*sarf is how my friend Jill (a true northerner through and through) spells "south" with regards to southern England...and she would never admit that she can see why the move was actually a good thing.
In my last blog post, I shared photos and experiences of a really fun week back down south (Bournemouth area) where I lived my first life in the UK many, many years ago. In addition to having a great time on vacation here a couple weeks ago, a seed was planted that I might want to consider moving down here to work, at least for the summer. And that seed has sown and then some!
The short version is that I have not only returned to Bournemouth to live (Ringwood, actually) but I am ALSO returning to TEFL for the summer (Teaching English as a Foreign Language), the career I had in my first life here too! It'll be great to get back to work as it's been a while (boooo) and knowing the job, at least as I remember it, it'll be a really fun and full summer! I will continue to look for a job in my chosen field during the coming months but will start work this Monday for sure. Yay! So huge thanks to friends Lyn, Gus and Sarah who all convinced me to work again in TEFL and do it at their school, too!
I just completed my move down here, renting a small bungalow and it is heaven I tell you, h-e-a-v-e-n...no more sharing of space, no more mess (unless I make it), so quiet my ears almost hurt, fairly spacious and it feels somewhat rural in Ringwood even though it has motorway access just minutes away. Abby and I spent our first night there last night and I slept like a log. Abby, being the well-travelled dog she is, took to moving like a duck to water. So she's not even had to adjust, she just does it naturally. She has her own enclosed backyard (where I can actually let her off to go explore) and a larger front yard too!
In a matter of two weeks I got a job, a car and a new home. Boom, boom, boom! All is well.