A colleague of mine noted the other day that Brits are famous for talking about the weather a lot, because, well, “all we have is bad weather”. I am clearly assimilating, then, since I feel compelled to start this entry with an observation that it seemed as if the entire June was one endless rain…
Monthly Archives: June 2007
Who would’ve thought that we’d need to turn on the heat with summer in full swing? Well, ok, we did not exactly need it, but Natasha felt chilly in the house and rightly figured that the date on the calendar should not be used as a general guidance of which season it is… Small wonder,
Resuming our London-based activities, we went to the Taste of London festival on Saturday. Several dozen tents have been erected on a large cordoned-off lawn in Regent’s Park. About 40 restaurants, over a hundred food, drink and appliance vendors, and 20 sponsors have set up exhibition booths under the tents. Each restaurant booth was offering
Do you know the most common form of greeting an acquaintance in England? It’s Are you alright? On the surface, it is just another way of saying How are you? But to a person who is not familiar with its widespread use, it may have a connotation of expressed concern about one’s well-being. It is
Riding in a limo from Heathrow this morning, I had a rather strange feeling of being back home. It was most likely a function of spending a few nights in a hotel coupled with anticipation of getting to sleep in my own – or, at least, familiar and warm, – bed. But it was also
My short business trip to Chicago is coming to an end. Seeing my parents and my brother’s family was a bonus; going to a baseball game with co-workers gave me a necessary jolt of American culture; further socializing with said co-workers was mostly fun; otherwise, I could have probably stayed home. But the trip highlighted
No sooner did I mention in my previous post that I had never personally encountered a manned police speed checkpoint, that I came upon one on my morning school run. From the opposite direction to the one that policemen were watching. And on my way back, in less than half an hour, they were gone.
After promising it on several occasions, I am carrying on with my expatriate experience series of articles. The first entry dealt with relocation package specifics. This post is about UK driver licensing. A foreign resident in England who holds a valid driver license from abroad can use it without getting an English license for 12
Our official travel program for the foreseeable future is completed with our return from a weekend trip to Brugge. Yes, surprising as it may seem, we do not have any specific travel plans for a couple of months. Partially, it is due to a certain level of fatigue and over-saturation that we have undoubtedly reached.
I have ranted on several occasions in the past about British approach to customer service. While the problems that I described before – particularly, incessant handovers from one department to another, with attendant need to go through “security questions” and the description of the issue at hand again and again, – still exist, I am
We perused our Amsterdam pictures and practically threw our camera away in disgust. The pictures come out unfathomably noisy. Even – or, rather, especially – the ones taken under more or less perfect lighting conditions. Natasha will work her magic and probably rescue enough to put together an album (in a couple of weeks), but
It may come as a surprise to many, but in England, a person cannot watch TV unless (s)he is licensed to do so. Yep, you need a license – £135 per year for a color television – if you want to enjoy this most obvious of the modern amenities. I actually knew that a long
We are back from our trip to Amsterdam, and I am happy to report that it was another resounding success. We have not been to Amsterdam before, and the city duly impressed us. It is certainly unique, having been built on the expansive network of man-made canals. It is certainly vibrant. It is also peaceful.