I figure that if the University wants to give me a place to blog so easily, I might as well use it. We'll see how long it lasts before I revert to just emailing people :)
I've found a flat in Leamington Spa, but I can't move in yet because my letting agent is useless. They had to check references and credit and job things, and this 5 minute job took 5 days. I know it's a 5 minute job because once I got the phone number of the person doing the checking and chased it up, it got sorted immediately. Now that's out of the way, the letting agent can do all the other paperwork like inventory the flat and draw up a contract, which is again going to take 5 days. Not to mention the painting which they told me had been done already. Sigh. It's annoying but I'll live.
I've been furniture hunting for a bit, and have learned that Ikea is awesome. Cheap, nice, modern stuff - seriously, where has this been all my life? There must be a catch but I haven't seen it yet - maybe the assembly is actually impossible without an engineering degree.
I've spent some time looking around the area - man, I can't wait to get my bike, exploring is going to be awesome. Coventry is a hole, as far as I can see. Kenilworth is pretty but there's nothing there but people who commute to jobs elsewhere. The university campus is nice, and Leamington is really pretty - apparently I was done with granite more than I thought.
Wandering round LS today and I came across the Leamington Peace festivel (http://www.peacefestival.org.uk/) - apparently a 30 year old annual event, a good sign in a city I think (although I had to laugh at just how stereotypical everyone was, and I couldn't get Cartman's voice out of my head - 'Hippies....hippies everywhere' :). Tomorrow I'm going to go along to the Cafe Scientifique (http://www.cafescientifique.org/) event that I randomly read about in the Guardian a while back and then discovered that there was one here every month - I hope it's fun.