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Category: Miscellany

Brief discourse on transportation

The cover story in this week’s Economist talks about British transportation problems. While the angle is more towards fixing the roads, the article also mentions in gory detail the issues with rail networks. Incidentally, I am starting to believe myself that my earlier high marks to public transport were misbegotten.…

Kids happy, parents content

Starting with an announcement today (especially for those who may be coming directly to the blog, bypassing my front page): The Guestbook feature of the website has been decommissioned – as writing comments to my posts is a better place for guestbook entries anyway. I also created a separate Guestbook…

First museum Sunday

The weather is a bit overdue turning to the worse, but it’s catching up. On Saturday, several downpours alternated with bright sunlight, but the rain won. On Sunday, the rain continued to come and go. It is not really cold yet, but there were a couple of days during the…

Another good Saturday

The weather on Natasha’s birthday was beautiful – a bit crisp and windy, but bright sunny skies. We did not want to miss an opportunity for a day out, so we decided to take a train to the city, visit a museum and then stroll around… … but the train…

From boxes to bidet

Never having to move out of a house, we never had to deal with so much stuff coming into a house… The last few days have been spent on unpacking and trying to find places for our numerous personal effects. There are about 20 boxes that we still need to…

Perfect day in Brighton

What comes to mind when you hear the word Brighton? Restaurant Татьяна, matrones in fur coats walking to a grocery store, pensioners and kids mingling all over boardwalk, Russian мат… We beg to differ. The original Brighton – there is no doubt in our minds that it gave the name…

Ships and fireworks

Going strong! For the second weekend in a row, we, true to our purpose, explore the new environs. Can we keep it up? The kids must be having second thoughts, for sure… Watch this space! Today we decided not to travel all the way to the city, but instead visit…

The adventures start..

These newcomers to London started with an act of sabotage! I did three rounds of laundry without a problem while I was by myself. As soon as my lovely wife got to it, one of my best dress shirts turned from white to salmon pink!!!… The first full day together…

Stupid credit history

Sometimes, things come up that you have not really considered when you thought through various pros and cons of a potential life-altering decision (such as starting a new life abroad). When they do, you feel stupid on multiple levels. Stupid, because you did not consider them in the first place.…

And a week went by…

After a long post last weekend, almost a week-long silence. To my regular audience – and I know who both of you are – my sincerest apologies. I had planned on writing the blog at the end of each workday, but there is too much stuff to deal with during…

Welcome

I guess for the very first post of mine I should warmly welcome all readers and wax eloquent on the subject of how this blog might change the world… Nah!!! If all goes as planned, this first post will be buried under a ton of others. Or not, and this…