I finally arrived in my new apartment in Ealing. I've been here since Friday with my Dad but today I moved here. The weekend has been pretty busy (and warm!) and now I am happy that I can relax a bit.
On Friday I met my new Landlady and her husband and Adriaan and his family. We sat together for 2 hours (actually we just wanted to get to know each other and sign the contract...) and talked a lot about this and that. Then it turned out that the landlady didn't bring the contracts (what a bummer) which I need to open a bank account which I need to pay her the rent (vicious circle see?). But I will get it next week, so it'll be fine and everything.
Then I went to Ealing Broadway with my Dad, which is like the little city centre of our borough. All shops are there and I already found 3 Starbuckss, what more do you need? There are a couple of nice restaurants and corners, so I think I will be just fine here :D
In the evening we went to Al Amin, the Indian restaurant I know from Steffi. It was a bit creepy because we were the only guests and they were overstaffed and the 4 of them looked at us all the time. But the food was great as always and I got a rose in the end (which I couldn't take to the new apartment in the end :( )
Although it was still early we went to bed afterwards because we nearly fell asleep at Al Amin. We both didn't sleep the night before and we're awake all day and running around and the tube being like a sauna doesn't help there.
Next day, we tried to open the bank account (which didn't work because of the missing contract, but hey let's give it a try). After that, I wanted to take my Dad to Little Venice but the way I used to take was gone (construction works what else) so, I was lost and grumpy :D
Then we met with Adriaan's family to go on the London Duck Tour which is done in an amphibious vehicle and the tour is partly on the roads and partly on the Thames. Unfortunately, most of the city was closed due to a Gay Parade and something else, so we did an alternative route which was fun because it showed us areas of London, I've never been to before. Our guide wasn't too keen on the Germans I think hehe because he made quite a few joked about 'us'. My favourite being: If it wasn't for this vehicle (it was used during Wolrd War II by the British Army) we would be speaking German today. Ah well, we have to live our heritage.
After that, my Dad wanted to see the hotel, so we went there. He wanted to take pics of me standing in front of it but I refused :) Way too embarrassing! We had dinner at a bar/restaurant called Prohibition quite close to the Tower Bridge.
Today, we just checked out of our hotel (which took quite some time because there was a Madonne concert yesterday at the O⊃2; which is nearby) and went with all the luggage back to the apartment, unpacked very quickly and then I took my Dad to the bus back to the airport. There are a lot of engineering works going on this weekend, so we had to take quite some detours but hey we made it in time.
After he was gone, I got myself a comforting Iced Latte at my favourite coffee company and went back here. I'm hungry right now but I'm waiting for Marleen to come back from Tesco so that we can leave for Ikea to buy a new mattrass for Jeoffrey and our future guests (which is you guys by the way because you all have to come by ;) )
So long and thanks for all the fish :)