Who are you?

I found it hard to get a job post-university. It crippled me. I had spent my entire schooling and university years working towards getting a ‘career’. I wasn’t sure what it would look like, or even how it would work exactly, but I knew I wanted one. When I couldn’t find work, I became acutely […]

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the london life

Back to flat. Two storeys high in a building of bricks and concrete. It’s lot 3 of 3 housing estates turned into renovated apartments in a pretty west Chiswick end of town. New home, new life. My job is no longer tied to my house. My fridge shelf is stocked with fresh food, my cupboard […]

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cos I need freedom now

This time it’s not up to me. With no job, one week going on two. And a sense to wait, just wait. Head crazy, heart settled, world says stupid, but I know better. I’ve no job but I’ve had work. To nanny, to clean, to babysit. These odd end jobs line themselves up in disarray […]

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those were the days

This is my last day on the job and then my London au-pair days will be no more. It will have been nine months of life lived this way, in a routine of kids and school and an offering of complete flexibility to my job. I’m ready to go. More than ready, ready since my […]

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define: an au-pair

I am an au-pair. I look after kids. You want to know my world, well here it is; the life of a London au-pair. An au-pair: ‘is a domestic assistant working for, and living as part of, a host family. Typically, au pairs take on a share of the family’s responsibility for childcare as well […]

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