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Old 03-13-16, 10:45 AM
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And I'm packed...

I have a hefty suitcase and a bike in a box all ready to catch an aeroplane tomorrow morning, but I can't sleep now.

JonnyHK is about to become JonnyUK. Must find out how to change my name. Hong Kong has been good to us for 9 years, but we both have jobs in London and we start the next chapter now.

Today has been a frenzy of sorting out boxes for the shipping company, cooking a week's worth of food for my wife, and a bunch of teary goodbyes around the neighbourhood and at a local bar.

The wife booked all the flights and then realised that I was leaving the same weekend that she was in Japan to run a marathon! So I said goodbye to her on Friday and we won't see each other for 6 weeks! She has all the fun of sorting out the rest of the packing.

Cycling in London ought to be much better than Hong Kong. I'll probably add a Brompton folding bike to the stable so that my commute is easier.
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Old 03-13-16, 10:53 AM
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Good Luck with the next adventure!

(and keep the name)
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Old 03-13-16, 12:09 PM
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Sounds stressful but exciting!
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Old 03-13-16, 03:53 PM
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Good luck on the move.
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Old 03-13-16, 03:54 PM
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Going to be Cold when you get off the plane at LHR.
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Old 03-13-16, 04:01 PM
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Exciting life change. Should be fun ... once you get past the PITA of a move.
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Old 03-13-16, 06:15 PM
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Good luck with the move, I hope all your stuff gets there OK.
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Old 03-14-16, 04:34 PM
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Godspeed! What sort of gig did you land in London?
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Old 03-14-16, 06:19 PM
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Good luck with the move. I can recommend the Brompton. They are fun little bikes.
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Old 03-14-16, 10:27 PM
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Have a nice boat ride... err, wait, they have airplanes for that now, huh. Be sure and fly BA.
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Old 03-15-16, 03:31 AM
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You're an Aussie, aren't you Jonny? If so, how did you go about organising work visas in the current environment in the UK?
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Old 03-15-16, 12:26 PM
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I have arrived safely despite the old looking First Officer.



The visa was a bit of a pain to get, but luckily my wife was born in England despite being raised in AUS.
Luckily all my paperwork was in order when I arrived and they let me in.




I'll be building racing rowing boats.

Test rode a few Bromptons today in different handlebar and gear combinations. Have put in an order.
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Old 03-15-16, 02:56 PM
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Cute pics...

So you're ordering a brompton, but tell us about the rest of your bike transporting. Are they all just stuffed in a shipping container with the furniture? Did you box up a favorite to bring on the plane?
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Old 03-16-16, 07:00 AM
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When we moved cross-country, I shipped one bike UPS to arrive at the new house before we did, and the rest went in the truck with all of the other stuff.

We got the house on Thursday and I started work on Monday, and we had no idea when the movers were coming. So one bike went UPS for commuting. In the end, the movers came Friday.

I cannot imagine the dependency problem with going from HKG to the UK... is there a boat involved?
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Old 03-16-16, 04:52 PM
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I put one in a box and brought with me, but the other two are coming in the container. I did box them as well to save my wife that job and to avoid the shipping guys screwing it up.
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