It has been one hell of a week, seriously. I am pretty sure someone has a fast forward button and they have decided to push it this week. 2 weeks ago I quit my waitressing job, which means this was my last week of work there, THANK GOD! I decided to quit because I moved here to be happy and well that job made me miserable to a whole new level. Being treated like crap for little to no pay is not in my best interest. So that was just the start of what turned into a mad whirlwind of things going on.
First, mom and I have been planning a trip to Holland for a very long time. We were suppose to go last year but it just wasn’t in the cards, so this year we finally got ourselves organized and started planning a trip. After a lot of deciding I planned her visit with my leaving the restaurant so that I would be done there as soon as she landed. That plan actually worked. Its all of the other stuff I have been wishing for that seemed to want to work out as well, all within the last week.
I would like to preface this by saying I am in no way, shape or form complaining about what has transpired in the last week, I am merely recounting the exhausting nature of them all happening at once.
Did I also mention that my lease is finally done with “the flat” ; FINALLY came early because the original tenants wanted to come back 10 days early. Which was great until I had to start searching for somewhere to live again. I really love living in London, don’t get me wrong but I am still really getting used to the missing creature comforts that just aren’t a part of everyday life here. It is sooooo expensive to live in North London but i have no intention of leaving this area, its just too easy to get around and I really like the craziness that is Camden Town. So after looking at about 15-20 flats I was able to narrow it down to 4 I felt I could live in without too much problem. Sadly none of them will ever compare to my LA apt or my Chicago high-rise apt but well thats just how it is.
Here is a list of the places with the goods and bads:
1. 2 Br flat in Queen’s Cresent- No common area, kind of small, sharing with a girl who is completely obsessed with pink (seriously there are things I didn’t know existed in that color!), not known to be the best area. Awesome kitchen, very tidy, perfect price.
2. Studio in Archway- New but not well done, basement, a bit dark and lonely in a studio, terrible kitchen. Personal Garden, nice new bed, no shitty flatmates to have to deal with. Good price, maybe a bit too much.
3. 2 bed flat at the top of a Masionette, Tufnell Park- you actually walk through the house to get to the flat, super nice woman owns the house, very warm being at the top. Tons of storage, terrible kitchen, sharing with an unknown. very cheap for the quality. Clean and quiet.
4. 2 bed flat in Tufnell Park- living with a hot guy (yes has a girl friend), super tidy, nice kitchen, SMOKERS YUCK, way expensive, long walk to the tube.
So which one do you think I choose?
NUMBER 3, yes I am living at the very top of a really cool Masionette that was built in the late 1800s. I have what would be consider the secret attic room and I love it. I feel like I am in my own hideout, the only downfall is the amount of stairs, but its really fun. And I couldn’t ask for a nicer landlady, she is perfect.
I guess the last thing to talk about then is the job front. For a while it was looking dismal, it really is a frustrating time to be looking for work. The recession has caused everyone to be more intent on finding “the right” candidate for the job and of course now they have the upper hand with the amount of people looking for work. Personally I have been searching for the last 4 months without hesitation, which has produced about 200 jobs applied for to date.
One of those being the Hotel Russell, a hotel that I first ran into a few weeks after I arrived in London. I was out one day looking for the Kinko’s to print out more CVs when I saw this grand building right in the middle of a quiet square. It was the Hotel Russell and since that day I have wanted to work there. Well a job opened up for a Reception Shift Leader and I immediately applied, and followed up. Thankfully that persistence landed me an interview, which went well. And this week, honestly the day that Mom got here, and the day I had to move, I got the second interview. Talk about things getting all piled up. The second interview went well and now I am just waiting to hear back. Fingers Crossed!!!
Well after a crazy week that included actually planning a holiday, I am on holiday and intend to enjoy every second. Those blogs are one their way.