Week Two: inducing normality

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January 24, 2011 by jessperriam

It’s week two and the insanity has passed and the normality is starting to sink in.

It’s felt as though I’ve been here longer than a week and a half. I think that’s a good thing.

So in dot points (because I can), here’s what I’ve done in week two:

  • Read lots of The Guardian – not international The Guardian Weekly, but the real deal. Bradbury offered to send me over some issues of The West Australian. I’m fairly certain I scoffed. But I do miss Inside Cover. And Rob Broadfield’s sniffy restaurant reviews which are more literary masterpieces in the art of written insult rather than pieces that inspire you to blow a paycheck on posh food.
  • I went back to Edinburgh! For two days because I love it so – I have the sneaky suspicion that city is sprinkled in something magical. It makes me grin like an idiot.
  • But then I came back to Manchester. Because silly me, I bought a return train ticket. But also because I’ve found a great community who have been incredibly friendly and welcoming. I’ve learnt a crazy, hectic card game, discussed setting up a book club and watched Good Will Hunting with 10 or so of my new best friends. Yep, I rather like it here.
  • Drank stupid amounts of hot chocolate. Because the coffee here is dismal. I’ve found a fellow coffee snob who backs up this expert opinion. I’m going to get fat(ter) from all the delicious, warm, creamy goodness.
  • Regained my calves of steel (registered trademark) through all of the walking I’ve done.
  • Been repulsed by the nasty habit of people to spit on the pavement here. Tissues, anyone? Even an old fashioned hankie? I don’t want to sidestep your phlegm.
  • Seen a lot of films and read a fair few books. Keep an eye out for a review post in the next few days.
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