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Finding Love in London

It's not all about work when you move overseas, nor is it all about travel. What about our personal lives? Ben shares an insight into his latest predicament. 

As I have now been in London for a few months and I am totally loving my time here I am looking for ways to make my stay slightly more permanent.

Now unfortunately I am not lucky enough to have an immediate family member born here, so after two years it will be “See ya later London!”… unless one of 2 things happen one, I get sponsored, or two, I find the love of my life and get married.

However, to make it look legitimate I need to be finding my Prince Charming ASAP so that when we are married it doesn’t look like a shot gun wedding, in a poor attempt to stay in the country.  This week’s blog will outline the failures I have experienced thus far so that you can all learn from my mistakes and not repeat them!

Flirting is a fabulous way of starting up a conversation with a potential person who can prolong your permanency. However there is a time and a place for flirtatious behaviour and public transport in the morning is neither the time nor the place. To clearly illustrate this point let me share two of my experiences…

1. On the tube to work, person makes eye contact with me. They have broken the cardinal rule of the tube, they made eye contact with me, boom they do it again,  and throw in a slight good morning nod, I reciprocate the nod and throw in a good morning wink (not a sleazy come hither wink, a nice normal good morning wink). Person A sitting opposite me promptly breaks eye contact and pretends to fall asleep on the train right in front of me!

Moral: Apparently all winking at 7:00am in the morning is sleazy winking and never a good morning wink - people don’t wink!

2. Once again public transport,  early morning on the way to school. PPC (Potential Prince Charming) gets on bus and is standing in front of me. The bus takes of suddenly and the PPC begins to fall backwards, with reflexes rivalling a ninja’s, I catch him and steady him, without missing a beat I say “Looks like you are falling for me, don’t worry you aren’t the first man who has!” (note: no wink!) PPC turns beetroot red, grunts out a thanks and runs when the doors open.

With all the luck I am having in the real world I might just go online. I mean really what is the worst that could happen on Tinder? 

Ben is an Australian-trained special educational needs teacher and is a teacher of the deaf. If you haven't already, read another of his blogs Learning the Lingo.

Tags: BenC, London, Australia, teaching, love, Uxbridge

Category: Australian Teachers

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