After weeks of anticipation, a number of going away parties and a few goodbyes I have made it to England. So for those of you who thought that I was never going to leave, I have in fact accepted a job in the UK and have made the move! That means that my weekly going away parties must end...
My flight was interesting to say the least. My parents and little bro and sis saw me off at the airport after a nice meal with my sisters family. My flight that was originally supposed to leave at 10:50pm from Hamilton didn't leave until about 1:30am. Once we got on the flight we all realized that they had combined two direct flights, one which was to go directly to Glasgow and one that was to head directly to London. Well we got on the flight and were told that the flight would go to London and then to Glasgow!! I've never seen such a large group of mad Scotsman!! There was yelling and screaming and carrying on which basically fell on deaf ears because our flight crew was Icelandic. Their english left a lot to be desired but these Icelandic ladies were not hard to look at so it made the flight slightly more bearable.
I arrived at Gatwick airport around 2pm in the afternoon local time where I was met by a good friend of the family. Bill and Hillary, or the Hillbillies as they are often referred to as were very welcoming and fed me well. It was a bit of a trade actually as they left today to head to Canada to visit my grandparents. They live in a town called Crawley which is quite nice. I went out for a little adventure on a purple raleigh bike to tour around the town. Among other things I saw a Lambourghini... a game of netball (much like basketball)... a few football matches (soccer of course)... and checked out a local golf course. Luckily the golf is about the same price as in Canada, £14 for a round so it is pretty reasonable.
I am now at the Stanschus household which is in Harwell (about an hour from London). BIG THANKS to Christine who drove about three hours round-trip to pick me up from Bill and Hill's. Her and her family have been kind enough to allow me to stay here for a little while until I get myself organized and find my own flat. They live in a beautiful house which is about 550 years old!!! I am starting work tomorrow and will be shadowing the current director of coaching for the next month as part of my training for this role. I found out today that my franchise visits will bring me not only around England but also to Ireland, Greece and Africa!
That brings you up to date... cheers to all my family and friends for all your support over the last few weeks and I look forward to seeing you all soon... when you come to visit me!
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