I must say, this past month has been a whirlwind.
At the begining of the month we gave our lovely housemates notice to move out of our current 2 bed flat in East London and have been house hunting for something a little larger, with a garden, in South West London. So far we have loved our 6 months in East London and I have gotten used to the Bangladeshi and Pakistani shop keepers who generously give me discounts on their already ridiculously cheap produce. But we find ourselves drawn to the lifestyle and vibe of the south west for the looming summer. We are setting ourselves up for the foreseeable future.
Now that I am in the final stages of negotiating a contract at work, Dan has frantically been applying for a more permanent or secure role. He has been enjoying the flexibility temp work in a market researchcentre, but there is always the worry that it will dry up without notice. With my new contract we have the opportunity to stay for the entirety of our working visas and will be in Europe until at least June 2014. After that, the world is our oyster!
So far I am loving my role in the marketing department at a financial services company. The people I work with are all lovely and on Thursday night I had the opportunity to attend an awards gala at a prestigious London hotel. Since I was invited at the last minute and I had not thought to pack any formal attire for our ‘backpacking honeymoon’ I relied heavily on the generosity of my girlfriends in London to help me find a suitable dress. I had fun getting dressed for the evening and enjoyed lovely food and great company on the night. Hopefully it will not be my last!
But February hasn’t been all about work and moving house, two weekends ago Dan and I enjoyed some London history at the Museum of London, and a slightly gruesome and gory exhibition “Doctors, Dissection and Resurrection Men”. We learned all about the beginnings of this amazing city, the effects of the Black Death, the 1666 great fire and grave robbing and murders in the early 1800’s.
During the month I have also been trying traditional afternoon teas and visiting places with a view around London for a few guest pieces that I am writing for various travel blogs. I have also been fortunate enough to be offered a regular column in the Australian Times and the first edition was published yesterday. Australian Times is a British publication and website that connects with Australians living in the UK. It covers a variety of news, sport, entertainment, careers and travel and my new column, “Honeymooning Nomad”. Feel free to check it out online at: http://www.australiantimes.co.uk/ .
So to say the least, we have been busy! While it is still quite cold (-1°C to 3°C) we have noticed a quick change in the seasons and experienced temperatures of 9°C yesterday. The days are becoming much longer and the sun is starting to set after I leave work at the end of the day.
This afternoon we are going to celebrate the start of March and the first weekend of spring with a BBQ with some fellow Aussies… We hope to see maximum temperatures to 6°C before it drops to -1°C. And just like that the heavens have opened and the sun has just appeared!!
It’s going to be a wonderful afternoon for a BBQ!