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I went to visit my desktop

I went to visit my desktop! My desktop before Microsoft went all crazy and my new job hated desktop backgrounds that weren’t a solid background used to be Stonehenge. As you can imagine I used to spend a lot of time starring at it. So when groupon had a deal to go to see it I jumped up at the chance.

I hopped on the coach (it’s what the call busses) and managed to get a prime seat! Right at the top in front

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After a short one hour ride filled with a tour guide who likes to hear his own voice and comment about trees and super markets we got there. As did the rain. In fact it poured the entire time I was there:( I took a whole bunch of pictures on my camera so at some point they will make it up here but for now we have this:

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Look a I took a selfie:) after reading almost everything they had it appears that they still have no idea what the place was for or why the build it. As such, I have theorized that some drunk guy at a pub 3000 years ago bet his mate that he could build it bigger than him, and since then they have been making fun of everyone.

We then proceeded to bath. At which point I pulled an Ima and started chatting with the nice lady sitting next to me who informed that bath was where Jane Austin wrote some of her novels. Maybe I should read them. The lady was really nice. Turns out she room six months off from her life and was traveling the world. Sounded pretty cool. At least it stopped raining by the time we got there. I guess the place is known for the hot springs but since I didn’t bring my toggs (what the Australian lady next to me called a bathing suit) I couldn’t go in. I spent the next two hours walking around, it’s a pretty nice place to visit. Took some great pictures which might make it up here at some point well see.

Overall it was a nice day trip and I’m glad I went!

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Udi and Esti come for a visit:)

Udi and Esti came to visit me last weekend. Ok maybe I should rephrase that, they came for vacation and I just happened to be here.

I took a day off and spent the day walking around London with them:) We even went to the London eye which is where most of the pics are from.

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I took some awesome pics of the happy couple but… It’s on Udis phone you will just have to trust me that they are really good pics. We also walked to the palace and around oxford street. And yes, Esti (and I guess Udi) LOVED prime mark. Hahaha

The next day Udi and Esti hit up the markets while I waited for my awesome couch which finally arrived!

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Afterwords we headed over to borough market and had an awesome dinner and Jaimie Oliver place it was pretty awesome!

The next day we hit up Greenwich to see the zero marker for time.

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More excitingly we ate some awesome grub right outside the line!

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Just looking at all that yummyness I want more! It was some pretty awesome pie!!

Overall it was really fun! It was nice to see London through Udis eyes since he used to live here. And even more it was fun to spend some time with these two:)

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Happy Hanukkah and thanksgiving

I survived my first holiday:)

I won’t lie I was really worried about spending the holiday in London, all by my lonesome. I kept going back in my mind to the time I spent in India and spent the holiday by myself so I purposely set my expectations low. I need not have worried it was all good. Surprisingly the largest menorah in Europe was outside my window:)

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How cool is that?! The second night of the holiday the London Jewish community had a fun party is the square. They had music and more importantly they had sufganiot! They weren’t as yummy as the ones in Israel but they hit the spot.

I also lit my menora and without Inbar there I had to pick the colors myself but I think I did pretty well! Judge for yourself.

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Overall it was a pretty fun holiday! It was also a nice surprise that one day in the office I walked into the breakout area and the Jewish network had provided some more sufganiot

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And speaking of work, we had a little celebration at work for thanksgiving. Now you know I don’t really care about thanksgiving but it was nice to have a pot luck. It was a nice distraction from not spending it with Inbar looking at Black Friday adds.

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PS meet my new coworkers

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I joined the gym:)

You should all be very proud of me, I joined the gym. As its the gym, and you aren’t allowed to take any pictures, this will be a dry post.

Anyhow, there is a gym in the office (well in on of the five buildings that the firm occupies). Its a nice little, focus on the little, gym. Its meant only for Deloitte employees which has its nice and its bad. The nice is that it is highly discounted, which as you can expect I LOVE. Its a bit small for a company that employees 5,000 people but whatever. I have decided to become the early bird and get to the gym at 7. Yes you read that right, at 7 in the morning! Thankfully its nice and empty then.

One of the other great benefits of the gym is that every six weeks you get a free one hour session with a  trainer. Now I know what you are thinking, its one of those things where they get you a free one and then you have to pay to go again. That’s what I thought but not really, its kind of nice. So I signed up (its free after all) and had my meeting with Sophie at 7 in the morning. She was really nice and very cheery for 7 in the morning and turns out that she is from Boston (UK) hahahaha. Sophie is pretty nice and she wrote up a whole training program for me. So now I walk around the gym every day with my little piece of paper and follow her instructions. I have even ventured into the meathead territory to use the weight machines (torture devices whatever you want to call them). So far I have lost one pound. I know super exciting.

One of the bad sides of going to the gym at work is that other people I work with also go the gym. I mean really, is there anything better then running into your new co-workers when you are nice and sweaty and want to die from pain!? I have been lucky enough to run into three other mangers in my group. I did a very good job of ignoring them.

And this is the funniest part of the entire gym, the gym is one floor below the front door. So naturally…. everyone takes the elevator one floor down/up. Redic? I think so. Just because you have to swipe your card four times between floor one and floor -1 doesn’t mean anything.

Anyhow, next time we talk, ask me how the gym is going! This must continue:)

 

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