It's 3:45 p.m and daylight is ending. The sky is overcast. A giant pigeon watching me through the living room window. I have a pot of Lady Earl Grey beside me. It can all mean only one thing: I am in England!
I arrived safe and sound on Friday. The flight was good (class upgrades pay for themselves...at least on charter flights!), my bag arrived and my travel papers were found to be in order at the border control. Three times, hooray!
Tall Guy was overjoyed at my arrival - he even came outside at 6:30a.m. to meet me at the bus station! I planned on crashing as soon as we arrived at our flat. Instead, Tall Guy talked my ear off. Then, when he left for work, some guys came to set up our phone, Internet and TV! So much for sleep!
I sonambulated to Harrod's, Big Ben, the Globe, and the Tower. Yesterday I finally felt adjusted to the time, and it turned out to be a very productive day:
I went grocery shopping at Sainsbury's (a giant supermarket by our flat), applied for a few jobs, had a session at the gym with my PT (our gym rocks), and got a library card and signed out a bunch of books!
The coolest thing about yesterday was the library card. There were about ten different card designs to choose from, from cats to quotes by English authors. While I was initially drawn to the dinosaur, in the end I decided upon a sketch of some neighbourhood buildings (more keepsake...and age-appropriate... than a dino). Do any of your libraries offer card design options?
Today I went back to the gym for a Pilates class and a Power Plate session. Readers, some friendly advice: never combine Power Plate workouts with other activities! What's a Power Plate, you ask? Basically, a vibrating platform. So, you do your exercises while you're shaking and have to work extra-hard to maintain balance. Another piece of advice: don't talk while working on a Power Plate unless you want to sound like Darth Vader driving down a train track.
Anyway, I'm settling in. Watch for more news soon!