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After living and studying in the USA for a number of years, Bobby has made the decision to move back to the UK and has brought with him his wife and two children. 

As I arrived at Gatwick Airport and stepped foot inside the country where I was born and raised I had many emotions running through my mind. Did I make the right decision? Will my children be happy? What is it like teaching in the UK? Will I get my British accent back? I can’t wait to eat some sweets and so many more. It was an emotional rollercoaster ride to get to that point and I knew the ride was only just beginning.

As I got to see my family, and saw how happy my wife and children were I felt a little more assured we were doing the right thing. Then as I got into the car to drive the congested narrow streets of London I realized two things. First I was sitting in the passenger side (Not the first time and won’t be the last time that happens to anyone from North America) and secondly driving in the UK was going to be more challenging than any 25 children in any classroom in the country.

Eventually I did make it to my new home and both my mirrors were still attached to the car! Word of advice for anyone new to driving in the UK – Buy a very small car, as insurance is a lot cheaper and it is much easier to maneuver the narrow streets.

The next little loop in my rollercoaster ride would be opening up a UK bank account. In America anyone can walk in and open up a bank account, but in the UK it is rather difficult. Many banks need utility bills and other forms of ID before even talking with you and many just give you a basic account. This means that your card will not work in stores and you have to take money out and use cash. Luckily for me they found my old bank account from 2001 and just reopened it. The highlight of that day was when they told me I had 5 pound and 12 pence in that account.

So now I am in my house and after a few days of settling in and adjusting to the many different changes I still have doubts. Should I have moved from the land of baseball, twinkies, and air conditioned houses? I guess everyone that makes this journey will question their decision and that is fine.

I do know that this ride would have been a lot more difficult had it not been for the people at Protocol Education. Not only do they try to make it as smooth as possible, but they genuinely care about their teachers. The induction is very informal, yet informative and you leave knowing they have your back. Next week I start supply work and I know I will have plenty more experiences to write about. 

Before I go I wanted to leave you with a quote, “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover” – Mark Twain

Coming up next:

  • First week of Supply Work
  • The winner of the best English chocolate is…..
  • If Soccer is called Football than what is Football called? And other word differences

Tags: Bobby, Leicester

Category: Australian Teachers

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