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Couchsurfing in Brighton

16 Apr 09

brighton-uk

In my last post I was heading down to Brighton for the Easter long weekend. The trip from London to Brighton via train was a very quick 1 hour journey, much closer then I first thought.

I had organised to stay on a strangers couch which is known as couchsurfing, this was a first for me. Your host doesn’t charge you to stay but more importantly their local knowledge of the city your visiting is what I found to be the real winner. In return you can host them when they come visit your home town.

  • The first night my host took me out with his friends & flatmates to experience the nightlife Brighton had to offer.
  • My host & flatmates cook up a very English Chicken Roast dinner complete with my very first home made Yorkshire Pudding.
  • The Royal Pavilion – It was built in the early 19th Century as a seaside retreat for the then Prince Regent.
  • Brighton Pier – mini theme park on the pier, was quite busy with spectacular views.
  • Brighton Mania – some expensive boats & property around this area, the marina is home to variety of shops & upmarket restaurants.
  • Explored the ‘lanes’ of Brighton which are filled with clothing stores, cafes & all sorts of arty & homeware shops.
  • Devils Dyke – Had a beer and took in the calming views of the English countryside.

I had great weekend away meeting new people & places, the couchsurfing experince was daughtning at first but I was made very welcome and settled in with no dramas.

Job Update + Out & about in London

10 Apr 09

finsbury-park-london-daffodils

I have been without a job for close to a month now. The market has been quite tough especially towards the end of March, early April being the end of the financial year in the UK.

In the past week I have noticed in the area of Front End Development the contact side of the job market has improved quite rapidly. So much so I have attended a number of interviews and had 3 jobs offers! I can’t believe the turnaround. I start my new job on Tuesday working on a great project.

With the temperatures warming up and days getting longer now was a great time to get outdoors, here’s what ive been up to over the past few weeks…

  • Sleeping in  🙂
  • Finsbury Park – This 45 hectare park is just up the road, its massive spanning over 2 suburbs.
  • Hyde Park & Green Park – Located in central London, had a lovely day walking around.
  • Heaven Foam Party – Loads of fun was soaking wet by the end of the night.
  • South Bank – Nice warm weather, people were flocking outdoors for the sunshine.
  • St Johns Wood – quite high density apartments which are quite sort after. Kate Moss & Sir Paul McCartney are some hight profile residents.
  • Hampstead Heath – This is one of the more affluent suburbs around London, some of the most expensive property is located in the Hampstead area. The shops that line the streets are aimed at the high end consumers. Jamie Oliver is a resident in Hampstead.

The Easter long weekend is here, I am venturing down to sunny Brighton today, going par-take in my first CouchSurfing experience – im excited!

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