Category Archives: Preparation

First World Bureaucrats, Third World Bureaucracy

Having waited patiently on the UK Border Agency for just shy of five months to process my visa application, I have finally received what I was waiting for. A thick envelope containing 180 pages of supporting documentation returned, and four … Continue reading

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Schools

[Surgeon-General’s Warning: This one’s a bit boring if you’re not *really* interested.] One of the areas we were most apprehensive about before doing this relocation was the schools. The system here is completely different, and it’s not us, but our … Continue reading

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Touching Ground

It’s been two weeks since we’ve had decent enough internet access to be able to make an attempt at writing anything for this blog. Scrounging an hour here and there in a library at £1 a go doesn’t qualify when … Continue reading

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Reverse Reverse Psychology?

So, after the long wait for the English test certificate, we filed our application for our visa, and are now waiting for that to be processed. There is one new twist, though – the UK government, in their infinite wisdom … Continue reading

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Not happy with the US Postal system

How long does it take for a piece of mail to travel from New Jersey to New Jersey? A day, perhaps two? Three, on a bad week, where snowstorms disrupt the service? Perhaps if an asteroid strikes the city, destroying … Continue reading

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Bureaucratically yours

The process of packing up the contents of your worldly environment, upping off to a different country, and settling down there, is not generally expected to be a smooth process. You’d expect to forget to arrange this, or set that … Continue reading

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Start of a Journey

This blog is intended to describe the experience of leaving South Africa, and taking up residence in Hollywood. No, not that Hollywood, this Hollywood. The number of South Africans who have made similar trips is legion, and thus I’ll do … Continue reading

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