Well last week turned out to be a bit of a bust. I spent most of it in bed or at work and was for the most part too tired to do anything. To say that I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed would be about right. Getting sick when I arrived certainly hasn’t helped anything.
I was excited about getting here and having some time to explore and share with you all before work started but it just hasn’t happened. This weekend is a long one with Monday (today) being a bank holiday, but I’ve had to force myself to stay indoors and recover which is doubly frustrating because it’s sunny outside.
Recovery is coming along nicely but it doesn’t make for very exciting viewing. I could just post pictures of my snotty tissues and cough mixture but I’m guessing that wouldn’t win me any fans.
So far work has been good and everyone has been very welcoming. I’m already noticing some differences in the language and the culture here though is interesting. I almost got knocked over on the tube earlier in the week just because I was standing on the wrong side of the escalator. A rather abrupt lady pushed pass me only briefly looking back to say ‘get out of my way or i’ll cut you’ with her eyes.
I managed to get lost in the underground. I got off at Victoria station thinking it was Green Park and then proceeded to go round and round in circles in the tunnels trying to find my way out. It’s actually not that difficult to navigate but when you are not used to how the system works it can be disaster. It wasn’t until I managed to find my way out of the station and saw that I was in the wrong place entirely that I was able to say to myself ‘how the fuck did I end up here?’.
I haven’t had much interest in hitting the scene here which has surprised me. I’m sure it’s because of my cold. I’m just not feeling attractive or social. I tried meeting a few local boys on Grindr but it turns out that the results here are just the same as anywhere else, disappointing. I’ve already deleted the apps, if I’m gonna meet someone I’m going to do it the old fashioned way.
There is a large community of Australians here and they have been a huge help when it comes to knowing what I need to do to get myself set up. I didn’t realise that there would be all kinds of things I need to do just to be able to see a doctor or pay my tax.
The house hunting goes on too. I’m trying to find my own little place in the north west. I had a great place lined up but just missed out so the search is back on. I think once I have found a place to live things will start to feel much more settled.
There have been a couple of really awesome things about the last week though… I caught up with a friend I haven’t seen in 8 years and I discovered Basset Jelly Babies… yum!