Embarking solo – weeks 2 and 3
After the quick trip to the states for Christmas, I flew back to the UK solo again. I had about two more weeks alone to get various things done with the most important items being secure a house and start working. Well, in the UK many places completely shut down the week between Christmas and New Year’s. That meant the letting agency with the house we were really interested in was closed and I would get no answer until after January 3rd. So I set up a few last minute viewings on other potential properties with letting agencies that were actually open to see other options while waiting.
But the Brits weren’t the only ones taking time off. Many people/offices at work were also closed or had very limited hours meaning not much was getting done on that front either. I accomplished what I could but meant I had a lot of down time. I took advantage of that and did a bit of sightseeing locally including an amazing cathedral, beautiful gardens and some yummy food. I also caught up on sleep and reading.
They day before my first scheduled shift I got word that I would indeed get to start seeing patients, albeit without computer access. Most of our stuff is still on paper so it wasn’t a big inconvenience. My first shift was New Year’s Eve followed by New Year’s Day. Thankfully things weren’t too crazy and I was able to settle in fairly well.
After the holiday weekend I had some bad news. The owner of the house we were pinning our hopes on decided she wasn’t comfortable with tenants who had a dog despite saying “pets considered” in the ad. We were bummed but continued looking. C suggested we offer higher monthly rent or deposit to help ease her fears. I scoffed at the idea but asked the letting agency anyway. Sure enough, they accepted our offer!
The next day I flew across the pond yet again to meet up with C & H and officially start our great big adventure together.