Sunday, February 25, 2007

In Melbourne

I'm in Melbourne. The flight down here was horrid, due to two small children competing for the title of Loudest Crying Child. I also made the mistake of flying into Melbourne's Avalon airport, which is almost in Geelong. I should have listened to Mark's advice (he told me to avoid Avalon).

I'm enjoying Melbourne so far. Yesterday we went to the Victoria Markets, which are exactly as I remembered them from when I went in 1992. Then we went to Federation Square to see the Australian Centre for the Moving Image. It was interesting, though a large part was closed in order to install a new exhibition. Last night Mark, Nathaniel and I had dinner in an Italian restaurant called La Porchetta, which was near Lygon Street followed by a trip to a pub with live music. I noticed that Melbourne doesn't have the same anti-smoking laws as Brisbane, and cigarette smoke is still plentiful in these places, which is rather annoying. I quite like the Brisbane system of being able to breathe inside pubs, but apparently some version of this law will be introduced in Melbourne in the near future.

Today we'll probably go to St Kilda and then do other stuff.

Monday, February 19, 2007

Pracy in Angleterre

Hehe, three languages in the title.
Other options are: Work en Anglii; Travail w England.

Anyway, the point of this post is to mention that it's likely that I have a job for the summer in England. I'll probably be working in Berkshire. The school I applied with has two centres, one in Berkshire and one in Hertfordshire. I actually would prefer to work at the school in Hertfordshire, but I'm happy with Berkshire too. The job isn't confirmed, as they haven't actually received my application, but I was recommended to them by Kat, who has worked for them before, and she has been told that it's likely they'll find a spot for me.
This would mean that I'll be in England, working from about the 6th of July for a period of about 4 weeks. After that I'll have some free time to travel around and gradually make my way to France, where I hope to stay for some time.

My plans are currently rather vague concerning the travel, as I haven't put much thought into them. The only definite is that I want to visit Lizard in St. Andrews or Edinburgh while I'm in England. I'm open to suggestions from people, especially if you've been in the region of the British Isles and there's a location or activity that you'd particularly recommend.

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Busy as a very busy bee

I have been told that I've been neglecting my blog of late. This is indeed true. There have been a few things worthy of blogging but I've suffered from a problem some would refer to as blogging laziness. So, here's a quick run-down on what's happened in my life recently:

1. I've begun learning French again. I opted not to go through Alliance Francaise because they didn't have an appropriate course at a convenient time for me, so Kat and I found a private tutor who is giving us lessons together. The bonuses of this method are that we can have a course structured to our specific needs, we can organise the lessons around our lives and timetables and we get more attention in class.

2. I went to Sunrise Beach last weekend with Rowan and Klaus. We had a fantastic weekend, and the weather was fantastic, especially considering the forecast had predicted rain and showers all weekend. I discovered the, until last weekend, elusive location of my school's Noosa branch. It's well-placed in Noosa Junction, so very convenient for Noosa's public transport system, which is a good thing for the students, as they don't, as a rule, bring their cars over here with them.

3. I'm going to Sunrise Beach again this weekend, but this time with Liam and Alana. Part of the reason we're going up is to deliver a new futon mattress. The current mattress is a bit thin and not as comfortable as it once was.

4. Next weekend I'm off to Melbourne for a few days. I'll arrive on Friday night and then depart on the following Tuesday night.

5. I posted an application for a job in England today. If I'm successful, I'll be working in Hertfordshire, or perhaps Berkshire, which is not in the same part of England as Lizard; she's further north, in Fife. I'll be able to visit her at some stage though, which will be good.

Okay, I think that's enough for now, and enough to remind my blog that it's not neglected.