Sunday, August 1, 2010

Learning My Way

Last night I went to see a show with my new friend Has and his friend Dr. Sean (as Has kept referring to him) over near Tottenham Court Road.  I hopped on the Tube at Vauxhall Station, got off at Warren Street and walked down the the theatre the show was at.  It was all fine and good since I left around 6pm.  Now the big difference between living in New York and living in London is that in New York everything runs 24 hours where as in London the Tube stops running around midnight and I have to rely either on cab's (which are super expensive) or busses.  I have been getting really familiar with the busses that run in my area however, when I take the Tube somewhere and I head back home after they close I have to research what route to take before I leave the house.  Last night, things got a little tricky...I left in time to get back on the Victoria line which would take me to get a bus home, but for some reason unbeknownst to me the Tube was shut down and I was left to my own devices.  And I am proud to say I found my way to Oxford Circus so I could catch my bus home.  Let me tell you, thank you Jesus for the London A to Z that I downloaded onto my phone!

Tonight I went to see Inception (which I give 2 thumbs up to and think you should see it!) with my friend Lisa, who treated me since my birthday is tomorrow...well here in London it's already my birthday.  Lisa lives South East of Central London so we had to find a place that was equidistant between us and that was Streatham.  Thanks to Lisa's husband they found and emailed me the route to take to get to the movies cinema. I took a new bus route that I had never been on before.  I love that I am learning all these new ways to get to places I have never been!  I feel so accomplished :)

Lastly, I learned how to us the washing machine AND the stove today.  Now you may be thinking that I am completely incompetent and haven't even cooked or done my own laundry before, but I'll have you know I've probably been doing my own laundry since I was 12.  Things are a little different here, the cook top or hob as they call it, looks like it would be simple however I was unaware that when you turn the knob on and the gas comes out you have to push a little button that then lights the flame.  It's a little scary, I'm not going to lie.  I mean I feel like I was about to fill the flat with gas and then hit this little button and I'd have a Fight Club moment where the whole place explodes!  I certainly wouldn't want Tom coming home to a charred flat.  And the washing machine, I got a tutorial on the phone last night from Tom. Its a front loader and I've used one of those at my sisters but I know that you have to pour the soap into a little dispenser up top. Not in this case though. Its super simple, I throw the clothes in, toss in a washing tablet, it start and voila!

Really it's the little things in life that excite me.  Now I think I am going to head off to bed and think about what other exciting things I can do for my birthday.  I have more laundry in mind...ooohhh!!!!


  1. Jeanie-
    Just found this blog (thanks for telling me about it dopey!) Sounds like you are having a blast! Miss you already and HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!
    love ya,
    *My old street was Newman Street off of Tottenham Court Road :-)

  2. happy birthday! just caught myself up on your adventures - welcome to london! let me know if you want to grab a drink sometime now that you're here!

  3. Em I thought you knew about it. Sorry, I wasn't keeping it secret from you :)

    love you!

  4. Happy Birthday! What kind of phone is that London A to Z app for? It sounds like it could be very helpful!