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    I've used both airbnb and wimdu for apartments...

    I've used both airbnb and wimdu for apartments and so far never been disappointed. So much cheaper than a hotel and you can cook if you want. In fact I'm in a wimdu apartment in London right now!...
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    Congratulations, Arizona. I was looking at the...

    Congratulations, Arizona. I was looking at the pictures before and it was very moving.
  3. Thread: Finland

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    I tried to learn some Finnish before I went - I...

    I tried to learn some Finnish before I went - I already speak fluent German and other European languages - and found it incredibly hard! I really wished I'd made a bit more effort.

    What a lovely...
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    Finland isn't cheap but I never felt ripped off -...

    Finland isn't cheap but I never felt ripped off - everything we bought (supermarket food, meals out, museum entry and public transport) was high quality.

    I've heard that Poland is beautiful -...
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    Finland

    I recently came back from a holiday in Helsinki, the capital of Finland. We chose it for our holiday because we had some special British Airways miles which needed using up and we could fly direct...
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    I agreed with this comment then was interested to...

    I agreed with this comment then was interested to notice it was from a fellow UK resident. We have Hindu friends who even send us a Christmas card, and we have been to one of their Diwali parties. ...
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    I teach English for Academic Purposes to 18 year...

    I teach English for Academic Purposes to 18 year old first year international undergraduates in the UK, so it's very likely a completely different situation to teaching younger children in the US. ...
  8. Thread: The Goldfinch

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    I listened to the Audible version and loved it -...

    I listened to the Audible version and loved it - it was beautifully read, so that may have helped. I have thought about it a lot since.
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    I rarely post because I've received a few harsh,...

    I rarely post because I've received a few harsh, critical, judgemental replies when I did, and calling people 'lurkers' is (IMHO) an example of that. I still love it, but I rarely post because my...
  10. I really sympathise. I have sleep problems and...

    I really sympathise. I have sleep problems and when it's bad it's unbearable. I hope your doctor can help xx
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    Merski: I'm sorry for your sad loss.

    Merski: I'm sorry for your sad loss.
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    The dodgiest guy I ever dated I met at church. I...

    The dodgiest guy I ever dated I met at church. I would have married him - but he was already married and in debt and a compulsive liar. A lucky escape indeed. My DH of 11 years I met online.
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    I'm Northern English and drink my many cups of...

    I'm Northern English and drink my many cups of standard tea each day without sugar - and so do all my friends and family. I would say it's fairly unusual to meet someone who takes sugar, and I...
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    I was stuck in all day waiting for a furniture...

    I was stuck in all day waiting for a furniture inspector to come and see why our expensive new bed is really squeaky - it wakes me up in the night if DH turns over. The inspector agreed it was...
  15. I'm in two minds about the counselling suggestion...

    I'm in two minds about the counselling suggestion - I've gradually come to terms with my introverted sensitive self but I'm 48 and I've suffered greatly over my inability to be like other people. I...
  16. Thread: December Frugals

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    I just wanted to say how much I love this thread....

    I just wanted to say how much I love this thread. I barely ever post, although I read it every day. I'm determined to do more posting next year!
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    I also understand.

    Another possibility - volunteer for something that night. I volunteer at a homeless shelter over Christmas and it helps me to have fun, meet great people and forget the...
  18. Thread: Silence

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    I also attend the Quakers (they welcome atheists...

    I also attend the Quakers (they welcome atheists like me too) and have found the silence very peaceful and healing. It's sometimes hard to just sit there for a whole hour, so I usually have a book...
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    My cat Thomas William (who, alas, lived fast and...

    My cat Thomas William (who, alas, lived fast and died young) always smelt of bonfires on an autumn day. Every time I smell a bonfire I think fondly of him.
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    Dropbox works for me.

    Dropbox works for me.
  21. I don't know about your client, who sounds...

    I don't know about your client, who sounds amazing, but my line manager is full of awesome ideas and enthusiasm - but she fails to deliver on 99% of her promises. It has taught me a lot about...
  22. Such an interesting thread. I've no advice but I...

    Such an interesting thread. I've no advice but I really sympathise.

    I'm an introvert and a language teacher, and my interactions with students take up all my people-energy. When I'm not in the...
  23. Thread: May Frugals

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    + 1 for clown hating... I'm also creeped out by...

    + 1 for clown hating... I'm also creeped out by face painting - and any sort of heavy make-up. I can't go through the department store cosmetic section because of all the saleswomen caked in...
  24. I love it too. I've shown it to students from...

    I love it too. I've shown it to students from all over the world - including cultures which are not as big on cats as we are - and they all find it hilarious. That cat is just wonderful.
  25. Thread: She is here!

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    Incredible - I've not even met you but I dreamed...

    Incredible - I've not even met you but I dreamed last night that your baby was born! Congratulations.
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