If you have read my posts so far (only two of them), you already know that I currently live without a TV. What for some might sound extremely shocking is for me no big tragedy since I am already used to stone age conditions from our TV set-up in Switzerland. (We have five channels: One of them is French another one is Italian, which leaves me with about three and a half channels to choose from… Blame – or thank – my parents) So, I can live with that.
But than there is another even bigger issue. My host family does not only live without WiFi, but they have no Internet at all! Being brought up in the Internet revolution this one is a bit tougher. Fortunately there are devices called dongles, which are little USB-sticks that you can plug into your laptop and receive internet magically. Besides being really expensive the connection is really limited. But hey, on the other hand, who needs internet when you have an enormous movie collection available for free right next to your room. That certainly makes up for it and even for the 15 year-old phone – I won’t even bother you with that one.
So I am fine with the TV and getting used to the very limited internet access. But as you might have guessed, there is another problem called “The Missing Shower”. The Missing Shower issue was discovered on the first day during the time were instruction have been given to Raphy. The first thing that he noticed was, that there is no shower curtain. He soon realized there is no shower at all! After this discovery Raphy was informed that in order to take a shower he has to take the shower tube and plug the two ends into the bath tub tap. And voilà, you’ve got yourself a nice, simple shower. The only problem is the hot water pressure is so slow that you couldn’t fill up a glass of hot water in under 2 minutes AND the shower tube is not long enough for me. Oh well, I am glad that the sports center has some good high pressured showers I can use once a week.
As you can see, I experienced a small culture shock in the first week. In the second week, however, I realized these problems are tiny, little issues. The fact that I am already struggling with those, only shows how spoiled I am. Here I am in Great Britain, thinking how far behind everything is, when in reality I am still living in complete luxury. It is very easy to take little things for granted and not be thankful for them. Even worse we start forgetting about the positive aspects like the fact that not having all the technology around gives you a lot of time to calm down and recharge. Also my host family is outstanding! They are really hospital and friendly, they cook delicious & plenty and they have an amazing sense of humor which can entertain us for a whole evening and lead into some other interesting discussions. I am glad that I was put into this nice, calm, and funny family. So as the Queen would say: Keep calm and have a cuppa.
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