Well we have arrived in London safe and sound and it has been very nice so far. We landed yesterday late afternoon and we were welcomed by Amber at the airport with a hand made sign which read "ANDREW AND CAMILLE WELCOME!" So gorgeous of her! We are staying with Amber and Russell (friends from NZ) in their flat until we find a place to live which is extremely helpful of them. It was so kind of Amber to meet us at the Airport and it made it alot easier to have somebody with us who knew where they were going. We were a tad jaded after having to get up at 3am Singapore time but we managed to have a nice walk and meal out around the area they live in before heading home for an early night. They live in Ravenscourt Park which is near Hammersmith and Fulham and is a great area to be in. There is a lovely park nearby (Ravenscourt Park) and is close to lots of shops, restaurants and tube stations.
Today we spent the day sorting out a few things like bank accounts, enquiring about sim cards and looking for places to live. We found a few places we are interested in so we left messages with them but are still waiting to hear back. It's going to be a bit of a mission but we'll get there!
When Amber came home we headed into the city where we met one of their flatmates, Lisa. Firstly we went for a drink at a neat Pub in Piccadilly Circus called 'Waxy O'Connor's' before enjoying a delicious meal at 'Haozhan' in Chinatown. So we haven't been deprived of the yummy asian food yet and we also spotted a few Dim Sum Dumpling restaurants we may have to visit. We really did love these in Singapore! After dinner we went and met Russell who is performing in 'Top Hat' on the Westend at the moment and we all caught the tube home together. The city was buzzing and was a fab night out!
Andrew has a meeting in the morning with the head of AMX Europe so we are crossing our fingers that something may come of that. I may also have an opportunity to work backstage on Top Hat (through Russell) as a dresser but that is not a definite at this stage and would only be casual work. I think it would be a good experience though and it means I will meet people who are doing the show and maybe get some advice about how to get myself on the other side of the curtain. Anyway we will wait and see! Before I look for work I want to try and find a place to live because ideally it would be good to get work close by if I was to do retail or hospitality because it doesn't really make sense to travel far for this kind of work if I can help it. I am not sure what I really want to do yet but I want to make sure I have some flexibility for dance classes and auditions if they come up. I have also thought about theatre usshering which I am going to look into.
I am loving the cute little terrace houses and fabulous old buildings and I keep having to pinch myself to remind me I am actually here. London is a fantastic city and I am very excited about all the opportunities and experiences ahead of us.