Friday, November 27, 2009
A Passing Thought!
Cajun seasoning bought here in the UK is so much more intense and flavorful as compared to the one that I used to get back in California. Same company, McCormick but this ones really amazing. Its just not my imagination cos I think Im an expert atleast in cajun seasoning :)
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Thursday, November 26, 2009
Moving to United Kingdom (Part 2)
November 26th 26th November 2009, It is Thanksgiving Day today, my first one in the United Kingdom. Of course there is nothing such as Thanksgiving day here, so I did feel a bit that I should have stayed back and spent some time with my sister before joining here. A couple of weeks would not have made that big a difference, isn't it? But anyways, prepared some great blackened salmon for dinner. The salmon is definitely fresh and better that what I used to get in California. So blackened Salmon and Chianti. Very nice combination, anyone should try that out, won't be dissappointed :). By the way, I am enjoying my work. My boss is very supportive and always eager to teach me many things. So are the others! Now it just depends completely on myself and my initiative. On the miscellaneous side, I still have to get a cell phone. Thinking of getting an I-Phone, mostly will. Also need to join the gym since I really need to work out as my job is a desk job. Rest best...more later...
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Saturday, November 21, 2009
Moving to United Kingdom (Part 1)
So I have finally moved to the United Kingdom. I came here on Wednesday, November 18th, 2009. Reached the city of Sheffield at around 4.00pm. My flight from Los Angeles to London Heathrow was smooth. The immigration at London took a while as there was a big line. Vaun Newton was right there in the passenger lounge and I was glad to see him. Since I did not have anything to declare I breezed thorugh the green channel. The city of Sheffield is very much like a University town. With 2 big schools, the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University, it reminds me a lot like Austin, where I did my Ph.D from. I live in the City Center, which is similar to what one may call it as downtown. My flat (term for apartment in UK) is in a high rise building on the 13th floor. Its a real delight to stay in such a nice area at an economical rent. The floks with whom I have signed up for the job are also nice. Today is my third day in Sheffield and I ahve realized that there are a lot of amazing places to eat around here. Right from african, carrebean, persian, mediterrean, japanese, chinese, thai, and ofcourse Indian cuisine, all of these places within a walking diatance from where I stay. My apartment is a cozy place with one wall of the living room and the bedroom of full glass from the floor to the ceiling. Its a nice view of the full city of sheffield from the window. The American way of greeting people is either 'Hi' or How are you doing?....in UK or perhaps in Sheffield, people greet by asking " Are you alright?"
In terms of logistics, it is very muchlike the US. Opening a bank account, getting a Vinage phone connection and doing groceries without a car were a peice of cake. One wierd thing here is that calls to customer service phones are not free and are heavily charged if the calls are made thro a different line other than the customer service company. That is, if I call a cable company customer service number using my vonage account then Im paying almost 1GBP for 5 minutes of talk time. So how is one supposed to call a customer service number? Calling customer service and getting help here is an expensive affair. But if I call Vonage customer service using my Vonage phone, then it is free. Hence I call it wierd.
So far so good and I expect all this to get even better :) Keeping my fingers crossed.
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