Just posting to let you know I’m alive. I’m posting from my new flat (yay), but can barely feel my fingers (boo) because my boiler is busted and it’s freezing. Finding it hard to be excited about this place right now since the boiler’s not the only problem and getting the bills set up hasn’t been as easy as I hoped. Happy to say, though, that I’ll have internet starting Thursday (I made my phone a hotspot in order to type this), and my electricity is sorted. Whoever was here last apparently racked up a gas debt, and the company who services my flat has to get that taken care of before transferring the account to me. In the meantime, I got a regular gas card to use with my pre-pay meter (something I’ve never encountered before). If only the boiler were working
In other (annoying) news, it costs sooooooo much more to bring pets over than I ever dreamed. And for the life of me I can’t figure out where this money is going. I’m flying back to the States on the 17th and had everything arranged for my cats to travel back with me. Their shots, their microchips, their paperwork: all handled from my end. I’m bringing them to the airport, taking the same flight as them, and bringing them through border clearance on the other side. If I’m doing all of this, the only thing I could conceivably be paying the airline for is to allow my pets to take up space on their craft (which they assured me they have plenty of for pets b/c no others are booked for that flight), and to top up their water during the flight. Maybe even keep them company. I’m providing my own carriers. Water dishes. Everything they need. Why then would it cost me a total of £1565 to have them fly in cargo on that flight? This cost includes £359 worth of “arrival fees.” I’m currently looking for less expensive options. I can’t leave them with my friend any longer. Any advice on bringing pets over without obliterating your bank account is totally welcome.
All in all, I’ve gotten off to a rougher start in London than expected. Then again, most things don’t turn out how you think they will, do they?
I hope all of you are well — I have LOTS of blog-reading to catch up on! I’ll do a real post about the flat and my new neighborhood once I get everything settled. Fingers crossed for that to be soon.