British Expat Newsletter: October 2018

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Well, as we suggested might be the case when we last wrote, we’re slightly late. (Sorry about that.) But we made it – all more or less in one piece, thanks to a bit of planning, a lot of hard work, more than a touch of last-minute improvisation. Plus of course plenty of support at both ends, for which we’re grateful.

Luckily for us, the weather here at this time of year has been unseasonably warm for Eastern Europe. In fact, at times it’s been warmer than London and South East England. So we’ve been spared the need to accustom ourselves to a colder climate at the same time as settling into a new city and country.

That said, the culture shock moving here has been the slightly unusual experience of finding that things are a lot more similar to the UK than we’re used to. We’ve been out and about a bit and found that shopping isn’t anything like as much of a challenge as it could be in, say, Dhaka or Delhi or even Bangkok. I’ve discovered that I needn’t have bothered dragging over here some of my must-have Asian ingredients (though I’m glad I packed the Marmite). Transport seems to work OK, though we haven’t yet made it onto the city’s trolleybuses – the taxis are cheap, reliable and nothing like as hair-raising as their counterparts in the sub-continent. We’ve even been able to shop online, after a fashion, though it’s a more clunky process than in the UK – we’ve been paying cash on delivery rather than by card.

So our next challenge will be dealing with the winter. We’re told the city is well geared up for it. Certainly our flat is. We’d already seen the radiators and the combi boiler, and discovered the underfloor heating the morning after we arrived – much to our pleasure. And then last week the landlord pulled a control out of a drawer and told us it was the climate control, heating as well as cooling. Bliss!

For a change, this month’s Quick Quiz is a mix of general knowledge questions, taking in Jupiter’s moons, The Simpsons and yellowhead disease. No connection between the latter two.

On the other hand, there is a connection between the quiz and our latest Pic of the Week, which features Jupiter’s four largest moons together with Earth for comparison. They’re an interesting bunch of planetoids, but you wouldn’t want to raise the kids there.


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