It’s been a long time coming, but I think I’m finally getting over the “OMG, I’m homeless, jobless, friendless” phase and beginning to enjoy life here. I got a job offer today working at a swanky office near Buckingham Palace. Who could ask for more? I can go visit the Palace on my lunch break and come back with time to spare. Fo’ shizzle. The pay isn’t bad either – it allows me to budget for more than a cardboard box in terms of accomodation. Right now my wonderful friend Jaclyn has graciously opened her flat to me to crash in until I find a place of my own. It is AMAZING how much you appreciate the little things again after living in a hostel for over a week. A shower that has pressure? WOW! Laundry machine! Woohoo! A toilet that flushes? Score.
Slowly but surely I am starting to readust to British life. I am more comfortable using the Tube now. Buses, however, are a different story. They are soo cheap (£1), but I am scared that I will never find my way home – so I have only braved it once so far. Turned out in my favour, so it can’t be all bad. I’m still finding that I have issues crossing the roads though. Either I find myself looking the wrong way, or assuming cars will stop. Bad idea. They don’t. They also drive like maniacs. I threw up after someone drove me home. Did I tell you that already? Gross.
In terms of living accomodations, we are SPOILED in Canada. Uber spoiled. Laundry rooms are unheard of. The washing machines (and dryers if you’re lucky – most don’t have dryers) are in the kitchen under the counter like dishwashers. There is this huge electrical looking thing with lots of switches on the wall in the kitchen, and thats the “On” button for the appliances. So, if you want to use the stove – you have to flick the fuse for the “Stove.” Energy conservation thing I’m assuming. I miss “on/off” buttons. The hot water you have to click little switches as to what time you want it to be available – still haven’t necessarily figured that one out yet. And electricity is in most times paid through a metre (but not a parking metre as I originally imagined). Also houses our size are just unheard of I think. Space is limited, so they build up instead of out. The building are tall and usually have multiple floors – but sometimes with only one room on each floor. Its a good workout regardless.
I am starting to chill out a bit more and take in all the sites. My feet are hurting from all the walking. A friend and I went to see St. Paul’s Cathedral and the London Museum the other day. Both free and both amazing. What London takes from you in living expenses it makes up in sightseeing. Most of the museums and attractions are free, and if not it doesn’t cost a whole lot. We also visited Platform 9 3/4. For all of you who are not versed in Harry Potter literature, it is at Kings Cross and is the Platform Harry must run through in order to board his train to Hogwarts school. It actually exists. Not in the sense that you can actually run through the wall there and board a train to Hogwarts, but in the sense that there is a 9 3/4 Platform sign there for giddy tourists like me to take pictures of. There is even a cart that is sticking out the wall (hard to explain if you haven’t read the books/seen the movies – in which case – SHAME ON YOU!) It was definitely a highlight.
So as per subject line – I’m taking a chill pill and one day at a time.