Unemployment in London

Unemployment in London means lots of job applications (watch this space… 😜) and life admin, but also lots of time for adventuring in London. These are some snaps of my adventuring so far.

Victoria and Albert Museum

M&Ms world!

Sunbathing in Clapham Common

The Gerkin

London from Ally Pally

Brixton Brunching

Changing of the Guard

Harrod’s! All I bought was lunch.

Natural History Museum

T-Rex!

Paddington Bear arriving from Peru at Paddington Station

London from Parliament Hill

Hampstead Heath


Hampstead flower boxes

Stonehenge, Bath and Windsor

A new weekend, a new trip and new places to see and explore. This last weekend, my Flatmate Sophie from back home was in the vicinity, so we made planned ourselves a little weekend road trip. After a stressful mission to pic up our hire car and then Sophie from Gatwick, we were off to Stonehenge. What an amazing place, with such as interesting history stretching back 5000 years to the first work happening at Stonehenge. It really is worth more than ‘stopping in the highway to take pictures’ as a friend of mine claimed.

After Stonehenge we took the scenic route to Bath. This took us through several adorable English villages which were all very quaint and picturesque. As we wound our way through the country lanes, we soon came out into Valley of the Avon River, looking over to Bath. As a world heritage site, Bath really is quite beautiful with all its matching pale yellow terraced buildings and houses. Are a drive around, we checked in and went for a walk to Royal Cresent and the Circle. On our way back through the city a summer storm hit bath, and we were forced to shelter under my umbrella and some trees from the hail and rain. It did clear however, which let us head out for a drink and dinner before an early bedtime. Sunday we were up and off to the Roman Baths. These were much more than I was expecting, with a full exhibit detailing the Roman way of life in Bath and how to Baths and associated temple were built and used everyday. Right beside the Roman Baths is the beautiful Bath Abbey, which had it’s bells chiming as we explored the main pool of the Baths. This made for quite a magical experience. 

After a touch of shopping it was time to make our way back to London Gatwick for Sophie to make Her flight to Norway, but first we had to visit the Queen at Windsor. The town and castle were beautiful and quite stunning and the state apartments full of beautiful art and artefacts. We finished off our weekend with with a tradition Sunday roast complete with our first ever Yorkshire puddings!

Shock and awe at Stonehenge


A storm brewing over Royal Cresent in Bath

We must have hail for a true English Summer

Bath Abbey

The Romans Baths with the Abbey bells chiming in the background

Everyone knows how much I love a good bath


Flowers outside Windsor Castle

Visiting Lizzie at Windsor!


Traditional Sunday Roast

Kobenhavn

Well, I have now finally made it to continental Europe, arriving into Copenhagen (Kobenhavn in Danish) around midnight Friday after a delayed flight out of Gatwick.  We were those people, rocking into our hostel dorm at 1am, trying to be quiet but really probably waking everyone else up. 

After a bit of a sleep in, and some breakfast which included some great coffee, Jeremy and I were off on our walking tour of the city. We had a fantastic guide, Ben from Canada, who moved to Denmark for looooove ❀️. He did a great job of sharing the varied history of Copenhagen with us as we toured the city. This included Absalon the warrior bishop, the many kings, the great fires, involvement in the many wars that had their battlegrounds in Europe, nazi occupation and much much more. Copenhagen really is a beautiful city, so well planned and designed. It’s a city made for cyclists with special cycling lanes everywhere and bikes generally getting right of way over pedestrians and cars. We were in fact warned about looking out for Danes on bikes as apparently they get a bit aggressive. Our tour included many sites such as the City Hall, Christiansborg palace, the old City Center, picturesque harbour Nyhavn and Royal Palace Amalienborg where Prince Frederick and Princess Mary live. After the tour we took ourselves to see the famous Mermaid sculpture, had a few beers in the sun, and visited the marble church. After a traditional Danish dinner and a quick rest, it was off on a pub crawl. This was a lot of fun and we met some really nice people from all over the world. However, the last club we went to was terrible, complete with a rubbish Danish rap act. 

Sunday after a sleep in, we decided to drive to Sweden for lunch, over the Oresund bridge. The journey starts with a tunnel on the Danish side so as not to interfere with airport traffic. You the. Emerge onto the famous bridge to complete your journey to Sweden. It’s a pretty amazing bridge and it is said that from above, it looks like cars are disappearing into the water when they enter the tunnel. After a break that afternoon and some wandering, we headed off to the Tivoli gardens with our German friends we met on the pub crawl the previous evening. We enjoyed an evening of wandering through the gardens, some Danish hotdogs, beer and chatting with our new friends. Jeremy and I even tried out the oldest roller coaster in the world. Not really sure how it stays on the tracks but it does, and there is even a driver pulling the lever to slow the roller coaster down at the end. 

