've already done it!

Saturday morning I had set up a coffee meeting with some other au pairs, at Starbucks (so not english!).  It was nice to meet some other girls before organizing my travel card and venturing off to London on the train for the very first time! I was a bit nervous but hey I've travelled before. The trip was so easy, everything was marked, and the city was amazing.

Sunday was supposed to be a bus tour trip to London but most of the route was shut down due to a bike race. So we decided to save that for another weekend and headed to Brighton for a day by the sea! Brighton reminded me a little bit of Byron Bay mixed with old 50's type pier fair attractions and rides. It was very cutesy and I had a great day exploring. 

Friday, September 12, 2014

Wait Up for Me Dear London

I've made it to London, safe, sound and smiling. No real tears were shed this time, just a small leakage, much different from last time. (Did I mention homesickness last time?!) This time I set off smiling and ready for the new adventures life has in store for me.

Thanks for the visit Canada, see you again soon

London welcomed me with open arms

It feels like home already with a farm out my window. I'm settling in with misadventures with the banks and phone companies. I've now organized those this week and have switched over with the time change. 

I'm looking forward to making new memories here and can't wait to tour London this weekend!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Another adventure

Today I finished packing and laundry, 
Tomorrow I leave on another airplane for another adventure in another new country 

A few months ago I accepted an offer to work for another family as an aupair in London England. I will be working for a family of 4 with two boys! I'm excited for castles and farms, historical ruins, and everything else that England offers. I can't wait for lego, trains, cars, superheroes, and boy things!

It's a much different feeling leaving this time. The last time I left I was fleeing a life I wasn't ready for, this time I'm a bit more open to it and it's a scary feeling thinking that I could possibly begin to settle in another country. It could be that I have done this before or I have friends in England already. Either way I'm looking at in in a different view than last time. I'm excited and ready though which is the most important part!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Week 52: Goodbye Australia

Looking back to when I first arrived I thought this day would never come. I felt it couldn't come fast enough. I certainly didn't think I would last 365 days, 52 weeks, 1 year in Australia on my own. At some point in the year I started thinking the opposite way, dreading the day I would have to go home. I was so busy travelling in the end that it crept right up on me. I cried when I realized I only had two weeks left in Australia. 

I'm not sure I can explain how special the people I have met while travelling here in Australia are to me.  I have to say goodbye to Australia for now but I can't wait to come back some day.