It’s good to be back.
I’ve had no home internet connection for the last 3 weeks. I thought it would be a blessing in disguise – I probably spend way too much time surfing flickr, and a little too much time reading blogs and checking emails. So I thought that rationed access would help but it didn’t turn out that way.
In a new city, I needed the internet to find out where everything is. I have done my share of walking around, getting lost and finding shops only to forget where they are again. But supermarkets are remarkably hard to track down. I tried the phone book, but that only helps up to a point. I’m in between phone books – technically I live in Salford, but logistically I’m in Manchester.
I have yet to find my closest bottle bank – the phone book directed me to a website (not as I’d hoped, a list of recycling points). There wasn’t even a phone number to call. I followed street signs to a mini-recycling point, but it was so small it was undetectable to the human eye. Either that or some joker had turned round the street signs. The bottles pile up in my kitchen/lounge/diner. (And no, the oven still doesn’t work).
I’m sure that soon I’ll be back to whiling away all the hours between dusk and dawn on flickr but for now I have a lot of catching up to do.