OK I'm starting to get into the swing of things. We've gotten a lot of the boring stuff out of the way like getting a national insurance number (like a tax file number) and opening a bank account with Barclays. Now, it's time to have a bit of fun.
All it took, was the weather to turn bad and suddenly I felt, yeah, this is starting to feel more like London. Getting into the London groove has entailed countless warm hours at a cafe, sipping chai lattes and chatting to old friends. Also I went speed-dating! Don't panic, Kevin and I are still going strong after celebrating our 9 year anniversary. No, this was for housemates. It's run by spareroom.co.uk and basically you wear a sticker with your name, price range and the area you want to live in and just meet other people who you could possibly share house with. You get a red sticker if you are looking for a room and a white if you've got a spare room.
I wasn't actually looking for a place yet since Kevin's sister has kindly shared her apartment with us rent free til we find a place of our own. So since there's no pressure we figured we'd find jobs first so we can look for places nearby work. But a friend of mine was going to this gig so I figured I'd come along and be her wing-woman.
Well it turns out that I too found some lovely people that would actually like to live with Kevin and I, so we might be moving out sooner than later if they have a decent place for us all. I guess when opportunities like these arise you got to be flexible with the 'plan'.
I also discovered that London's first cat cafe (following the success of those in Tokyo) was opening up soon! Ten minutes from where we live! I think we all know by now how much I love cats so this is certainly right up my alley and I am so excited about it I'm hoping to be involved with it somehow. Toni Nguyen, cat hostess. Has a nice ring to it. Anyways, they will likely be recruiting within the month but tomorrow I'm heading over there to help out with some of the set up stuff so hopefully more opportunities arise. Otherwise it's back to being a vet for me. They both involve cats so it's all good.
Anyways, I'm really excited about London now and after speaking to some other Aussie expats it seems completely normal to feel a bit of shock/depression/displacement once arriving here so I'm glad I had the support network I did and now I can finally relax and enjoy myself. More from me soon.