Van’s Travels 2008 – LDN and NYC
Before I mention LDN, let me regress to NYC:
I must admit, before arriving in NYC I was worried. They say London and NYC are very similar, therefore I would like NYC. However, I absolutely LOVE London and thought, well, could NYC compare? Would I really like it? After spending five days there, I can say that I’m happy and relieved that I enjoyed my time. I absolutely adore the city! I didn’t do much tourist-type stuff because I ended up running all over Manhattan, going from one art gallery to another. My one interview I had expanded to four. In fact, a nice stroll in Central Park in a bicycle taxi sounds ideal but not when it’s pouring down, while rushing past cars to get to uptown from downtown for another interview.
My trip to NYC was a success. Too much of a success I think. I bagged a job without expecting it but it came with a price – I was able to head to London but would have to sacrifice my South America trip. Plus I had a flat pending for me.
So what is this blogger to do?
All of July my life was in limbo. I decided to turn down the job offer because deep down in my heart it didn’t seem right. Then I found out the job that I really want was given to someone internally. However, they wanted to interview me for the same position but in a different field. So it was very convenient that I had yet another interview last week in London. First, a phone interview in California. Then an in person interview in New York City. And finally a third interview in London. Dammit, I better get this job!
And now London. Again, a few weeks prior to London I was getting worried again. But I’m happy to say that once again London’s charms have reminded me how much I love and miss this city. (You should have seen me as I got out of the tube station at Picadilly Circus – tired but smiling due to this rush of happiness that overwhelmed me. Good God I’m quite saccharine!). I’m pretty certain that in a few years time I’ll be based here permanently.
At this moment, my life isn’t nearly as in limbo as it was, say a week ago? I won’t know about this job position until next month but it is certain that I’m heading to South America in a couple weeks! I got an email confirming my stay and what to expect on my first day of work.
Downside to London – I’ve spent way too much money here, and it’s only been 2 weeks! And I’ve decided to stay one more week so let’s see if I can survive on £100 for the next 2 weeks…