Monday, October 03, 2011
It's come to this.
We are taking it easy, sleeping in fits, getting to know the house we left not quite settled in.
Even after a lifetime of living on this side of the world, the cars suddenly seem stupidly large, the sky similarly so, and drivers on the freeways just stupid.
I had panicked for a bit on Friday, desperately trying to get all that had to be done, done before the shops closed on midday Saturday, to be gently reminded that they don't. We went into a well known European brand of supermarket this morning and as is my custom, I made a bee line for the non grocery items on sale. Browsing, I was surprised to find myself reading the instruction label on an item without faltering, and even more surprised to discover it was written in English.
I think we are a little disoriented, but to be fair to us we've been away a while and we will need to once again familiarise ourselves with some things.
Last Tuesday, in a Post Office in London we were scrambling to rid ourselves of change and found a gold coin that should have been a Pound, but it seemed too thin. We couldn't work it out, so asked the lady in the queue behind if she could tell us what it was.
After a short examination, she pronounced it to be:
An Australian One Dollar coin.
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