Politics and Sex, Drugs & Rock 'n' Roll
Trip Start Apr 20, 2010
26Trip End Ongoing
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Amy & Dave's
Firstly I spent a week in Edinburgh with my big sis - lucky to make it actually and still reeling from the whole ash cloud saga - it was a chance to get used to cold weather again (even of it is warming up in the UK it was a huge shock from 37 or so), it was also a chance to get some sleep without the noise of traffic (something one gets very quickly adjusted to in India), and to get some normal food into my system (meat and dairy products and no more vegetarian curries - actually still haven't and not in a hurry to have a curry)
And to top that all off got to spend some quality time with my big sis Fiona who had taken some time of work to spend with me and on organising her big event - the annual Dalry Colonies Keep Scotland Beautiful Spring Clean - a local community clean up around where she lives. My duty was the same as last year and was to be in charge of a central point and of the most important part - afternoon tea. Despite the weather looking pretty awful the event was great and here's where the politics comes into it. Appearances by Alistair Darling (along with 4 body guards), his rival and other local pollies made for an interesting day and my first taste of the election.
Upon leaving Edinburgh I caught a train back to Manchester and for some reason public transport never seems to go smoothly or normally for me on this journey and this trip again had a reference to the general theme of things. On arriving in Manchester I was amazed that no one was going anywhere to get off the train or the platform. Not afraid of having to push to get on/off transport (a talent one had to learn quickly in India) I muscled my way off and along the platform to come across none other than Gordon Brown and all his entourage (ok not quite the groupie sort more body guards and officials)
Bank Holiday weekend and Amy and I headed over to Amsterdam for a few days. We arrived to what was probably one of the largest street parties in Europe - celebrations for Queen's Day in which every man and his boat (the canals were packed) get decked out in orange and have a party on the water or in the streets of Amsterdam. Unlucky for us most things were closed but the celebrations were entertaining enough so we didn't mind. During our few days we crammed in loads of the usual tourist sights - flower market, Rijksmuseum, tour through the Red Light District, Anne Frank House, Canal boat ride, and a day trip to see windmills, clogs, cheese making, Delft, The Hague and a visit to Madurodam (Holland in miniture). We also got to 'experience' Amsterdam with the strong smell of marijuana every time we opened our hotel room.
Since then have been floating about at Amy and Dave's catching up on sleep and sorting my stuff out. Next we come to work - a necessary evil so I can fund my travels and life, but also something to get me back into a routine again. So on hitting UK soil I already had the work contacts out and guess what - politics hits again. The NHS after the end of financial year (April 5th in the UK) and with the election and financial state of affairs unknown everyone is holding tight of their pennies and just not employing locums. This meant there basically was no work. Lucky for me though I have a fab agent and she has managed to get me an 8 week + placement in a little place called Belper just north of Derby starting on Mon (17th). So I am moving to Derbyshire and am renting a room off a man Mike who is a gardener by trade but is a muso as well - playing in 2 bands and writing and recording music. Hopefully things will settle down not just politically but for me as well, at least for a while. Until next update.