The time has finally arrived... In 4 days time I'll be riding the tube and roaming the streets of London looking for somewhere to live and somewhere to work! And hopefully the excitement will follow :)
Since I'm travelling with my girlfriend Monique we decided London would be the best place for us to quickly find accommodation and both get jobs. There are a number of other cities in the UK we would have liked to try but it's really difficult to get the timing of things right when you don't have family or friends there to help get you off the ground. Having a permanent address is incredibly important for applying for bank accounts and NI numbers, so we really have to be there to get things organised, and time is money!
The house share situation in London seems to be pretty good (when viewed from afar, at least). On Gumtree there are dozens of flats going up each day within our price range and in Zones 1 and 2, and to increase our chances of finding a place quickly we're also going to a Speed Flatmating event next Thursday. Yes, it is what it sounds like, you get to meet heaps of people that are looking for flat mates or looking for a flat, so it should be fun.
As always when looking for developer jobs you come across some doozies that you can't help but laugh at. I found one that name-dropped ColdFusion (along side PHP), and then proceeded to list a bunch of technologies that would be required - some which didn't make much sense in context, and one in particular that hasn't really been defined or experienced by anybody yet:
On the ColdFusion side of things there seems to be quite a few permanent/full-time jobs going in London but not too many contract jobs. We want to spend around 6 months working in London so that we can travel again next summer to see some more of the world, which kind of counts the full-time jobs out (and technically I don't think you're supposed to work in a "permanent" position on a UK Working Holiday Visa).
I've just put my CV online so I guess I'll see if I get any bites from recruitment agencies. I should also say that I'd really appreciate any tips if a suitable CF Developer position pops up in the near future (my email address is on my CV), and likewise Monique is looking for Web Design work :) But enough of the self promotion.
One of the best things about moving to London will just be getting back into some kind of normal routine. After travelling for 6 months I've realised I miss sleeping at regular times and being able to cook nice healthy meals every night (not to mention relaxing with some Xbox 360 games!). I'm also looking forward to being able to attend CFUG meetings and other ColdFusion related events since I didn't have the opportunity to do so in Australia. I'm disappointed that I will miss out on seeing Porcupine Tree play at the O2 Arena this weekend though, I just missed it by a few days!
So, just a few more sleeps to go - I hope everything fits in our suitcases :)
P.S. ColdExt Beta 3 will be released very soon...