Worry not, loyal readers: I am fine, and retain all of my faculties and fluids. Meg, however, has been bed-bound more or less since arrival, so feel free to broadcast sympathies via the handy little ‘comment’ button I have now been made aware of at the bottom of the page (thanks Suzy…). To quote a scholarly and philosophical friend vis-a-vis the fairness of illness and the difficulties of dealing with it in a strange country: ‘it’s a man-eat-dog world out here’.
Feeling somewhat guilty about my self-imposed hermitage in the flat, I have managed to grace a local supermarket with my entirely incomprehensible self. Apparently, starting a sentence with mianhamnida (excuse me…) leads the locals into a false sense of confidence in my linguistic ability, and is indeed rendered pointless by my attempts to mime ‘soy sauce’ after the initial greeting (update: the lady I was asking at the time was, in fact, stocking up the aisle of soy sauce I remained entirely oblivious to for another good 15 minutes or so). I am now the proud owner of a 1.8 litre bottle of the elusive sauce.
Due to contagion we have been thoroughly rude to our wonderfully obliging director, Jun, who has now offered twice to take us shopping; alas, I cannot be trusted sans Meg to purchase anything of use whatsoever. For context: due to my efforts, we are stocked impressively with sweet chilli sauce, Frosties and Ferrero Rocher – but have no cheese, butter, or bin bags.
Suddenly, university does seem like a reflection of life to come.