Moving to the UK

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Well, I did it! I got a call on November 3rd offering me a full time position in the UK starting January 3rd. It was the start of manic preparation, with a lot to pull off and consider. I had to find a place a live from afar, find someone to take over my contract on my apartment (and the ideal person, as they’d be moving in with Chloe not just living on their own); get Harlem started on the pre-quarantine process (micro-chipping, blood work, new vaccines, paperwork); sell/store/give away/get rid of my possessions; move half my stuff to my parents house (3 hours away); consolidate my finances; open a UK bank account; wire transfer my money; finish my job as best as I could; say goodbye to everyone; organize a few goodbye parties; see all the doctors; look into shipping options; set up a National Insurance number; buy luggage and a one-way plane ticket!

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Trust me, there was far more to deal with. This makes it sound like a neat checklist but there’s a great deal of research, emailing, mental debates, snap decisions…

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Just before leaving, we had a goodbye party.

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Huw, amazingly, sent over a box of UK treats and Chloe and I found huge cardboard boxes to make our own telephone booth.

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And my last night in Raleigh was the Buchanan brothers annual Christmas Eve Eve Party! A great final night.

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And shortly after Christmas (December 29th!) I flew to London Gatwick with about 4 suitcases of various size and shape to my name.

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New home: icy cold Headington

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Christ Church Meadows, summer versus winter. You can really feel how cold it is!

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The longer walk to work

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Frozen South Park

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One of my first weekends, I had a reunion with Anne-Gaid and Ashley near Bethnal Green. Anne-Gaid was my apartment mate in Ireland and her friend Ashley, from Oregon, came for a long, wonderful visit.

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We walked along the Thames, went to St. Paul’s, various bridges, the South Bank…

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The Tower of London

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Winter river riders

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The seagull looking for a bite

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Cream tea

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My first weeks and months were full of Skype sessions. Skyping with friends on the West Coast is tough to do (weekends only!) but I got virtual hugs

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And met Howard

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My first weeks and months, I went to London about every other weekend, it seemed, to take long, cold walks every which way.

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In Shoreditch.

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Near Nottinghill

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Near Portabello Market

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You know about this guy

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Fox near the Tate Modern

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Also, Dave (Anne’s boyfriend) came to give a talk about his new book: How to Wreck a Nice Beach, in Hackney at Cafe OTO. Here’s his blog from his UK tour.

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