Life in the UK

We are nearing a big milestone in our life in the UK: As of this Saturday, we will have lived here for 5 years! The 5-year mark means that we can now apply for indefinite leave to remain, i.e. settlement or permanent residence. (The ability to settle in the UK depends on a number of factors, … Continue reading Life in the UK

Hotel Room Design

I went to plug in my laptop charger in the outlet at the desk in my hotel room and discovered this frustrating design decision: My instinct in situations like this is to flip the charger upside down — sadly, this trick doesn’t work for UK outlets the way it does for US outlets. Thankfully the … Continue reading Hotel Room Design

Driving Terminology

We have really everything in common with America nowadays, except, of course, language. Oscar Wilde, The Canterville Ghost I have decided to try for my UK driver’s license. Or, as they call it here, my driving license. And right there is a clue to the most difficult part of studying for my theory test: the terminology. … Continue reading Driving Terminology

Convoluted Paperwork

I’ve been living in the UK for nearly three years now (can you believe it?!) which means it’s that time again: Visa renewal time. We sent in our paperwork to renew our visas, and when I got back from my last work trip, we mailed in our passports to go along with our application. It … Continue reading Convoluted Paperwork