3rd (and final?) update from London -- 25th June 2006

Well hello again...

Tomorrow we leave for the Ukraine so this maybe our last time with a good internet connection for awhile. I am not sure what it will be like in the Ukraine, but don't let that stop you from writing to us!! We will still continue to keep you up to date with what is happening as much as we can.

Well this last week has been very busy for us. Jon has worked every day and I have had 3 days teaching. It has been good for us both work wise and also for the wallet. Supply teaching over here gives us about 125 pounds (before tax) a day.

The latest on the job front is that Jon has been offered a few jobs so far, but none of them have seemed right (not according to the agencies who have pressurized us to take them). So as it stands at the moment is that we have applied for jobs at an international school in Kiev (Ukraine) and we will find out more about these this week. We have meet with the initial lady contact and she seemed quite positive and it looks promising. I'm sure we will have a good chance in the next few weeks to experience the culture and also hopefully visit the school to give us a taste of whether this kind of job would be good for us. Otherwise if this line of thinking brings us to a dead end, then it will be back to England in about the middle of August for more supply teaching and hopefully and more permanent job not too far down the track. The job in the Ukraine would be for a year's contract.

This last weekend, we discovered 'Covent Garden' where there are buskers every 5-10 meters. Lots of musicians, live statues and other entertainers. A really great atmosphere, heaps of people and things to look at and do. We went back there today too (Sunday) to meet our friend Bex and get a few photos. We walked from there down to Trafalgar Square where we peacefully sitting and enjoying the day when we noticed a strong police presence and then almost from nowhere the square started to fill with English supporters who were leaving the pubs they had been watching England play Ecuador and started celebrating in the square. It was a bizarre set of circumstances as they sung and chanted climbed the fountain, kicked soccer balls around and waved the English flag everywhere. Was awesome to be apart of, but kinda strange too as I'm sure it wont be long until we see the national day of mourning when they lose!

Saturday night, Mahala & George invited us to Sean Young's (guy I knew vaguely in Nelson -- Steve's brother) birthday where we had a BBQ, game of touch (yay) and spent the night with about 20 or so other Kiwis and Australians that are over here for a time. Was really great to hang out with other people our own age and culture!

We have enjoyed our time here in England, although it has been hard to get our head around things, as the cultural differences are more subtle.

Until next time,

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