New phone number, pay as you get friends, i just now need a new job and flat! The search will begin later this week and i shall pop to London and take it from there. All this sort of stuff is really boring but once it is done i should be more relaxed back in UK.
I have spent a few days at my parents’ cottage in Norfolk which has been ok, and good to see them, but after a while it can be frustrating as i can’t get anything done here. I felt obliged to stay after not seeing them for over a year, and they’ve helped me to reactivate my bank cards and sort a few other things out.
My first reaction on getting home was of just how cold it is, having been in Kuala Lumpur at the start of the week. November to February are always a bit nippy here, so it wasn’t anything i wasn’t expecting, but was still a shock to the system. I didn’t even have any jeans or trousers on me, as had slashed the bottom halfs off to make some funky shorts, which will now be useless for the next 6 months. I don’t plan to go anywhere anytime soon, certainly not on a plane! I am happy to keep it simple and just generate some cash for Ruby’s visa application. We hope she can apply around the turn of the year. Each application costs £600, so i don’t want to apply without being ready and having a good chance of success.
She was pretty upset when we separated in Southern Thailand, but now seems ok as her company finally coughed up her bonus which will keep her going for months. She’s even planning to buy a new camera so that she can keep me updated on her latest adventures in China. She’s visiting a friend in Hunan province who lent her some money for the trip.
I must say it feels pretty strange being back home now, and i don’t have a feeling of home anywhere anymore, unfortuantely. I am hoping that a few years in London will bring that back though, particularly if we can manage to arrange a mortgage next year. I always had great affection for London and it will now seem relatively calmer and quiet to where i was in Shanghai, so hope we can be happy there for some time. Over the last few years we have both lived in several cities and it would be nice for us to finally settle somewhere for an extended period. Of course, the main issues with that is whether Ruby gets a visa or not, and also whether she likes living in London or not. I think she will generally like the differences, but the climate and the cuisine maybe a problem, but only time will tell…