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Timothy’s parents visited England for the first time this past month! We had a great time showing them around the St. Albans area, and of course LONDON!

Timothy’s mom arrived first. She was able to go with us to our anatomy ultra sound, where we discovered Peanut was a very healthy (and maybe stubborn) little GIRL! 🙂 Then the site seeing began! We showed her around St. Albans, London, and Hampton Court Palace. Also, one evening Tim took us to the theater to see WICKED. It was a lot of fun.

Then about a week later Timothy’s dad arrived! A really cool part of their trip was that Christopher’s (Timothy’s younger brother) trip to London/Amsterdam overlapped with his parents, so he hung out with us a couple of days! While Timothy’s dad was here, we went to St. Albans, of course, and in London we visited the British National Gallery, the Tower of London, Westminster Abby, and went on a Thames River boat cruise to see all the major sites (Big Bend, Parliament, St. Paul’s, etc.). On their final day in England, Timothy took his dad to Bletchley Park (iconic WWII code breaking location), while Mrs. Mann and I had an afternoon at the spa.

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On Saturday, April 18th we spent the day at Regent’s Park. It was a beautiful spring day. We went to the London Zoo and walked the Queen Mary’s Gardens  and the Avenue Gardens (My mother would have loved it!). The zoo was very impressive. It was not very big, but it was very diverse and interactive. We got to see so many of the animals up close, and some of the monkey’s and lemurs were in open exhibits we walked though and not behind glass or in a cage! A little scary, but cool. The gardens in Regent’s Park were just beautiful! I was so impressed with all the different flowers. So beautiful! I definitely think Regent’s Park is a must see for those visiting London!

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Slowly but surely we are settling in to our new home! We live in a cute little town outside of St. Albans city, but still in the St. Albans District. It is a very rural commuter town with lots of parks and green space, however the downtown area (High Street) has everything we need: several supermarkets, stores, restaurants, etc. We haven’t taken too many pictures of our area yet, but below are some pictures from St. Albans city.

Over a week ago we received all of our house hold goods! We are about 85% unpacked/settled in! The Kitchen, bathroom, guest room, and master bedroom are pretty much complete, but the living area needs bookshelves! Currently all of our books/ nick-knacks are on the dinning room table and it’s quite messy! Once we have that figured out, pictures will follow! 🙂

Also, this past weekend we went on a River Night Lights Cruise in London! We enjoyed champagne and hors d’oeuvres, and a 2 hour ride along the Thames River at night. We got to see the Houses of Parlement, Big Ben, Tower of London, and more all lite up at night. It was beautiful, romantic, and a wonderful time! Thank you to all of our friends at the Technion who made this evening happend!!

I hope to blog again soon with more pictures!

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The past two weeks have gone by very fast! Timothy and I found an amazing apartment in the St. Albans area! It’s a two bedroom “flat,” so we will have a nice guestroom and we are super close to the train station. London is about a 25 minute commute by train. We hope to move in on March 2.

Timothy is really enjoying work and I’ve been keeping busy with my A&M work, as well as hunting for a job! We also celebrated Valentines Day with a walk along the Thames River to the Tower of London, and this weekend we went to the Natural History Museum and saw dinosaurs!

It’s  hard to believe this is our last week living in downtown London, but we are excited to be moving to the country side. We can’t wait to move into our new place and to get our stuff!

Prayer request: Timothy’s mom spent over a week in the hospital (now home) due to side effects from treatment. Please keep her and his family in your prayers.

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Our first week (plus a few days) has been great. We really like the location of our temporary apartment. It is close to Timothy’s work and it is so easy to access different tourist sites.

Timothy had a great first week. He drove right in, and is really excited. We are getting to meet lots of people, we even attended a potluck with some of Timothy’s co-workers, which was a lot of fun.

Today, we went to Churchill’s War Room. Lots of people have recommended this museum to us, and I’m very glad we went. It was interesting to see this “time capsule” and to learn about WWII from the British perspective. Also, when we were walking to the museum, we saw the Horse Guard Parade for the Changing of the Queen’s Life Guard.

It was a beautiful sunny day, here in London, so we wanted to spend time outside. From Churchill’s War Room, we walked to the Thames River, and took the footpath to the Millennium Bridge, which is near St. Paul’s Cathedral (we were unable to go in because of Mass). It was a great day and we enjoyed soaking in the vitamin D!

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Day 3 (Sunday) was a lazy day. After sleeping in, blogging, and doing a lot of nothing, we finally headed out into the city. We decided to go to the National Gallery.

My favorite section was the impressionist wing. I am now a fan of George Seurat. He is amazing. We also saw Monet, Van Gogh, and even a “cartoon” done by Leonardo Da Vinci. We only got to see maybe half of the museum, and will definitely be going back. After the museum, we went out to Indian, before heading “home”.

