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Trip Start Feb 27, 2012
Trip End May 19, 2012

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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Headed up to London today for a rushed job interview and also to catch a few of the sights. We took the early morning bus (thanks Tom for dropping us off even though we made you late!).

I wasn't blown away by the city when we arrived - probably because I wasn't really acting as a tourist all dressed up and nervous about my interview. The hustle and bustle as at Victoria station was definitely interesting, this is by far the biggest city I have ever been to. But I am struggling to understand why this is the only place Kiwi's want to live in the UK.

My first interview was by phone which I conducted in the rain outside of a pub while Liz entertained herself over a few drinks. The second was face-to-face in possibly the world's smallest coffee shop. It went so well that we now I have foolishly agreed to a second interview at their head office tomorrow all the way up in Chester (by the northern border with Wales). This week is getting all the more manic by the minute!

With that all out of the way I finally got the chance to catch-up with Liz and her cousin Dave at the pub. We didn't have time to do much except chat over a few pints but afterward we did get to take the 'Tube' ("please mind the gap..." lol). Since we hadn't expected that we would stay the night Dave helped us hunt down a Hotel.

This is perhaps the only time during our travels where lack of planning for accommodation has really hurt us. We must have gone to a dozen different places and they were all fully booked (there's some sort of 'Olympic' thing on soon or something...). Finally we managed to find a rough B&B in Euston and had to part ways with 70 Pounds for the privilege (the TV didn't even work ffs!).

To thank Dave for his help we shouted him a pint. On the way back we encountered our first "European" beggar:

Beggar: "Got any change mate? I'm hungry aren't I?"

I reluctantly hand him some change

Beggar: "That's not much is it?"

Liz: "Well OK here have half my chicken sandwich?"

Beggar "Oh... thanks I guess"

Me " What do you mean, I though you said you were hungry?"

Beggar: "Well it's just that I don't normally eat chicken, I don't like the way they're raised".

Liz: "I though you said that you don't normally eat anything!"

Brilliant. A homeless animal rights activist. You certainly wouldn't see that in Asia.

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