marlbjm (Mar 25 2010, 01:14 AM) said: > original post I have been traveling...Germany, Brussels, Antwerp...Sometimes I go away to Amsterdam for drinks. But doesnt change the fact that I live in a sh*tty Dorp, in a house with no neighbors and have absolutely nothing to do during the week...And now I dread going out because at anytime some rabid vrow will shout at me in incoherent engels. The fact that my husband and a lot of people just blame me for "being difficult" or "whiny" just makes it special. Anyway, thanks, a lot, for the sympathy. Its good to feel that someone understands
When i first moved here and couldn't work yet(had to wait 8 months for my work permit) i went through roughly the same thing. But, i eventually decided to volunteer. Access has english language volunteer opportunities. Then i joined a book club-try waterstones. I signed up for some online courses and set myself goals and some direction. I also played a lot of computer games and ate snoepjes all day long-it wasn't perfect. But it gave me a goal and more important than the actual volunteer work is just getting out-meeting other people.
I got a Sony ereader as a Christmas present. I love it! I haven't stopped using it since I unwrapped it. I can download the newspapers on to it daily and I have already over 300 hundred books on the device (also very easy and quick to download). It is very easy to use and has a clear screen and it is brilliant to travel with as it takes up almost no space and yet has everything on it I would need. I decided, in the end, that the Sony was probably the better buy - as opposed to the Kindle - as it is easy to use here in Europe (we do not have Whispernet here) and a US shipping address is needed also to order a Kindle (plus for purchases of books you have to go to all the bother of buying gift certificates if you live outside of the US). I would thoroughly recommend the Sony e-reader to anyone who is likely to use a device like this.