We touched down in Heathrow airport at close to 6am and it was fresh 5 degrees outside. Customs was easy as, I thought it would be harder along with a few more grueling questions. Signage around the place was useful and in no time at all we were on the underground tube. It felt like it was the afternoon because weâ€™d been up for 3 or so hours but really it was 7 am and London was all going to work and school. The closer we got to central London the more packed the tube got. It was busy enough that at some stops people couldnâ€™t get on to the train. We thought we were going to have a hard time getting off the train with our already difficult to carry luggage (I had to carry Rachâ€™s big back pack as she was struggling with it). Teri met us at the station and we went back to her place from there.
The tube is easy as to use. There are helpful maps and signs every where in the stations and on the trains. I hope that we pick a place to live that is close to the tube as itâ€™s so easy to get to places on it. Rach and I have been back and forth and via different routes a fair bit so far with no probs. I read it once before and totally agree, the tube map is something you will become very familiar with. Being on the tube makes you feel like youâ€™re in Sydney because the maps of the tub network look like the same maps of the Sydney rail network. As well as London being very multicultural just like Sydney, youâ€™d never know you were in London just by looking at the crowd.
We went to our 1st contact orientation day. We caught the tub in to some where and grabbed some lunch from Subway. Subway here donâ€™t have chicken fillet. What is going on? At our orientation, they spoke to us and about 30 other people all from home, NZ or South Africa. At the session we signed up for our bank account and got our UK sim card and a phone call card.
Later in the day we caught up with Jo. After to speaking to her for a little while it felt like weâ€™d seen her just last week, even though it was really almost a year.