Entering Phase II

Trip Start May 31, 2006
Trip End Ongoing

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Friday, May 18, 2007

It's been a while since we've recapped on our current lives, apart from the travelling we've engaged in as of late. The "adjusting to London" phase is well out of the way and the novelty of living in a new city has pretty much worn off.  Our curiosities however, are still elated and we never pass up a chance to visit a new place or learn something new about our host country. 
Nonetheless, our first stage in London has now passed and we have now entered the second.  The reason we feel there are two stages of our stay here is because our plans changed drastically midway.  As those of you who have painstakingly been following this log know, we were supposed to leave London this precise month (May) to go back to Mallorca and work the second summer season of the night club we were managing there.  Given our present circumstances, and as much as we enjoy the sun and the sea, we decided against it and settled for another 6 months here in London. 
Not only is it financially advantageous for us to stay in London, but also more 'animated'.  Mallorca had been great for us last year as a landing ground for our first trip, but it was also tedious and monotonous.  We decided that we had already been there and done that, and as far as experiences go, we don't want to relive one that has already been exhausted.
So there you have it, we broke the first cardinal rule of our trip: 'no more than 6 months in one place'.  This has consequently taught us that we should probably make up the rules as we go. 
So with the prospect of 6 more months to go, we had to do something about the lodging situation.  Our relationship with our crazed and indebted landlady grew increasingly nerve wrecking which inevitably led us to a fork in the road: we either moved out or killed her.
It didn't take long to convince Colleen and Adriano, two of our current flat mates, to move out together.  Between the four of us we would be able to afford a large comfortable flat, with all the mod cons and amenities we needed.  
It also didn't take long to find the perfect place.  In just 3 short days we found a lovely flat just 10 minutes walking distance from our original place.  Three huge bedrooms, one huge bathroom, a very roomy kitchen, and a living room with the most comfortable couch one could ever imagine.   We moved in just a week later.
And what's better, our new landlords were like angels sent from heaven compared to our last nightmare of a landowner: on the day we moved in they left us a bouquet of plump roses and a bottle of syrah to welcome us to our new home.  
On the day of our moving, we were actually chased down by the old landlady and her 'thugs', claiming that we owed her money.  As much as we showed them our pay slips they were still not satisfied.  When we asked them to give us proof of what we supposedly owed them, they of course could not comply.  It was a horrible and scary experience having to face her with two of her bouncer-look-alike companions standing tall behind her, while she accused, screamed, and threatened.  We ended up telling her to shove it and if she had any problems we would gladly settle it in the Council.  We found out only a couple weeks later that the old house was being repossessed and the people living in it were being evicted. 
We're still trying to sort our a few last details in our new place, like broadband and a phone line, but other than that we couldn't be happier.  The best days are Sundays, when we all stay in our pyjamas and bring our duvets into the living room, where we all cuddle up in our huge couch and stay in watching movies and documentaries all afternoon, laughing and munching. 
With the new large kitchen, Ed has shown a keen interest in learning how to cook, so I got him a vegetarian cookbook through Amazon so he can indulge us with his growing skill.  His first banana bread turned out a little burnt on the outside but perfectly cooked and tasty in the centre, which is the only part that matters....right?
So while we enjoy our new home, we ponder on better things to come and more changes ahead.  Ideas are the one thing Ed and I don't lack, and even though it's hard to sometimes make them reality, we're almost always pleasantly surprised by the choices we make and the outcome of our designs.  So for now we can just breathe easy....
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