TechnomadicsVagabonding Europe


This section contains our notes on all things logistical, from Internet to insurance. We've had our share of learning curves to climb, and we try to share what we've learned here from time to time.

Mobile Broadband in the UK

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The English appear to be very funny about offering contracts — even very short ones, like a month — to anyone who hasn’t been living in the UK for less than 3 years. Consequently, all of the contract options were unavailable to us, so prepaid was the only route possible. 3 This is who we’re with in UK. 3 are … Continue reading

Money abroad

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My mother, who has been spectacularly helpful in offering advice and helping to kick ideas around has done some research for us on how to manage money while we’re travelling. It turns out that, almost universally, banks are charging exorbitant fees to access money internationally – the 2% ‘currency conversion’ fee is one particularly common one, which can be a … Continue reading

Research on mobile broadband

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I have, with much assistance from Louise, my ‘virtual assistant’ living in Spain, determined a feasible way to stay connected. The main considerations were Wifi (open/paid) Mobile broadband (3G) from the UK, and roaming Getting a local mobile broadband account upon entry to a new country Mobile satellite The conclusions are: Wifi: Not accessible enough, particularly if we plan to … Continue reading

Living on the road: Food notes

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To give us a hand, my also-travel-bugged mother has compiled an impressive list of ingredients, utensils, and other bits and pieces that she and her partner Chris pack when they’re travelling with their camper trailer. She has also listed a whole bunch of recipe ideas. The guide was so helpful I thought I’d post it here.

French notes: Conjugation

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The bane of every French student, or so I hear. Here’re my notes on conjugation. (in progress)

Campervan purchasing notes

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Some research on buying a campervan in Europe. Note: This post is a work in progress

French notes: Grammar basics & Verbs

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I’ve been keeping my notes on French in the note-keeping software Evernote, but in the interests of flexibility, persistence and avoiding Evernote’s nasty editor bugs, I’m going to start keeping them here. So far, we’ve been learning in a fairly ad-hoc fashion, using the Pimsleur French audio book series, which doesn’t really contain a written component, and takes a very … Continue reading