Sorry, I still owe you answers.
2) No, but you will need to have enough money to live off. Have you got your visa application in yet?
4) There's a pretty good public transport system.
5) Frontloaders rock. Better in terms of water efficiency, good in terms of energy efficiency, and none of this crap of wash "routines". Put it in, turn the dial to 30 degrees (40 for nappies, 15 for darks) and away you go.
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