Sunday, January 30, 2005

The more I think about it

I've spent alot of time thinking about where we are right now. Britain is an expensive place to live, but over the past 5 years housing prices have soared, placing first-time home buyers at a 29 year low, and pushing rents up. Fortunately for us, Birmingham is one of the few areas we can afford to live in (or will allow ourselves to afford without spending most of our savings).

We live in a working class city without any major attractions. Don't get me wrong, Birmingham is the 2nd largest city in the UK and has plenty of points of interest, but most don't compare to Stonehenge or Oxford, etc.. But we are centrally located, only 2 hours from London, the same to Oxford, less than an hour to Stratford-upon-Avon (Shakespeare's old stomping grounds), 2-3 hours to Stonehenge, so we will have to the opportunity to take some of those places in. We also plan to visit Edinburgh sometime, maybe Dublin, and we are most likely going to Italy around Valentine's Day (£30 pounds each, roundtrip from London to Turin and a free place to stay with friends of Mary's family!).

And in other news... if you were afraid that the Scottish are losing their accents, the preacher at our church is a good argument against such a notion. He has the thickest brogue I've ever heard.

And it looks like our debit cards were lost in the post, I mean mail, so we have to order new ones tomorrow... so it will be February10th or so before we can get internet at the house. Why is this so hard?


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