Well, Fort America came down over the past two days and I think we have our place in a little bit of order now, complete with a new sofa, which is what that blurry tiny picture above is. Barry has had to take the past couple of afternoons off to help me unpack and organize. Honestly, I think he felt he had to after I threw a box of hats and scarves across the room in frustration by my never ending task of unpacking Fort America (I don't handle stress well). Now, Barry says I aimed the box at his face, but I think he's being a little dramatic. In all honesty, I was aiming at
Anyway, most of the unpacking is done and after we worked a few hours on it per day, we've taken little strolls around the town. Yesterday, we went "down the town" as you would say here and walked around before going in to an O2 shop to activate my new mobile phone (which has not been the easierst to use. I'm a BlackBerry gal and having a new touch screen Android operating system is proving quite a challenge). It almost seemed like a different town than the last time I was here (May 2010). The last time I was here, the town was bustling with people. It didn't matter what time of day it was, you'd always see a crowd, however yesterday was quite different. It was extremely quiet in the town, down every street and in every shop...it was eerie almost. Just a striking reminder of the pretty crappy economic times we're in right now.
One of the really cool things about being here, at least I think so at the present moment, is not having a car. Coming from America, we need cars to get us EVERYWHERE. Here, not so much. It is a nice feeling to know that I don't need a car and therefore don't have to worry about car payments, taxes, insurance and all the other
More good news, I was able to secure a facility to begin teaching Zumba classes here. Hooray! I've missed teaching lately. Lucky for me, the place, Pilot's Row, is close enough to walk to since, you know, I don't have a car and all.
Tomorrow will be another teeny adventure. My National Insurance interview. Not quite sure what to expect when it comes to that, but I guess I'll know soon enough!