Monday we hired bikes to see the last of the sites before heading home Monday night. Free Town Christiana was our first stop and definitely an interesting place. Some hippies took up residence in ask e abandoned army barracks and made a little town and that is where they remain. You can quick freely purchase illicit substances there. After this we headed to the for a traditional todo belle for lunch, rye bread with fresh season toppings. We then made our way to Rosenberg palace and explored the palace and botanical gardens complete with guards with giant guns. Our last item of the day was a  freeeeeeezing canal tour around the city, followed by a and delicious pizz in the meat packing district. Then it was off to the airport. 

Overall, I loved visiting Copenhagen. It seems like a very liveable city, how convenient they have a shortage of IT consultants….  Jeremy and blended in very well with our light eyes and blonde hair, on several occasions we were spoken to in Danish, and had to quickly explain, ” sorry I only speak English.” Good thing almost everyone there speaks excellent English there. 

Copenhagen Streets and Canals


Christianborg Palace

Danish hotdog with everything

Nyhavn

Amalienborg Palace changing of the guard 

Being told to back off by the palace guard, got too close for the photo


The Mermaid Statue – Photo by Jeremy Hooper

Traditional Danish food nom nom

Off to Sweden for lunch!

Oresund Bridge to Sweden

Wandering through Copenhagen

Tivoli Gardens

Free Town Christiana


Rosenberg Palace

West Hampstead while on the flat/job hunt grind

After my first weekend of London tourist activities, I have spent this week on the flat and job hunt grind. And when I say grind I mean grind. Its hard work! And before you start, yes I knew it wasn’t going to be easy finding a job and a place to live in a whole new city, but I’m still allowed to whinge about it. Especially when everyone makes it out to be so easy and like you’ll be totally sweet finding a job etc. but anyway, moving on….

In terms of flats, I am being totally spammed by Spareroom thanks to my profile on there, plus have been to a few viewings however most seem to be totally random locations and not what I’m looking for. I’m trying to find a social flat in the Clapham area so fingers crossed (and if anyone reading this knows anyone). 
The job hunt is interesting. I’ve met with a few agencies and more meetings booked in. So far I have been put forward for two jobs but haven’t heard anything. Luckily I have a meeting this evening with someone I’ve been recommended to so hopefully that works out as seems most promising and is in my preferred area. 

In amongst the job/flat grind and catching up with friends, I have managed to spend some time enjoying West Hampstead. Its a great place, with bars and cafes and a cute little park. Its my third day in a row sitting in Alice House for breakfast or lunch, mooching their wifi while I flat/job hunt. Its a great bar/cafe with good food and OK coffee. Not for much longer today though as I am trying to get to the Curchill War Rooms before my meeting later on. And I’m off to Copenhagen this weekend!! 

Breakfast in the sun at Alice House. 

Sitting in West End Green on a hot day. Yes hot! 

West Hampstead is pretty cute


A comet in the sky over West Hampstead!! Just kidding, it’s jet stream from a plane, but got excited for a while there!

Laaaandaaaaaan

Well I made it to London, and wow, what a city. I know it’s early days but I think I’m going to love it here. I arrived in style thanks to my amazing big bro who was my pilot from LA to London. Pretty special to have Patrick fly me into London for start of this amazing adventure! 

I then had an amazing first weekend in London. Jeremy and Nick picked me up from the airport on Saturday and then acted as tour guides for the rest of the day. Jeremy then completed his 7th tour of London with me on the Sunday. I have to say, I wasn’t quite prepared for walking out of the Westminster underground within the first few hours of arriving to see Big Ben right there, staring me in the face. Incredible!! 

We covered pretty good ground for my first weekend as you can see from the pictures. We were also super lucky with the weather, I even managed to get a bit of a tan! Not today though. I’m sitting in a Starbucks writing this post and it has been bucketing down this afternoon (even though I had my breakfast sitting outside in the sun this morning in West Hampstead).

That’s it for now, enjoy the pictures and I’ll do an observations post soon!


In the cockpit at Heathrow, look out!

First day excitement!

Tower Bridge 


Big Ben and the House of Parliament


Standing outside Westminster Abbey, looking out across Parliamet Sqaure to Big Ben and the London Eye. 

 

Wandering up The Mall to see Lizzie, she wasn’t home unfortunately

The Mall

Buckingham Palace and all the tourists. So many tourists. 


Pub dinner with Patrick on Sunday before he flew out again on Monday. Yes those are mushy peas.

Takeoff!

Eeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!!! At the airport, preparing for the long flight and I can’t even begin to express the extreme excitement (and nerves) I’m currently feeling. See picture below showing my emotion state. And yes it’s totally filtered. 

I don’t really have much more to say now since this is only the beginning, but watch this space.