Thursday, March 22, 2012

The day we went to a local administration office

We have surprisingly little to do right now. You might think the first week would be all a whirlwind, but it's not. We have just a few key things that need to get done, and that's about it.

So this morning I (Seumas) woke up early for my online Gaelic class, which I had recalculated to start at 7. Unfortunately it started at 6, and so when I booted up at 6:45 they immediately called me and I was into the class! I think maybe they changed time zones as well as us. Anyway, all is well.

We didn't do a great deal for the rest of the morning. In the afternoon we went out to a local sub-district administration office, taking with us our host and a local Mongolian student. We needed to get a certain piece of paper that certifies that we do indeed live somewhere. This is so we can go tomorrow and get a residency permit that actually allows us to stay in the country. Anyway, since we haven't signed a rental agreement somewhere yet, there was some hesitation about how it might work out, but it actually went very quickly and smoothly, and the bargain basement processing fee was A$0.14.

The wind was quite strong today, and there was a little bit of snow. On the way back we did a little bit of shopping. Shopping without any local language is always a little difficult and embarrassing. Also, not having small enough denominations of notes doesn't help either. Anyway, we secured capsicums, carrots, tomatoes, and sultanas.

Not much else to say. You carnivores will be pleased to hear we ate meat last night - chicken and beef. So boring, I don't know why you think meat is so exciting.

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