Things are better.
I have a friend who is lovely and knows all the best bars, beauticians and shops. I have been to M&S (not bad, bit pricey) and in the same mall there is a play-area where you can leave your children in a sort of child’s heaven all day for about £2. Olivia has made about seven friends from all over the world. I have also seen that you can get a manicure in the same mall for less than £9. Not bad.
We have found an apartment, only problem is they want a year’s rent up front before we can move in or secure it. So we are still in the dump in the wrong part of town with the three children camping on the floor.
We have also met a lovely Sri Lankan taxi driver who says he will now stay here as long as we do. And he plays cricket. Now we are going out for an Indian meal to a restaurant he suggested.And I have a local mobile phone.
Not bad for 24 hours. I hope in another 24 we’ll be in our apartment. Rupert has pointed out that we could rent a place in Chelsea for less. But the manicures are more expensive.
Copyright: Helena Frith Powell 2008