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Week one of work

So after being unemployed for two weeks I started my new job on Monday:)

I won’t lie the first two days were kind of boring. They spent a lot of time telling us how great the company is. It’s like they where recruiting me to work at a company I already work at. But either way I guess it’s real:

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Wed was my first day on the floor. It was nice to meet everyone. To my horror it’s a really really open office plan and to top it all off I sit next to a window which has a lot of activity. This is not good for my lack of attention span. Or I’ll look at it positively as this will help me learn how to focus. They are currently tearing down the blinding next door so it nice loud and distracting.

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My new co-workers where nice enough to invite me to lunch so I got to hear about what the office is really like. That being said, surprisingly, or maybe not so surprisingly some things never change and the same stuff that people complain about here people complained about in Boston. The rest of the week was full of training and boardem although doing independence training with a British accent is pretty cool. I also somehow got lost going home one night and found this:

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Isn’t the London eye awesome?

This weekend was full of mostly shopping to get the apartment ready. Basically went and sat on a bunch of sofas and looked at silverware. I also found some nice sheets so I finally have a nice bed.

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That’s all the pictures I have right now of the apartment since the rest was such a mess. Yet again, I got lost and found china town on my walk.

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Apparently it’s right near my house the only problem with that is that I found custard buns:) good for my sweet tooth bad my waist line

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Overall good first week, excited for the week ahead except for the long training.

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I’m officially a Londoner (I think)

It’s official I have been here a week, and what a week it has been!

But let’s go back to before that. The week between my last day and leaving was hectic to say the least. Lots and lots to do and little time. And to top it all off I had to deal with my visa issues. Long story short I didn’t get my visa (and passport) until the morning before my flight! Crazy!

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Although I was lucky enough to have Aba and Ima come and help pack! Boy oh boy where they a G-d send!!!! Could not have done it without them. They mostly did most of the packing while I looked on in pure amazement. One long night later we had a full truck and we were on our way to store things back in Albany.

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Getting in the plane was mostly weird, I can’t believe that what started as a random phone call back in May ended up with me picking up everything and uprooting my life to the other side of the world. Let the adventure begin!!

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We (Aba Inbar and I) landed in London in the early morning hours and what I found out was quit normal waited for the driver. I get the sense that people here are late a lot. We drove over to the temp housing which is quit nice and then took Aba back to the train so he could catch his flight and had a good old English breakfast on the way (it had baked beens and everything! In an attempt to stay awake and not give into the jet lag we walked around a little. We just happen to somehow end up in the shopping district (we are girls after all) and found a nice super über busy cheap place where most likely I will buys lots of stuff.

The next day we hit the floor running to find somewhere to live. We followed some advice I got and just looked up a neighborhood (Inbar did most of this while I was sleeping) and started walking around. We found a letting agent (real estate agent for you Americans) and just walked in, and within minutes we where looking at apartments! Pretty much was what we did for the next couple days. I found apartment I liked and all of sudden the landlord demanded all 12 months of rent within the first 4 months. Insane! The letting agent said it was quiet normal, rubbish I tell you:) Long story short, I found another even better place. I’m pretty excited for it and I got it on Monday more details plus pics to come.

In between all of this flat hunting we managed to see quiet a bit of London. AND we got to see a show:) we went to see Matilda which was great! I really liked it!

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We also got to see coven garden and the palace and another place where we ate food (as you can tell I’m really good with names). We also went to visit the rosata stone which was pretty awesome. To top it all off we also had enough time to make a day trip out to IKEA. I did a pretty good job restraining at buying a lot but it was fun to go and look at lots and lots of furniture.

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Then I sadly had to say goodbye to Inbar but… I think I’m ready for what is about to come.

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Debating wether I should freak or not

As I sit on this bus and try to figure out what I still need to do I’m trying not to freak out.

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Do you know that in less than a week I’ll be on a plane?? That I will be hitting the streets trying to find somewhere to live? That in two weeks I’ll be starting a new job?? Something I haven’t done in five years!!? That I’ll be meeting lot of new people and starting life over?!

So much has been going on its a bit insane! I had my exit interview; the HR lady had quit the look on her face when I was done with that. I had my goodbye party, at which point I realized I had grown up and how much has changed since the first goodbye party I attended. I had my last day at work which was super emotional but I did pretty well at not crying at work (with one exception). I said goodbye to my co-workers some of which I have become great friends and perhaps even family.

As is customary I sent out my goodbye emails. I got some really really nice emails. Some made me cry from pride, some made me laugh out loud, but most of all, it was nice to see that people cared and were sad to see me go.

Truthfully as hard as it has been, and it has been hard at times, I’ll miss it. I’ll miss it a lot!

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Then I spent my first day of unemployment on the couch doing nothing:) It was a nice change of pace. To top the day I had dinner with Saba. It was fun and super yummy. It makes me laugh that I was talking about how hard it has been to leave a company I have been for so long and then he told me how hard it was to leave a company he was with for 25 years. Really put my five years with KPMG in perspective.

The next day started off with more tears as I had to say goodbye to Nell and Buddy:'(. I was able to find an awesome woman and her family to take them and give them a loving home but I still miss them. Not to worry, they like to cuddle. It’s hard to come home and realize that nothing was moved. More than anything it’s hard waking up and not having two loving cats cuddling with me. I still miss them and have a feeling I will for a really long time.

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Then after i dried my tears, I got to check something off my Boston bucket list, a sports parade (or rolling rally as the new people called it). Thanks to the Red Sox winning we had a parade and since I missed all the other ones while I actually lived here I made it to this one!

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It was… Ok. I guess since I don’t really care about baseball it wasn’t that exciting but it was still pretty cool to see people come together. But then again when big pappi (who is one of the main players on the team) rolled by I thought he was a rapper. Another check off my list.

The rest of day was filled with great people and great food as I got to say to goodbye to more people. Yesterday was filled with an awesome brunch with some of the girls from my Japan trip. Yet again I was looking around and analyzed how much stuff has happened over the past years. Mostly it’s just insane!

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Today I went to get fingerprinted for my visa which was entertaining. It was thankfully efficient, but I found it funny that the place where most green card holders come to get processed for their citizenship was staffed by mostly people speaking Chinese. After getting out of there I called the visa people who very nicely informed me that I will get my visa back on Monday which just happens to be two days after I’m suppose to already be there. So… to NYC I go to hand deliver my paperwork so hopefully I’ll get it back Friday so that I can actually make it to London.

Now that I am on the bus heading to the visa people, I have time to freakout! So much to do so little time! It’s insane! I haven’t even started packing yet and don’t have a flight and don’t have a place to live and haven’t sold the house and the big planner that I am this isn’t good nope not at all. For now, maybe I’ll spend the rest of the bus ride trying to calm down and enjoy the scenery instead of my giant to do list.

Cheers

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