10 March 2009

Week 1 in London - The cliche London tourist

We have been here for a whole week today... Seems like longer, although when I look at what we have achieved - I'm surprised it really has been that long...
- Bank accounts: no
- Jobs: no
- Flat: no

So not ALOT of progress, but there is hope. We have found an awesome flat which we might be getting. Its in a cool area, flatmates seem nice, has a laundry (believe me - that is special, they just do not exist here) and a huge kitchen (also very rare). It is quite expensive, well it is for us, but we think its worth it.

We have had no progress with the jobs, except I got a call from a recruiter basically saying there is not alot around... We are still trying.

Unfortunately it seems the UK is even more beauracratic than Australia. Apparently it takes 10 working days just to open a bank account. Even in Aus we managed to open an account within a day!

Malcolm and Sharne have been awesome! A big help with navigating the city and filling us in on where to see and go, where to get a flat and where not to... as well as cooking us amazing dinners! Its like being back home.

We have got out and seen a bit of London this last week too... I gotta say, I love this city! Its just awesome. You can't really describe it, its just got a 'quality'.

So far we have seen Tower Bridge, Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace, The London Eye, The National Gallery (saw paintings by Da Vinci, Picaso), Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly Circus, Marble Arch, no. 10 Downing St, Canary Wharf, as well as taking a cruise on the Thames. We also went into the most awesome toy store in the world called Hamleys - it's 5 floors! All the pictures are named - you just need to click to enlarge them.

And the best 'till last

There's a few things we still want to see over the next few days - go into Tower of London, see Kensington Palace, St Pauls Cathedral and the London Dungeon. I'm also keen to go on the London Eye but will have to convince Rochelle to go up with me.

I have a cell phone now too if ya wanna get in touch: +447948544816

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