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Interviews with the team: Maxine talks to us about Eastbourne and Sussex

Maxine - ESOE Administration AssistantMaxine is Administration Assistant at ESOE and is very often the first person that people have contact with as she deals with bookings and registration.

“I was born and bred in sunny Cape Town, South Africa. My family and I moved to England 7 years ago. It was a big change moving from South Africa but we chose the sunshine coast of England: Eastbourne

Eastbourne is a lovely coastal town situated in the South of England. I find it a very safe town and I feel a much greater security than in my home town. I have also met a lot of people from all over the world. England is great for meeting people from all different backgrounds and cultures and even befriending many people from Cape Town!

Daffodils in EastbourneAlthough I have always loved sun-kissed Cape Town, I have learnt to appreciate the different seasons here in England. It is beautiful to see the changes of colours in leaves and appreciate the spring when all the different flowers bloom. The country side is gorgeous, vast and green and you can see for miles. The architecture in England is very historical and there are many beautiful places to visit including Castles, rose gardens and ancient monuments.

I love to visit “the Lanes” in Brighton where you will find many unique and quirky shops. There are plenty of excellent restaurants to choose from and afterwards you can enjoy a stroll along the promenade and visit the Brighton Pier!

Another hidden treasure is the village of Alfriston, just 20 minutes from Eastbourne and situated on the banks of the Cuckmere river. Here you can explore the heritage of the village, sample some of the delicious local chocolates and pay a visit to one of the lovely tea rooms. I do also love a traditional afternoon tea! From tasty scones to wafer thin cucumber sandwiches and delicious home-made cakes. This is essential when you visit the UK!

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