Being a Domestic Goddess/Tourist while Job Hunting

Trip Start Dec 10, 2011
Trip End Sep 29, 2012

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Saturday, September 29, 2012

I think some people would love to know how I have been getting on since I have been back, a kind of status update. So here it is.

I like to think that I have become a domestic goddess; cleaning my Dad's bathroom, cooking his dinner, doing loads of washing and generally trying to be useful when required. I also have developed my routine of few hours of job hunting mostly on-line, with a break for a nice walk along the beach or in the forest nearby, with then family and friend reunions in the afternoons and evenings, weekends.

It’s only been two weeks since I was back but feels so much longer. Why? Because I thought I would nearer to getting a job and it seems I need to wait a bit longer for that to sort itself out. 

I think I was expecting too much too soon, and this time out, this time for me is actually very welcome and a real test of my character and new strength from after my travels

I don’t feel worried, for me good things come to those who wait, which I also wrote to my friend who when I learnt she resigned from her job to live in New Zealand I had an inclination to visit a travel website and book a flight too. I felt jealous. 

Again, good things come to those who wait. I am focused on getting a job, paying off the overdraft, saving up again, enjoying the Autumn and Winter months seeing friends and family more and definitely drinking lots more of good cups of English tea. Then with the new year, should come my new plan and my ticket back off to somewhere far and for sure warmer! Despite one of my nieces asking me 'Did I go to Antarctica?', with my reply being "no but maybe I will do one day". I just really like it hot! 

In the meantime, I'm enjoying the moment here and been a bit of a tourist again in my own country and it’s been lovely. Was in London seeing the city and visited the inside of St Paul's cathedral never being there before, beautiful church and I got in for free by attending the service otherwise it could cost you a whopping 15! I strolled around the Tate Modern art gallery centre, for free just before dusk, walked over the Millennium bridge and took in the views of the River Thames and London all around. I then hung out in the Festival Hall surfing the free wifi whilst waiting for my train home, before I knew I was home again as the train takes just 2 hours to get back.

I had the pleasure of visiting the job centre this week to register for job seeker’s allowance, it was fairly easy procedure, I had an extra interview that took an hour about my overseas activity… no I am not a spy, kidding, no they didn't ask me that. So then I was all excited to talk to a careers advisor, I wanted to get some help in how to find work in my home-town area, I was then super disappointed to find out the next available appointment was going to be 4 weeks time. She said very kindly, you can go on the Internet. So that’s what I did when I got home and registered with a few IT contract recruitment agencies before calling it a day. It got me thinking how do people with fewer options and say no Internet at home actually find a job if they also have to wait 4 weeks before their application for the allowance is processed and no advice till then too, how demoralizing and I have got a sense through this and talking to a lot of people the UK really has been and still is, in a hard place out of the downturn.

Today I woke up and had a good English fried breakfast, then a walk around the nearby forest before bargain supermarket shopping, my Dad’s favourite hobby for weekly groceries (Lidl a cheap supermarket was where we were). I felt like a little girl all over again, asking my Dad please can I have some yoghurt and ice-cream, in response to when he asked me is there anything I want. I am very lucky to be able to stay here with him till I work things out, maybe longer if I find work down here.

So there you go, that’s what’s been happening with me. Sure it’s different being back mostly for me, not for anyone else and well if anything I appreciate everything 100% more and that’s why for now I am staying positive and thinking happy thoughts. 

Things will work out; it’s just a matter of time!

I also have had the pleasure to catch up with many old friends, family and colleagues from my old job. The most interesting things we shared were stories of my travels and more interesting how they would look forward to my blog installments, or asking me questions about what happened next when they had read part of it in my blog. One person said that late one night in bed they were reading it, and had to tap their partner on the shoulder to update him and said this is just not a normal travel blog you know. It made me laugh. I know another reader used to check my facebook page to see if a new entry was written over the weekend and settle down to read it all and really look forward to them. It is so nice to start many conversations with what people find intriguing from my blog, I think it brought a different view of my travels many friends or family would never have learnt maybe from just talking to me after it all.

By the way, I am completely missing blogging but I am still very much writing a lot. So with that I think this blog will close and I may just open a new one, something about English life and all that through my new wide-open eyes after travel, be interested in what my readers think about the idea?
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