Wow! It’s been a while since I posted.
My hours were supposed to be 9-5, but there’s no 9-5 about it. Paperwork was rushed through so that I could start on the agreed date. It’s a good thing I’m only working 4 days a week.
Unfortunately, last Friday was taken up with clearing out of the old house. Still some unfinished business, but after threatening legal action, I think the agents are starting to see our side. It also helped that a couple of them have already come out to see it and have exclaimed in disgust at the conditions we were forced to live in. Then it was our daughter’s last gymnastics meet last weekend, followed by another hectic work week. So, I am finally back to post about my time in Britain.
I’ve had loads of things I wanted to say, but I’ve forgotten most of it. However, I do want to comment on my mode of travel these days. I’ve been taking the trains in to work. It actually works out less costly than if I were to drive (that is, if I ever get a chance to practice for my exam). The most inconvenient thing, of course, is to live by the train schedule. It can be tricky as well when the work days are so variable that you never know when you’ll finish, so you don’t know which train is best.
In my first week, I just had to go with the flow. But, by the end, I managed to get a rough idea of the timetables from a couple different stations. The one closest to work is rather small, so there are fewer trains that stop there. So, some days, I have to walk an extra mile to get to the next station. I may have to get creative with the routes I take. It may mean that I also have to walk further at the house end.
It’s such a novel thing for me to commute to work via public transport. I know that in big cities in the US, people do it all the time, but I never lived in those cities. It’s more common in the UK, even in the smaller towns. Given the state of the roads these days, I’m surprised not to see more people doing it.
Of course, you start to notice the regulars on the train as well. It’s a bit of a surprise for me to find large groups of students travelling from one town to another to attend school – a state school, not a private one. It makes me wonder about the availability of schools. Which reminds me, the deadline for secondary school admission is next week – better get going on that.