Socceroos vs Denmark

Last night Bri, Andrew, Clare and I went to see the Socceroos vs Denmark.

It was a bit of fun, the game pulled a lot of Aussies, but the play and the results were a tad disappointing. The Aussies didn’t score in the first half and the Danish scored 3. By the end the result was 3 – 1 to Denmark. It was a bit of fun though. And Jimmy Barnes sung Advance Australia Fair to open the game!

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Waitangi Day

On Saturday Clare and I rose early for our Waitangi Day Central Line Pub Crawl (try saying that at the end of the day after a few drinks).

The weather was the best we’ve had in London, certainly not warm, but not cold either and not a cloud in the sky. Just a beautiful winter’s day. We jumped on the tube and headed for Paddington where the day was due to start at 10:30 (the earliest beer I’ve had in a while).

Coming up out of the tube was hilarious; there were Kiwis everywhere, dressed in flags, sheep hats and other NZ memorabilia, and each of them were holding a beer. I’m not sure what the laws are in London regarding drinking on the streets but it didn’t seem to be a problem. Clare and I went into the nearest pub, grabbed our beers and started off for the day. We then moved on to the next stop on the Circle Line.

This went on until about 5:00. Sometimes they closed tube stations so we had to walk, but that was just as entertaining. Most people stopped at bottle shops for their drinks then wandered the streets drinking, and the police didn’t seem to mind so Clare and I joined the tradition. The police were actually amazingly tolerant. Imagine 8000 drunken Kiwis (and a sprinkling of Aussies), and the police just humoured the drunkenness and went along with their jobs. Nothing like in Melbourne where they’d take any opportunity to man-handle you. I must say that the police here were the best I’ve seen in the world.

After 5:00 we ended up at The Walkabout near Embankment for a final drink before Clare and I headed off to meet Adrian for dinner and a coffee. Then it was bed time for us and a fairly seedy Sunday! It was worth it though, you have to get involved in these things here, it’ll never happen in Melbourne.

A note to the Aussies in London however, we should be ashamed. I think I saw more Kiwis on Australia Day. We need to get as passionate on Australia Day as they were on Waitangi Day – a better effort next year!!!

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A Brief Update

So, a brief update on what’s been going on.

Clare and I went out for drinks with some friends on Australia Day. It was a good night filled with plenty of Aussies and plenty of drinks. The rest of the weekend was pretty quiet, having Andrew and Bri, and Chris’ (my travel buddy during October and November) brother Adrian over for dinner on Saturday night and relaxing Sunday.

Last night Clare and I met up with Izmir, Rik and some of their friends for dinner. They’ve been doing a trip of the UK and Paris so we couldn’t miss the opportunity to catch up for a few hours. We went out for dinner on Edgeware Road and, once again, smoked shisha (Clare and Izmir’s first time).

On Saturday Clare and I are doing a Waitangi Day pub crawl organised through her teaching agency. That should be good fun, I’ll try to get some photos up.

Other than that Clare is working hard and I’m job hunting still. I, as always, will keep you posted!

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A Month After Christmas and Snow

Clare and I were awoken today to flashes of light and people laughing. It was 6:30 on a Wednesday morning, so we didn’t get the impression it was anyone coming back from a raging night out. As I wiped the sleep from my eyes Clare said, “Has it snowed?”

Sure enough, it had. We raced out of bed, into our thermals and many other layers of clothing, and headed out for some photos!

I suppose I owe a bit of an update on top of this; it has been a while.

First, I apologise for the lack of detail between Rome and San Francisco and then most of America. That’ll all go online soon and I’ll message you all to let you know it’s up. All the photos are up though, so you can see the adventure!

Right now though I have a place to live in London. The place is a little studio apartment. You walk into the bedroom, dining and living area which also contains an ‘Italian’ kitchen (real estate speak for small), cordoned off by some cupboard doors. Then there’s a tiny bathroom separate. It’s pretty good, we’re only there for eating and sleeping really so we don’t need anything fancy. Let’s face it, priority is on working, earning money and travel!

Clare arrived last Thursday, had an interview on Monday with two agencies and started work on Tuesday. I’m still job hunting. I’ll keep you posted on that.

Anyway, the area we’re in (Willesden Green in North West London) is nice. It’s got some good shops around, we’re close to the station and there’s a nice park that we walk to for exercise and the odd stroll.

I’m not sure what else to report. You can ask questions, I’m more than happy to reply! But I’m afraid it’s no longer like travel, new things every day. But it is nice to settle in one place for a while and get into a routine, and have some time to reflect on all I’ve done (and update it on here so you can all see too).

To all those people from home and travel, who I’m no longer seeing all the time, I miss you heaps. Keep sending the e-mails and photos because I love hearing from you.

Oh, and a big “Happy Australia Day” to everyone, hope you all have a good one!

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Welcome… to Russell Square

Back at the Generator tonight before I fly to San Francisco tomorrow morning.  I did some washing, it’s SO nice to finally have all my clothes clean!!!

I’m sitting here in the Internet cafe, at 4:15 in the afternoon, and it’s pitch black. And it’s raining. And, for some reason, I really love it here. I get excited about coming into London, about getting on the tube, there’s something about this place that gets me!

I arrived back here yesterday from Valencia, Spain, and stayed the night with Andrew and Bri. They are both well, having found accommodation and jobs. It was nice to spend the night and catch up with them. I’m going to see them again tonight before heading to bed early ready to get up at 5:00 AM for my departure to the United States of America!!!

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