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Theory test for UK driving license

NEWSFLASH: Natasha has passed the theory test for UK driving license with flying colors. I guess I might as well take an opportunity and describe what the test entails. It consists of two parts. The first is your basic multiple-choice how-well-you-know-the-rules-of-the-road affair. The questions range from very specific “What does…

Movies on a rainy day

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…

Taste of London

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.…

Short notes after a brief US trip

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…

English driver license

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…

Back from Brugge

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…

Feeling awfully secure…

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,…

Rethinking top cities

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…

Back from Amsterdam

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…

About weather and other fun

Good weather is here again. Or was here for a few days, since they promise rain throughout the weekend. Actually, they promised that the rain would start sometime Friday afternoon, but the skies, while cloudy, are still not very rainy-like. Could I extrapolate from it that the entire rain-all-weekend prediction…

Of singing and blogging

Of all her various endeavors, Becky lately has been concentrating on singing a bit more. She lacks a strong voice, but she definitely has a musical ear and she loves to sing. It helps the matters that at her school, every Year 7 student has to participate in the choir.…

Political debates to avoid

Our guests have returned home, and we have a brief lull until the next visitors arrive. It is disgustingly quiet in the house, and we are all going through some sort of detox. We are each trying to find activities to fill an otherwise dull day. Kimmy prepared invitations for…

About my temperament

I took a curious personality test at work the other day and figured it’s worth describing in a post. The test is called Keirsey Temperament Sorter and aims at identifying your temperament from amongst four standard types, and then further detailing it into one of the sixteen common “characters”, or…

Ah! The British weather…

The weather turned truly nasty for a couple of days. Nasty with a twist. Mockingly, around 7pm every day, the skies clear, the sun comes out, and our hearts fill up with hopes of nice tomorrow. Alas, the mornings leave a lot to be desired… We were at the marvelous…