Monthly Archives: April 2012

Sooo SURPRISE!…we’re moving to London!!!

A land of museums, double decker buses, a giant ferris wheel, and more telephone boxes than you can count.

So here’s the story: 5 months ago Andy and I prayed for 1,500 pounds so we could spend Christmas together in Alaska. God used BP to bless us with the exact amount for the plane ticket plus Andy got put onto the scholarship program. Andy’s advisor suggested him to consider applying for a year-long internship with BP since we’ll be in Alaska during summers and he’s not able to have internships during the summer. So we tried applying but it wasn’t working, tried sending off emails but didn’t hear anything back. Eventually we both forgot about it.

Fast forward 2 months. Andy’s in the Student Union and sees a lady working for BP handing out free water bottles. He went up to her and asked if the year internship was still available. IT WAS! But…the application was due THE NEXT DAY! Ahhh, so we prayed decided there’s no harm in applying. So Andy spent 5 hours working through an application. The next week they got back to us saying Andy needed to do an online test as the next stage of applying. A few days after that they were asking Andy to fly down to London for an interview.

So 8 weeks ago Andy got on a plane and flew down to London for the day. First interview wearing a suit and everything! They said he would hear back in a weeks time. So one week went by…then another…Andy sent off an email…another week goes by…Andy gives them a ring and they don’t say much other than they’re still deciding. The longer it went on the more certain that Andy would probably get the job. Why else would they be taking so long? The next week passes and Andy got a phone call saying he didn’t get the job 😦

We were disappointed but still excited at what the next year would hold for us in Glasgow. Last week we were on holiday in Budapest when we got a phone call from BP, saying somebody dropped out and they wanted Andy to take the job!!! HUZAAH! We prayed a bit but already figured it was meant to be. After being quite excited about it we had already talked it through at great length. There are so many reasons that it is just a good decision. So exciting! Andy sent off an email saying he would take it but wanted to confirm it started in September. They messaged back saying it started in July. Obviously, we’re going to be in Alaska during July hopefully acquiring my VISA. That was so disappointing since there were so many times that we thought we were going to get the job. There has just been a bit too much uncertainty in our life. Just too many things that are question marks and not for sure or definitely not. It was a long weekend with friday and monday off so we had 4 days to sit around waiting for BP to make up their minds.

Then we got a phone call a few days back saying since Andy would be working under one particular engineer during the year that the start date might be flexible. We tried to not get our hopes up too terribly much seeing the job has already been given and taken away a few times. But today we got a ring from BP in London saying that it wouldn’t’ be a problem and they want him starting September 17th!!!

So there we go. We’re moving to London! Answer to prayer if you ask me! God likes us so much. Andy will be able to get work experience,we’ll have an income for a year to take some of the pressure and VISA expenses off our backs, AND we get to move to London for a year!!! Even if we decide we hate it it’s only for a year. But I think we’ll quite enjoy it. We’ll get to see all of London bit by bit. We get to take some holidays around England in places that are a bit too far to get to from Scotland. We get to make new friends, go to a new church, I’ll be able to work part-time in a twee shop, coffee shop, or book shop. Whatever, I’m not really picky. Just to have an exciting experience in London together. A new house and a new city.

I can’t wait. In case you can’t tell I’m very very very excited 😀

sooo…London, HERE COMES THE HAYES FAMILY!!!

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Amsterdam :)

We were up by 1am this morning. Got to the airport and on the plane no probs. Arrived in Amsterdam by 8am. Got into town by 9. We had 5 hours to tour around and get a feel for the place. We decided to start at Anne Franks house. The line to get in was so long we almost turned around. Good thing we didn’t! It was such a cool experience. Seeing where she wrote in her journal, where the secret bookcase was, her actual diary, and interviews with her best friend and dad. It was quite a moving museum. I’m so glad I went. It also gave me a bigger understanding for the Holocaust and how it effected people individually and particular countries. Plus I got to see Anne Franks house which I knew about since I was wee but never dreamed I would be able to walk around inside!

After Anne Franks house we walked across town to see a few more buildings and monuments. Walking along the canals and seeing the hordes of bicycles was fun in itself! We wandered back to Central Station, got on the train and got ourselves back to the airport. Getting on a plane to go home!

It’s been such an incredible holiday. Loads of fun and exciting times. Tons of laughs. Got to see Johnny Chin. Acquired an amazing tan. Looking forward to being home. Looking forward to our next adventure!  

