So many people asked about our living accommodations before we left that I thought I’d provide a tour so all will know we’re well taken care of. We live in family housing, and since Z and I are child-free, we have the luxury of living in a lovely studio apartment above the child-burdened. Now for that tour.

You may have noticed I sounded hesitant when saying which floor we live on. We live on the second. There is a ground floor, a first floor accessible only to those living on the ground floor, and the second floor (where we live).

For the most part, the transition has been smooth. We actually did find top sheets (called flat sheets) for sale at Marks & Spencer but didn’t buy any in an assimilation effort. We did most of our shopping at Argos. The items there are super cheap (in both senses), but they’re only temporary possessions (so who cares?). Argos is wild. There are a few items on the sales floor, but almost everything is in the back. Shopping is then done through computer consoles and catalogs, as seen below:

You write the number of the items you want on a slip of paper that you take to the checkout counter. Once you’ve paid, your items appear on a conveyor belt, and you take them home!

So far, we’ve done our grocery shopping at Sainsbury’s. They have a drop-off service that we’re eager to take advantage of. Apparently, it’s quite common for grocery stores to deliver goods purchased online. We suspect this is related to lower rates of car ownership.

We’ve eaten out twice since coming here. The food was great both times. We ate lunch at Café Munch (a bagel and wrap place) on Wednesday in the Market Centre. Last night we ate at Rainbow Café (also in the Market Centre). It’s a vegan/vegetarian/gluten-free restaurant, and I liked it very much. I was a little skeptical at first, though, as Z started directing me down this long, narrow alley.

The only disappointing eating experience of Cambridge was at Churchill College’s dining hall. If you follow Zach (@gongfarmerzed) on Twitter, you’ll know he was not impressed with the vegetable lasagna.

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7 Responses to Flattened

  1. It’s ‘lasagne’ here, hmsbadger.

  2. Heather Manes says:

    When the McManeses visit, we will play all the croquet on your fantastic yard!

  3. Sidney says:

    We enjoyed the very nice tour of your flat. Thank you so much. I also noticed the clothes laying around were all Z’s! :)

  4. Adam says:

    I have seen those Argos type stores. They are wild!

  5. Sara says:

    I like that you said “baby extinguisher,” as if to put out the babies on the floor below you. haha. I don’t think that’s what you meant but I lol-ed. Thanks for posting this!!

  6. Kitty says:

    I missed this post! hahah I love your flat!

  7. Pingback: Flat 44, revisited | HMS Badger

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