This is who welcomes me home after school

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Week 1

Feels like time to refresh, since so much happens in the beginning. I guess I’ve managed to get quite a lot done in 5 days, although mostly it feels like trying to run in water up to my knees.

I figured signing up for cell service would be an easy one. After gathering opinions and browsing through mobile stores, I went into O2, chose a pay-as-you-go plan, and got a new sim. They inserted it to discovered that my iPhone was locked, meaning I couldn’t use it on any network besides AT&T. As it was closing time, I had to wait until the following day to find a shop that could unlock it. Then I went back to O2, re-signed up, and was in business. In the two days since then I’ve made two calls to customer service. Continue reading

Hello England, I’m here.

I’m finally here and beginning to settle in. It was a long journey, and probably felt longer due to fatigue, separation, and disbelief. I’m still not sure it has sunk in, but I’m (mostly) unpacked in a room I will be staying in through October and today I even ventured out briefly.

The trip over was seamless. After a long night of packing, stress, and emotion, I had a beautiful morning with Benjamin, who made me breakfast and Continue reading

Some solid answers

Things are coming together, last minute as usual, but I can’t say I’m surprised. It looks like it I might get everything on my wish list. Almost everything.

After 4 attempts, the UPS man finally delivered my freshly-minted UK visa. A nice sticker with my picture pasted on page 15. Valid until July 2015. Wow. Continue reading

The countdown is on! sort of…

One by one, the checklist is getting shorter. Much shorter! Most recently I’ve found a fabulous home for my fabulous Finn, sold a whole bunch of my material world in 3 days of yard sales, and mailed off my visa application to the consulate in New York. The maximum return time is 8 days, according to their website, so I’m only 3 days out, and then I can buy plane tickets! Hard to countdown Continue reading