So, some big movements have happened recently. We have moved into our new flat in Shepherds Bush, complete with 9 other Kiwi’s and Aussies. We have a nice large room, double bed with an en-suite on the ground floor, relative luxury to 4 months on a single bed or the odd couch. Mitch has after a long time chasing recruiters and interviews got a job working as an Energy Market Data Specialist and is keen to get started!
The second May Bank holiday weekend was a good opportunity to get out and see some rural South West England. We decided to rent a car from Heathrow and do a round trip…what a mistake we found that to be… The fine print required three things; a UK credit card, a bank statement with address and a utility bill. Three things we didn’t have at all! After some friendly work by the man behind the desk, we came in through from “a flight” and used our passports as tourists to pick our car up. Mitch the trusty pilot and Tam-Tam the navigator.
3 hours later we were off down the M4 to Bristol, alleged home of the street artist Banksy and historic city of naval building, tobacco and slave trade. We tried out AirBnB for a change of pace. It’s a bit trusting inviting random into your home, but our host June in Portishead was very relaxed with us being her first guests. She was a big Kiwi fan, with a daughter living in the country and about 12 landscape postcards plastered over the fridge.
The next day we traveled in to Bristol, to have a look at the city docks, unused since the 1970’s the city centre has transformed and on a nice sunny day was a far cry from the hustle and bustle of London. We managed to get a good look at the old iron warship Brunel’s SS Great Britain. A warship enthusiast mused with Tam at the engineering brilliance of Brunel, only to be met with a shrug and Mitch nodding unknowingly.