Take A Chill Pill

21 02 2009

2461004983_113e222ffa_mIt’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.

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11 responses

21 02 2009
Anthony

So Harry Potter is for reals?…. hehe

Anywho, glad that your making your way London. My ten hour stay back in ’01 was enough to leave me thirsting for more. Yet, you know where I’ll be instead 🙂

22 02 2009
Sara

Sounds like you’re off to a great start. By the way, I could use a few those pills myself.

22 02 2009
Car Hire Cyprus

Its a great city for art lovers but it is dam expensive even more expensive than Dublin.

22 02 2009
dyptp

Hey, this is my first visit to your site – glad you’re settling in to London! Hopefully you’ll find somewhere permenant to live that doesn’t have a big panel of switches in the kitchen – I live in the UK and don’t have one, in fact I don’t think I’ve ever seen on! London is totally different from where I live (Torbay, UK) where the houses do tend to be big and spacious and we don’t have a massive amount of built-up / apartment blocks. If you get a chance you should definitely visit outside of London – it’s like another world! Good luck! jen x

23 02 2009
Anna

@Anthony: Harry Potter IS for real. Don’t ruin my fun. Haha.

@Sara: Imagine those pills actually existed. I would be their #1 consumer.

@Car Hire Cyprus: It is expensive…but only in certain respects. Eating out is expensive – not groceries. Transport is expensive – so try to use the bus (tricky I know). I am slowly finding out that it IS all possible!

@dyptp: I agree with you 100%….it is very different outside of London and I definitely plan on visiting there. I still haven’t figured out the switches, so I’ll let you know, Haha.

24 02 2009
Sam Adams

Hope you get a job soon. Interesting blog!

26 02 2009
Stevo

The crossing the street thing nearly cost me my life on a daily basis. I was happy to leave England for that very reason. I forgot you were moving there, I could have looked you up on my visit a few weeks back.

1 06 2009
Anthony

Umm, yello’? You still alive?!

30 08 2009
Andrea

Culture shock eh?

4 02 2010
20 09 2010
aldo

Hey, I work with the CheapOair travel blog (cheapoair.typepad.com) and we’re interested in having you guest blog for us. Please contact me if you’re interested. Thanks! Aldo.

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