@bowtiesarecool I imagine people who went to DC because of the West Wing have had their dreams crushed a lot harder than people who went into forensics hoping it would be like CSI.
When I first met my freshman year roommate she said she was thinking of majoring in forensics because she liked CSI and I remember thinking that people who actually work in forensics probably hate that. (We didn't stay in touch but I don't think she actually ended up studying forensics.) [edit to respond to tags: I also spent all weekend watching The Fall. It was not as good as Broadchurch.]
I'm an American living in London too and I can see that street in Elephant & Castle from my window.
@AitchBee I do think for that particular aside the argument that the system is broken is justified. My husband is from the UK and the interest on his student loans is the rate of inflation, which seems like a much fairer interest rate for the government to impose on loans used to educate its populace. You should still do your research to understand your loans and decide what you can really afford, but that doesn't mean the system is fair.
"...told myself that rather than take any $40 chances I would go home and Google exactly what shade of lipstick the Mormon moms wear..." I know this was a throwaway aside but it really is the key, I think. I used to get overwhelmed in Sephora or even Walgreens until I was prepping for my wedding and trying to figure out what makeup I should get. I started reading makeup blogs and watching youtube videos. They really do give you a better idea of what's out there, what kind of colors and textures to gravitate towards depending on your needs, so you go into Sephora with a mission rather than blindly swatching whatever you walk past.
Wait can you please explain the 100 euros to Italy thing in more detail?
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I have done this twice, once in Olympia, Washington, where it cost me $75 to fix, and once again in Paris which was meant to cost 900 euros to fix but eventually got down to 300 euros after lots of public screaming and crying and threatening to call the police. I am married now which means I have a perma-roommate who is rarely out of town for long periods without me, so hopefully it will never happen again.
@keaton You should look into that more closely because it is actually way easier to move there as the partner of an EU citizen than a UK citizen, for weird EU legal reasons.
I just got a spouse visa for the UK and the cost breakdown was insane. Things kept getting more expensive as we were making the application because they kept changing rules and raising fees. And the day after I got my visa they announced that they were looking into making people with my type of visa ineligible for free healthcare. The Conservative government in general and Theresa May in particular really are not fond of immigrants.