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STRIKE!!!

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The longer we are in London, the more normal life becomes . We work, Nadia goes to school, and we explore London. This past week was pretty uneventful, except we experienced our first Tube Strike. On Tuesday night a 48-hour strike on the London Underground began because the Union is campaigning against plans to close all 260 Tube ticket offices  that will result in the loss of 950 jobs. There is a lot more to the strike, but that’s really it in a nutshell. I honestly don’t blame them, but it seems like they really have a lot more to work out before they come to any decisions. We know this sort of thing happens often, but we didn’t know what to expect.

I woke up Wednesday morning and headed to spin class as normal. When I arrived at my local Tube station, I was informed that I would have to change at Earls Court to get to my final destination. Of course I thought it would be no problem and then I experienced this when I arrived at Earls Court:

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That is a LOT of people!

HOW CRAZY IS THAT??!! I could not believe what I was seeing! I wanted to stick around to watch, but I had a class to get to. While I’m glad I didn’t have to deal with it too much, it was still pretty exciting to witness. There was another strike planned due to start this Tuesday night, but has been halted as both the RMT and TSSA unions called off action after mediation with London Underground. Hopefully they can get everything taken care of.

During all of this strike business, we received some great news from home that our friend Laurel had booked her flight to come see us! We were so excited by the news, that I had to start a countdown!!

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We can’t wait for Laurel to arrive in March and show her our life in London. We also can’t wait to travel while she’s here to Scotland! It’s going to be a great trip.

Also this week Nadia received her marks from our fall assignments. Drum roll please….

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Smiles all around! I am so proud of her and loved sharing this moment together. Congrats baby and let’s celebrate!!


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