Photo update

Well, this morning was the first day we haven’t been rustled out of bed at about 8:15am by the Royal Mail postman ringing our flat.  Its been nice receiving our parcels not just because it gets us out of bed at a decent hour but it’s nice seeing our familiar belongings… we happily unload them, putting some things in their place but most of it ends up strewn about on the couches simply because we have very little surfaces to put things on!  We went over to Jeff and Meghan’s house last night (mentioned in my previous post) for dinner and thankfully, they loaned us their tool kit so we can begin hanging some of the pictures we have.  Slowly but surely…

Jeff and Meghan also offered to accompany us on the bus ride to Ikea sometime today.  We really need to go ahead and purchase some of the bigger items – a desk and computer chair, a couple of rugs (we have wood floors), bookshelves, some storage thing-o’s, etc.  Apparently you can pay Ikea a £30 flat fee to have ALL your stuff delivered to your door!  Makes it nice when you don’t have transportation.

Not having a car is an interesting thing.  I don’t mind it as much as I thought I would simply because the tram (I haven’t had the need for the bus yet) has been very simple to figure out.  We really are close to most everything…just hop on the tram, go a couple/few stops in one direction or the other, walk a block or two, and presto – you’re there!  However, its been pretty inconvenient having to make multiple trips to the same store just to get the items you need at home.  Granted, we’re furnishing an entire apartment and that’s no easy task no matter how you look at it.  However, I keep thinking, “man, if I could just drive my car over, load it up with all of our purchases it would be so much more efficient!”  I’m learning they’re not as much in to efficiency here.  I think that’s very much an American concept; something we value much too highly.  I imagine it will definitely be an adjustment, especially once I find employment and begin learning the British system.

Random fact: Yesterday was the first day I had looked in the mirror since……well….the plane, I suppose!  No joke.  We don’t have one in our apt!  I thought I had packed a small cosmetic one…no such luck.  Kinda cool though, I highly recommend it!

Alright, enough of all that.  My main goal before heading out today was to post the galleries of pictures Eric was able to upload! (Oh, he’s been really busy, BTW.  Lots of loose ends to tie up at home while also doing a lot of work for the Rome conference in a week or so).

Enjoy! (And don’t forget, to see more photos click on the links)

Gallery I: T&E’s Going Away Party (lots of great people in this one! Thanks for our party and handmade decorations by Jenny!)

Gallery II: Arriving in Nottingham (These are the “before” pictures of our flat – we’ll be sure to post the “after” pics!  And, Eric’s first trip to the University of Nottingham via tram and bus – beautiful campus)

Gallery III: Nottingham Scenery (Includes photos of our flat (the one on the second floor), the surrounding area and the University — taken by Eric :)

August 23rd, 2008

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  • 1. » Nottingham, Engla&hellip  |  August 24th, 2008 at 2:54 pm

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  • 2. Jenny  |  August 24th, 2008 at 6:34 pm

    Wow, the flat is so cute! That’s cool that the washing machine is in the kitchen. Nottingham looks beautiful too.

  • 3. JennT  |  August 24th, 2008 at 10:41 pm

    love the pics! i totally cried again… I’m such a baby!!!! :(
    I love that you have to learn how to be “inefficient”… ha! :) I can see how that would drive one crazy though… what an adventure!

    love you! keep posting!!

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