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Old 07-28-2013, 09:31 AM
 
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Hi
I have now moved to CT as I had mentioned in my other post. It has been 2 weeks now living in Ridgefield.

Am I happy... well generally yes but I am having to get used to a slower pace as compared to living in London, UK.

Thoughts so far:
Weather is good,
Apartment is fantastic,
Options for food such as grocery stores, etc are pretty good.
Not everything is cheap so we have been taking our time to purchase essentials for the home.
Got my SSN, now will attempt to get my CT Drivers License - as I have been driving for over 20yrs in UK I really hope that its a matter of presenting my ID, etc to the DMV and paying the fees to just get a CT license instead of having to take a knowledge test and driving test !! Going tomorrow - so will find out.


So far so good......
Jazz
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Old 07-28-2013, 09:44 AM
 
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Got my SSN, now will attempt to get my CT Drivers License - as I have been driving for over 20yrs in UK I really hope that its a matter of presenting my ID, etc to the DMV and paying the fees to just get a CT license instead of having to take a knowledge test and driving test !! Going tomorrow - so will find out.


So far so good......
Jazz
DMV is closed on Monday.


This is the information for non-resident license procedures: DMV: Driver's License - Non-US Citizen - Requirements.
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Old 07-28-2013, 09:54 AM
 
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Thanks - saved me a wasted trip ...so I go on Tues.
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Old 07-28-2013, 09:59 AM
 
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Glad to hear you like it so far, it is always nice to get an update.
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Old 07-28-2013, 10:04 AM
 
Location: Fairfield Co, CT
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Welcome to the US! Been here 15 years now.......

Be prepared to take the driving test, certain European countries are exempt but not the UK. I had to retake mine when I got here in MA, apparently they told me the UK test isn't of a high enough standard (biggest joke ever which you will realize when you take the US test, LOL!). The cop who did my test actually breathed a sigh of relief that he finally had someone who could drive that day......anyway we just drove round the block, stopped at a few stop signs and I think I parallel parked too, that was it......so don't worry if you have to take it!
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Old 07-28-2013, 11:35 AM
 
Location: Coastal Connecticut
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Not everything is cheap so we have been taking our time to purchase essentials for the home.
Go to Ikea, save some money.
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Old 07-28-2013, 01:38 PM
 
Location: New London County, CT
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Go to Ikea, save some money.
No way.

Buy quality furniture that you wont have to replace in 18 months. Ikea furniture is cheap until you have to replace is every 2 years.
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Old 07-28-2013, 02:08 PM
 
Location: Coastal Connecticut
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No way.

Buy quality furniture that you wont have to replace in 18 months. Ikea furniture is cheap until you have to replace is every 2 years.
Oh really? I have some pieces from Ikea that are 6 years old and still in perfect condition.

The days of Ikea being all particleboard furniture are over. I have solid wood furniture from Ikea (love the Hemnes line) that will last a long, long time.

Plus, for home essentials (cookware, dish towels, utensils, rugs, bedding, decor, etc) Ikea has great stuff for a very low price.
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Old 07-28-2013, 02:10 PM
 
Location: New London County, CT
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Oh really? I have some pieces from Ikea that are 6 years old and still in perfect condition.

The days of Ikea being all particleboard furniture are over. I have solid wood furniture from Ikea (love the Hemnes line) that will last a long, long time.

Plus, for home essentials (cookware, dish towels, utensils, rugs, bedding, decor, etc) Ikea has great stuff for a very low price.
You ought to put them in a museum. I've never heard of anything cheap from Ikea lasting that long...

The cheap stuff at Ikea is garbage, and if you spend real money there, you're better off going somewhere else.
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Old 07-28-2013, 02:11 PM
 
Location: Coastal Connecticut
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You ought to put them in a museum. I've never heard of anything cheap from Ikea lasting that long...

The cheap stuff at Ikea is garbage, and if you spend real money there, you're better off going somewhere else.
Whatever. Opinions are like, well... you know.

I can vouch this stuff lasts:

HEMNES bedroom series - IKEA
HEMNES living room series - IKEA
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