Alex's Alliterative Adventures

Thoughts on Programming, Life, and Travel

Alex the vampire slayer

Housing in London is dirt cheap. I’ve been digging through ads for rooms that average around $350CAD/mo, with the low ballers coming in at a tight $250. You can land a bachelor pad for around $500-$600, or even $450 if you’re willing to adjust your definition of the word “pad” to include closets. Some places offer free daily breakfast and weekly barbecue, others tempt me with a jacuzzi and galley kitchen, and most wave the cost utilities with a quick hand, a bright smile, and a loud, plaid jacket. I just hope I don’t let my lust get the better of me, since I’m weakened by the most tempting vixen of them all: a private bathroom.

I just can’t understand why prices are so low. I mean, Waterloo offers some pretty fan-fricken-tastic deals when compared to Toronto, but you can’t really go much lower unless you’re compensating for things like frequent drive-bys or plagues of locusts/frogs/miscellaneous. Those are pretty unlikely, though. Infestations don’t normally crop up during Canadian winters, and the salted roads are bad for rims, so there has to be another explanation. My best guess: Hellmouth.

Oh, and in case you were wondering, Python is roughly analogous to the Worst Thing Ever, No Questions Asked, Amen.

Thought of the day: why is bureaucracy so damned hard to spell?


5 Comments so far

  1. Kelso November 14th, 2006 3:24 pm

    You know, I often find myself struggling to spell bureaucracy as well. It just doesn’t look the way it should be in my mind. Damn English and its taking from other languages.

  2. Dad November 14th, 2006 10:11 pm

    When you consider how ineffective and disorganized most bureaucracies are, the fact that it’s spelled this way that is actually pretty appropriate! If it were to have a logical spelling it just wouldn’t feel right….

  3. Alex November 15th, 2006 2:48 am

    You make a good point. I hadn’t thought about it that way.

  4. Jason November 16th, 2006 12:40 am

    A friend of mine recently returned from India and told me tales of places that charged less than a $1 a day. Very basic, but he lived like a king there.

  5. Alex November 16th, 2006 11:19 am

    It’s not that cheap, but apparently westerners can afford to live quite luxuriously in Poland, as well. It’s not a bad position to be in.

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