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Day 4: A day at Buda Castle!

We woke up and got straight to packing in order to get the most out of our last day on holiday. First things first though, we headed back to the market to pick up some cool wee things for our families and a few postcards for friends who had sent some to us (p.s. If you send me a postcard I’ll send you one back!). That was quite fun, the market is always a good laugh. Had a wee coffee then trooped back across the river to Buda Castle.

 There is a really cool tram that goes straight from the river to the castle. Overpriced as most ‘touristy’ things are we hiked up the hill for free 🙂 

The view from the castle was to die for. And the village that is on top of the hill was so cute and really sunny. There were so many things going on that just put you right back a few hundred years ago. Even down to a hammer dulcimer, double bass player, and violin player that would serenade you while you ate dinner! It was quite a surreal place 🙂

We walked back across the river and visited St.Stephens Basilica which was astonishingly huge. The 2nd most ornate church next to the Duamo in Milan, Italy. The intricate work of the murals inside was incredible. We wandered around there for a wee while, got a cup of coffee and headed home.

 

So we got back to the hotel, did some packing and tidied up the place.  Then we got a visit from Johnny Chin!He came over to sit in the sauna and play in the pool. We had such a fun night. Best way to end a holiday 🙂

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Day 3 Gallert Spa and Jonny Chin!

Today was another spa day…that’s basically it 🙂 We woke up and had a very relaxed morning

then it was off to Gallert Spa. I have to say that I got the full and complete spa experience…no holding back. I can sum it up in three words. Naked Old People. They split the men and women up and apparently there is no shame in being naked in Europe. Because as I noticed, nobody had any shame in the least. It was quite cool imagining kings and queens and huns walking around the spa areas in their robes and such. Eating fancy foods and musicians playing dulcimers and violins 🙂 The building is absolutely incredible. After a wee while we found an outdoor pool and proceeded to sit in the pool for over 3 hours straight relaxing and reading books in the water. We got quite a lot of sun I have to say 😀

After that we headed off to meet up with Jonny Chin! Our lovely Canadian friend who was traveling through Hungary during

his year exchange in Sweden. We had a wee walk along the front of the parliament building and a drink in a very very very cute coffee shop. It was tons of fun. An evening walk along the Danube and then it was back to the hotel and straight to bed! Yet another good day in Hungary 🙂

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Budapest Day 2: Cave churches, forts on hills, and other randomness

What a relaxing day! We managed to be up by 8am again and started the day out with some coffee and a bit of Bible reading. Headed to the gym, pool, and laid down in the sauna. Then we took some showers and ate breakfast. It was now 11am. 3 of the most relaxing and enjoyable hours of my week 🙂

We spent the remainder of the day walking around the cave church and the fort right near the Danube.

The sun was incredible and it was so lovely and warm 🙂 After a good long day of walking around the paths and looking at all the monuments we headed off to a romantic dinner…at McDonalds 😛 When you’re allergic to gluten in a country that has no idea what gluten is, eating out gets tricky so we went with the old standby 🙂 Which also means many  picnics on our bed of slightly random food. We both enjoyed it and that’s what counts. So this evening is going to be spent with some more studying, reading, card playing, saunas, pools, gym, food, and a film. What an incredibly wonderful day!!!

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Budapest Day 1 SPA DAYYYYYY!!!!!!!

This morning we woke up about 8am. The time of awakening I did not realize at the time. I was excited to start the day and didn’t want to sleep it by so I got up and got showered, ready to head out on the town of Budapest! Andy got ready and we set out…then remembered we forgot the map…then we left again and realized we should have brought some snacks for the day…then we got a little ways out and realized it was really really cold…then tried to leave once again and got all the way to the tram stop and realized it was really really cold and we should really get some warmer clothes 😀 Then I realized it was only 9:15!!!! We got up soooo early.

So we decided the best plan of action was just to go find a spa and relax a bit. So we headed from Buda (where we are staying) across the river to Pest. We found a super cool Hungarian market filled with leather bags, whistling cups, pottery, flowers, food shops, and much much more. After a wee walk around there we got on the subway to Szechenyi Spa. It was gorgeous and yellow and warm and lovely. We spent many hours sitting in the warm pools getting all sorts of minerals soaked into our skins 🙂

Such a relaxing day! We headed home, did some food shopping, and spent the evening studying, reading, playing cards, going to the gym, and reading in the sauna 🙂 Good end to a wonderful first day in Hungary!!!

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