Thursday, May 16, 2013

The Work Has Begun...(with some fun in between)

We landed in Birmingham England last Tuesday and were met at the airport by our son, Steve, and his wife and two of their kids.  It was great to see them again.  We had lunch with them and chatted for a couple of hours then took a short nap to try to adjust to the time zone.  At 6:30 p.m. we started a training session on working in the UK Employment Centre.  We had more training all day Wednesday and again on Thursday morning.

We left for Scotland at noon on Thursday and stopped at the Preston Temple to attend a session.  You can see from the pictures that it was cold and rainy.  We arrived in Edinburgh about 9:00 p.m.  We stayed at the Mission Home through Sunday night.  The Home is really a beautiful home that was built in the 1860’s.  An office was added on in the 1960’s. 

Elder & Sister Hambelton
This is the couple we are replacing

Elder & Sister Boden
A cold day at the Preston England Temple
We spent Friday in the Edinburgh Employment Resource Centre learning how it has been operating.  We went to dinner with the Employment Specialists and his wife from the Dundee Stake.  We ate in a pub/restaurant that was 350 years old.  I almost ordered haggis, but thought I would wait for another day.  On Saturday we drove to Glasgow to meet the Employment Specialist from the Paisley area.  They are great people who are dedicated to Employment Services and helping people become self-reliant.
We moved into our Flat on Monday...and started driving on the left side of the road!!  I'm doing pretty well but the biggest challenge is finding where things are around town.  We are very dependent on the "SatNav"...that is the Garmin GPS unit.

Ready for the road...notice where the steering wheel is located.

There is a huge modern grocery store next to our flat.
There is a second floor over the back half of the building and you can take the shopping trollies (shopping carts) up the escalator.  When the trolly is on the ramp, the wheels lock and the cart will stay put until you reach the next level.

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