Having a couple of days off during the week is nice when you have a very physical job. I usually spend my days off doing the choirs I don't have time to do during my working days (like doing dishes, cleaning the house, working out, prepare meals for the rest of the week), but today I decided it was time to start blogging. It will give me some time to reflect on my life, do something I used to enjoy and think I will still enjoy, and just have some time for myself.
I am actually shocked at how much the English population work. Coming from Norway, I was not used to working 9am to 8pm. To me that seemed inhuman. Usually you don't live close to work, so you have to add another 2 hours to your commute. It's just insane. I tried it myself for the first 6 months out in practice, but had to move closer to work, due to too little time to take care of myself. It just wasn't worth it. Standing on an over-crowded train for 1 hour to work and having to take the same train back, plus walking to and from the station (another 40mins) just wasn't for me! You might think "Is she weak?!". I consider myself a strong person, and as I mentioned, I did it for 6 months, but realised it wasn't worth it. I know that many people can't decide their hours or commute, but I consider myself lucky. It's made a big difference to my life.
My dream, however, is to go back to Norway where you can actually have a really good work life balance. But in the meantime, I will live to learn all the pros and cons from living a busy (and occasionally hectic) life in the UK.