26.08.2010 - 03.10.2010
Sorry everyone for the long wait between posts, truth be told we have had a very stressful past month! Firstly, our living arrangements were not sorted when returned from holidays in August, and although we temporarily had somewhere for a couple of weeks, we then got told the flat we were moving in to was double the rent we were told in the first place, and for a couple of days we thought we were homeless! One thing about London, the landlords are all dodgy. It doesn't matter if its through a real estate (which this flat was), they still try and scam you! The guy who owned the place we stayed at for the first two weeks we got back took two weeks deposit off us, but when it was time to give it back he claimed we only gave him 1 weeks deposit. So he ripped us off 115 pound, which is about $220. So the flat we are in now is double the price we were expecting to pay, more than we can really afford, but as we found out, trying to find a place in London at the last minute is impossible. So we found a Danish girl, Julie, to share with us, who is really nice. My Mum came over on the 5th of September, which was when we thought we had nowhere to live! So poor Mum has probably aged 20 years since she got here, but she helped us out massively, so Thanks Mum.
So now working is more important than ever, and Mark has been getting plenty of it. I decided to leave my new job, for a lot of reasons, but mainly because I had no flexibility, and the pay was about half of what I get teaching. It was a hard decision, but having limited time here, I decided it would be better to take my chances getting day to day work to be able to take time off whenever I want, as opposed to having 4 weeks holiday a year. When your only here for 2 years, thats not enough time to see Europe! My plan at first was to do lots of weekend trips, but I quickly realised that just wasn't going to cut it. I was working double the hours for half the pay, and I was buggered by the time the weekend came!
Whilst my Mum has been here, we have done a day trip to Bath, Windsor Castle and Stonehenge, and spent 2 days in Paris, which was amazing! I saw the Louvre, and Mont Marte, which have been lifelong dreams for me! I kept having to pinch myself that I was actually strolling the streets of a city I had always wanted to see, since I was little. Mum and I had a great time, and some great memories.
I have finally posted the pics of our adventure in Morocco, Spain and Portugal, I hope you enjoy them!
We are finally settled down now and doing well, after some serious stress! So next post will hopefully be a lot more positive!
Love you all and miss you (homesickness has started to get me a little now!), Take care xoxoxoxoxoxox