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Day 2 in London: we walked around the city, seeing some of the most famous sights. We mainly wanted to scout out places we want to see more. We also wanted to become more familiar with the city and how to get around. I’m really glad we did because the streets in London can be quite confusing! What looks like one continuous street on Google Maps, can actually be different streets that change names every couple of blocks! It was also nice to figure out how far things actually are from each other. The Eye of London, Big Ben, Parliament, Westminster Abby, Buckingham Palace, the National Gallery, and Churchill’s war room are all about a 20-25 minute walk from our temporary apartment, which is so cool.

We also took a train to a commuter town we are interested in moving to. The town was really cool, but more urban than what Timothy and I were hoping for. We went to the tourist center and got some good information, and were told of another town close by, but smaller and more residential. We are looking forward to meeting with the realtor and finding our future home.  Also, the train ride was really nice.

PS: We won’t blog about every day, but we will if we do something exciting! 🙂

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On Thursday evening we began our journey to Jolly O’ England. We flew out of Stewart International Airport in New York. Our flight from SFW was delayed by an hour, which was stressful because we only had a 2 hour layover! Once we landed, we took the shuttle from terminal F to terminal A, then raced to our gate. Once there, boarding began immediately. Thankfully we made it and so did our luggage! British Airways is an awesome airline and we really enjoyed the flight.

We arrived Friday morning around 6:30am in London. Customs was easy, but took a long time because it was our first time going through with our visas. Then we quickly got our luggage and our private taxi took us to our very nice temporary apartment (see pix below). We will be staying here until February 28th, while we look for a permanent place.

After taking a short nap, we grabbed some coffee in Russell Square Park, before heading to the British National Museum. It was really cool and we barely scratched the surface, there is so much to see. Afterwards we grabbed a late lunch and groceries, before heading back to our apartment.

We are so happy to be in London, and ready to explore our new town!

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Are we moving to the U.K.? Great Britain? or England?

Ducky: “I’m confused. Are we moving to the U.K.? Great Britain? or England?”

It is official. We will be moving from Israel in early January, just under the 2 year mark (Wow! 2 years already) and will be in London by the end of January (Tim’s start date is Feb. 2). But before making the move to England, we first need to go to the U.S.

Like most events, it is all a whirl wind/roller coaster ride. Here is a list of everything that needs to be done:

  • Tie up loose ends in Israel, prepare to move, and pack!
  • Fly to NYC, finish the last steps of the visa process
  • Visit Tim’s family
  • Fly to TX to ship our stuff from storage (Plus coordinate our stuff in NY & CA to be shipped as well)
  • Fly to London
  • Start the next Phase… finding an apartment, unpacking, and culture shock!

We are definitely looking forward to this next adventure. We are thankful/blessed for the crazy life we live, but the process of moving is daunting. I’ll be happier looking back on the move, than experiencing it!

In other news: Timothy will be attending NIPS conference in Montreal in December and my dad will be visiting me in Israel! Tim and my dad’s trip will overlap, so I will only be alone for a couple of days, which I’m so thankful for.

Bonnie Mann update: Timothy’s mom started a new treatment last week. However, she is also battling a bacterial infection. Please pray that the antibiotics will work and for the new treatment.

Also, a very good friend of mine mom was diagnosed with stage IV cancer last week, and it just broke my heart. Like my mom, surgery is not recommended. I pray that there will be another option for her.

Holiday plans: In Israel, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and even New Years are just another day. But, Timothy and I have Christmas music, movies (thank you Netflix), a few decorations, along with Stuffing mix to help us celebrate. This year, our Christmas wish is a cure for Cancer. In the season of giving, Timothy and I ask that instead of a gift for us that you make a donation. Life and family is so much more precious than toys and gadgets. However, Christmas just won’t be the same without the traditional gift of underwear and socks from my mom.

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American Cancer Society: https://donate.cancer.org/index 

Cancer Research UK: http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/support-us/donate

Exciting News! I am very proud to announce that Timothy was hired as a research scientist at Google DeepMind in LONDON, ENGLAND! Yap, you heard right- Jolly ol’ England. How did this happen? Well, like many things in our life- hard work, NETWORKING, being in the right place at the right time, and a little bit of charm paid off! Timothy met a member of DeepMind at ICML (International Conference for Machine Learning) in Beijing (yap, China) back in June, after Timothy presented a paper! In August, Timothy visited DeepMind. It wasn’t an easy decision to make, but this is an amazing opportunity for Timothy.

As of right now, we don’t have a hard date for the move, but Timothy will be starting in January, and we will be in Israel until the end of December (Timothy still has a lot of work to finish at the Technion). We are currently in the Visa process, so there is a slight chance the Queen will not let us into the country, but we are pretty sure her Majesty will not hold a 200+ year grudge against us for being Americans. 🙂

From Tim's trip to London.

From Tim’s trip to London.

 

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