31st May - 6th June
On Monday morning we took a 20 minute train to a 7.5 hour bus ride to another hour bus ride to being picked up by car (the first car we’ve been in since that taxi in Slovenia) to get to our new home. We were very relieved as our bags were now so heavy that just pulling them along on their wheels was painful and we finally, finally got to unpack. We have had a job set up in this tiny pub out in the middle of nowhere in northern England for months, as fortunately Ella worked with our new boss here back in NZ . We are sharing a room where you have to duck to get through the doorway, sharing a bed where we kick each other all night, and living above the pub with our bosses and another waitress who works here. We had taken 1400 photos, give or take, in the last two months, travelled through ten countries and only used real washing machines once. It took us ten minutes to unpack our current life contents before having dinner and a drink.
In the first few days we settled in, meeting the staff and locals, checking out the nearest village Hexham (15mins drive away) which is very cute and very English. Once we had started to settle in we set about painting fences, helping out in the kitchen, and finally doing our first shift as waitresses/bar staff. This will be our life for the next three months. For Ella the sheep outside our window is very much like being home, and for Hayley there is wifi and the nearest major city Newcastle is a bit over an hour away, just in case. Everyone is very friendly, the accents are a little tricky but we’re getting there, and the pool table downstairs is going to be our road to epic pub skills. We will be spending our time here saving some funds for the rest of the trip, and deciding where we want to go next. We’ve been here a week already and while we may be splattered in paint, we are getting used to being in once place for more than a few days, and are looking forward to seeing some moles and more squirrels like the tourists that we still are.