I finish up at my Australian job in exactly a month’s time. I’m beginning to experience that excited little knot in my tummy (rather than the usual tension knot) and I’m finding that thoughts before sleep are about my life in London – walking along the Thames, meeting people in local pubs, checking out The Globe Theatre again, sneaking into Fashion Week…
The travel plans are coming together, with flights and stop-overs booked. I was most pleased to discover the Hong Kong Airport has a hotel connected to it, so when we arrive very late at night we merely have to wander down a hallway to sleep. Then back again for our early connecting flight. Got to love that kind of Asian efficiency.
We’ve been hunting around on real estate sites getting excited about what tiny little studio space we can call home for an exorbitant amount of money each week, but it’s hard to commit to an area or what’s on offer because we don’t know exactly where we’ll be working. I aim to freelance for a bit (and am stoked a clever psychic I know, Tina, says there will inevitably be some cool work in store), and Cooper already has a place within a recruitment company but is interviewing for a specific school spot over the coming months. Tonight he is scheduled for three job interviews with schools from around London. He just got off the phone with a Principal touting a very Pommy accent but who is not only Australian but born in Ipswich, same as Cooper! Chuffed that his interview went well, Coops is crossing his fingers for this year 4/5 gig at a lovely little school near London-town, but similarly relishes the experience he’s just had on a lengthy phone interview – it will always come in handy for next time if he misses out on this gig.
I’ve already jumped the gun a little, scouting around for flats in the vicinity of this school – or between there and London (within half an hour to London and close to a tube station). It would be cool if Cooper scored a job in this quaint area, so central to the city. Once he is placed though, we’ll know which area we’ll be calling ‘home’.
Cooper’s just met another teacher at his current school who has ‘done the London thing’ and she raves about the experience. She (like my journo mate, Nicole) has passed on useful tips including websites like gumtree.com where you can seek short term accommodation enabling you to search for something more appropriate in the meantime. Nicole (my aforementioned friend who is a budding Finance journalist in London, and old pal from way back in the Lifeweekly Gold Coast days) has been a wealth of knowledge, helping me with everything from industry job links and websites to areas where we should seek to work, live and party.
I’m dead keen to start getting my resume out there – although I better get cracking and update it. So far we’ve sorted out a few mundane items like suitcases, air tickets and stop-over hotels. I really need too check into what insurance we need to take out, order my contact lenses and cancel unwanted accounts. Augh! Must put those on a list… I have several of those running simultaneously right now.
I’m excited to cosy up in front of the computer and gaze out at the grey London sky, dreaming up all sorts of words to put to paper that I can share through magazines or the Internet. I’m looking forward to living and writing again. I’m moving to London from a sunny environment, sometimes is only sunny on the surface. Grey skies to me will not necessarily be depressing, but rather inspirational and liberating. This adventure is not the stereotypical ‘gap year’. There will be no pause in life while we ‘hang out’ overseas. It’s going to be an adventure, for sure, but this chapter is about learning, growing, networking, evolving in our lives and careers. Moving to London is about adding to our repertoire of collective skills, so that when we come home (or move anywhere we choose in the world) we’re even more educated, excited, enthusiastic and entrepreneurial than ever before.