First Impressions

Ten days. It has been ten days since I took leave of my family and landed in at Heathrow.

Moving to the UK

Yes it does snow. Yes it is cold. A lot colder than it ever gets in Nong Prue. But it’s not that bad and even though I pretend it was just for kids, I took pictues and the opportunity to walk around as it fell softly and covered everything in a criso white blanket.

Comfortable accommodation Oxford Ramada

This is the Ramada Oxford. A comfortable conveniently situated hotel in Oxford.

The UK is expensive. A lot more expensive than Nong prue. But I suppose marginally mor expensive than Bangkok. The public transport network is extensive. It works and it’s very confusing. Although Google and Google maps helps.

The UK is confusing. Very organised. Very frustrating at times, if you don’t have the right cards, the registration numbers you have to have and a sense of the ridiculous. Pre-packed foods, automated tellers, contactless cards , brands and chains.

And the homeless. Sleeping rough in extreme circumstances. Something that doesn’t fit.

Busking in the rain Oxford

Winter in Thailand

There was a time I believed that it never, ever gets cold in Thailand.

But it does.

It gets cold in Nong Prue. Last night it was cold. I could have done with an extra blanket. And David even got up to switch his fan off. Cold in mornings like this, when I wish I had understood how the water heaters we install work.

Hot water showers Thailand

The shower works on the principle that you control the temperature of the water by decreasing the flow for warmer water. And if you have skimped by opting for the smaller cheaper element, that early morning shower gets reduced to a mere trickle.

And a nasty reminder that I will be landing at Heathrow in my shorts and straw hat, in three weeks time. Looking for a job that will allow me to qualify the family for a settlement visa.

Meaning I have left updating this web site to the last moment and that it will become a Remote Village Life unless I am lucky enough to find something similar in the UK.

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