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Thursday, September 26, 2013

I returned from Ireland feeling very relaxed and grounded and determined to stay that way. The last two weeks have been a little bit of relaxing, some decision making and a bit of organising.

Decided that I should probably make the effort to attend an event with one of the singles groups that I had joined weeks ago. Wasn't all that enthusiastic but donned the glad rags, curled my hair put on my smiley face and jumped the bus to the town.  Not a yellow bus either! It was cocktails at a lovely bar in George Street and there were already quite a few people partaking in pretty coloured drinks in fancy glasses.  I on the other hand walked in and realised I could hardly hear myself think and wondered how on earth I was going to meet anyone in such an environment.  Not wanting to waste a trip I ordered myself a drink, introduced myself to a few people and attempted a conversation. After an hour I decided that screaming in someones ear and straining to hear their reply was not my idea of fun and I was of home again.

Saturday and Sunday were spent in the classroom doing part one of my ESL course. Two 10 hour days! Talk about taxing the brain. It has not had to work that hard in 6 months.   I have now passed that and its on to the 100 hours online that needs to be completed to get the full qualification enabling me to teach overseas. 

The week following was spent looking into a job offer, making decisions about what I really want to do and where.  A day trip to Glasgow was called for but unfortunately it was a dreich day so sorry no photos guys!  Also went to a very pretty town named Largs which was on the seaside and so picturesque so have put that on my list of places to return to on a sunny day.  Although I did climb up a huge hill overlooking the town to see the view and even in the rain it was gorgeous. 

Attended a family 18th birthday which was lovely, its comforting to note that my family here are just as noisy as my family in Oz and just as mad. 

My lovely Irish friend Donach returned to Oz, so far away. 
I have also been on a road trip (yes Mrs Day a road trip!) from Edinburgh to Bournemouth then on to Cardiff, Manchester, Stoke on Trent and back to Edinburgh.  It was a business/pleasure trip but quite tiring as we covered so many miles in 4 days.  I love travelling on the motorways here they are great but I was absolutely astounded at the number of lorries on the road in England. They were bumper to bumper for miles on the motorway.  The weather is still fine and even though I took a coat away with me didn't use it once.  The mornings were misty but as the Days wore on they were sunny and quite warm. Manchester was interesting, I hadn't been there before. The streets were not clean at all loads of rubbish lying about, heard some very unusual accents, loads of angry folk (even at their dogs) loads of very overweight folk, very few white folk and to top it of I got chatted up whilst sitting in the park enjoying my book for a while by a chap who was very very odd. Next thing he has his arm around me!!  Promptly told him I was waiting for my husband to pick me up and when I promised to send him a present from Oz he was happy to be on his way. After giving me his full name and address, so here's to Eddie! 
 I am flying to Prague on Monday morning for 4 days.  Time to spend with Fiona, Lee, Callum, Cameron, Margot and Alan. Very excited and so looking forward to seeing some Oz family.
Tomorrow I am going to Perth so hopefully it will be fine and I will get some pics to add to my next blog. Adam has headed of to England for a week followed by Spain and Croatia. We will cross paths again sometime soon.

Well that is it from me so in closing - Understand that you own nothing, everything that surrounds you is temporary, only the love in your heart will last forever. 
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Gaye on

Hi Janet, all still sounds good. You are talking about having to do 100 hours online, to be able to teach over there. Dumb question, but teach what and where. Maybe you did mention it somewhere, but I didnt see any comments. Any way take care and keep having fun. Love Gaye. xx

janetanne on

Hiya Gaye I have after years of procrastinating decided to do my ESL Qualification which means I can teach English overseas. I have completed the classroom portion and now have 100 hours of online assignments to complete. The plan is to then pick up an overseas contract for 3/6 months early next year. I hope you and the family are all well. xxx

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