Well, it's not that I'm dissatisfied with Typepad, but when you can only blog online it's rather limiting.
For example, in Kosovo we had a rather good internet connection in the house I stayed in. But having a wireless connection was a bit advanced, so only one person could connect at a time. Then there were power cuts, which always lasted at least an hour and sometimes more in winter. Actually that was the best time to blog, when there was something to talk about. But it meant going out on a cold evening to an internet cafe with a generator, along unlit streets. Although Pristina never felt unsafe for a woman alone, I wasn't often alone. Usually it was more pleasant and useful to go to a restaurant with a generator than an internet cafe.
However, I found when it was really cold, the best thing was to go to bed early with a DVD. My laptop battery was usually enough to get to the end of the movie, and the lights would come back on again.
In Kiev, recently, the Soviet hotel we were staying in had the world's slowest connection so that it wasn't worth using. In the end we rented an apartment so we could use the living room as an office. Our internet connection was eventually organised with a card, but it was dial up and the phone was in a bedroom. So no chance to blog late at night. As days went by, it was hard to remember all the interesting things to blog about, and so I ended up blogging about the price of orange juice when I got back. It would be nice to be able to catch up with the mobile phone pics snapped during the day. I just remembered a photo now, which I had completely forgotten.
If a family of 3 people use water wastefully, then every day that is about 200 litres of hot water, which costs on average 2 kopecks. The waste for a month is 60 Kopecks and for a year 7 rubles 20 kopecks. For 20 families, the waste for a year is 144 roubles. That sum has to be paid by all the residents in the block. So save water. Don't let allow waste of cold and hot water!
In the case of bad plumbing, contact the housing maintenance organisation promptly.
ZhEK (Local housing office)
It's not clear when it was put up, but 144 roubles was still a month's salary at the end of communism.
So I really need an off-line editor. I'll be trying out more in the next week or so ready for my travels in September.
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