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The Tramp Rides The Train [20041209|14:37]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
The woman flops down next to me with a sigh. She wedges her cane between me and her own meaty leg. She's already talking when she turns the two enormous lenses of her glasses towards me. "Oh my goodness. I'm so tired. It feels so good to sit down. Well, I can change at King's Cross for the Circle line, now, can't I?"

"The map-"

"Yes, that's what the man back there said. I've been walking all day, you know. It's just lovely out there, don't you think? I can't hold up walking as much as I used to, I have to sit down in the pub and have a glass or two. It warms you right up."

She pauses to inhale loudly through her false teeth. "Yes, I think-"

"I used to be quite fond of walking. Dancing, too! My girlfriends and I would go dancing and the boys would walk right up to me and give me flowers and chocolates. They did! You wouldn't believe it to look at me now, but I was a very pretty girl."

"I wouldn't say-"

"It's a shame that doesn't last. Well, no use worrying about it. My daughters – I have four daughters, can you believe it? And all of them married now. I was in the Square today meeting my second youngest daughter's husband's mother and you can tell she never got over that. She's got a problem with her thyroid and she's quite large now, if you know what I mean. Poor thing. Can't live with anybody. She's far too particular about everything. She doesn't know how to let things go. You've got to let things go, do you know what I mean?"

"Well, sometimes-"

"Living alone isn't good for older people. I'm glad my husband's alive. I shouldn't like to be lonely, I think it makes you peculiar, don't you agree?"

"Yes," I say, "with all my heart."
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[User Picture]From: communistgnome
2004-12-09 17:23 (UTC)
Just want to let you know that even though I never really comment, I do love reading your journal.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2004-12-10 14:24 (UTC)
Hey, thank you. When I visit SD in January, we should make a concerted effort to meet up - you, me & Regan, what do you think?
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[User Picture]From: communistgnome
2004-12-10 17:12 (UTC)
I think that sounds awesome.
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[User Picture]From: elleclectic
2004-12-09 22:36 (UTC)
Hi there - I just wanted to say that I've spent the last 2 hours reading all of your entries (well VERY many of the most recent) and I find you fascinating! I'm moving to London in July and your journal is like therapy, it's helping me to know the things that I should know before I go. If you'd like to friend me please do so, would you mind if I friended you? Your journal is fantastic and quite interesting.

As for me, I'm kind of boring (sorry, there!) but I try hard. I'm 24, still a college student studying Math and Education in Rhode Island (I live in Massachusetts)... I am totally obsesed with the UK in kind of a pathetic way and I'm doing BUNAC from July 2005 - January 2006. I hope to move there once I graduate and teach in eitehr London or a big city. And... I think that's about it for me... Nice to meet you! (Well... theoretically, through your journal, of course.)
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2004-12-10 14:50 (UTC)
I don't mind if you friend me, and thank you for the kind words. If you have any expat-related questions, please ask and I'll do my best to answer.

What is BUNAC? I'm guessing it's an exchange program, but I"m not familiar with it. What level are you hoping to teach at?
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[User Picture]From: elleclectic
2004-12-10 18:04 (UTC)
Anytime, and thanks for replying.

BUNAC (http://www.bunac.org) is a kind of work exchange program that gives you a blue card (like a work visa) that is good for up to 6 months. Basically it allows you to come to the UK and live and work there, but they assist you in many ways, i.e. you're given a list of jobs that you can get, flats to let, etc... - it's pretty wonderful!

Also, I'm hoping to teach at Key Stage 3, which is like middle school in the States.
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