The first week, I spent a day waiting for a PC and another trying to get the software to build. Spent the rest of the time trying to understand how everyhing fits together. It's not a terrible structure, (which is something I say quite rarely). Hotel was horrible. Shitty location, grim, gloomy, no breakfast, and a terrible hard bed. Moving to the Ibis Budget was actually an improvement.
This week I actually have some work to do. Spent some time doing some graphics stuff. Now they want a widget. I can do widgets.
Still staying in hotels, and effectively this means I'm probably paying to work here. Still, the one I found is decidedly average. I have never stayed in a more average hotel. Everything about it is okay really. The room is reasonably sized. The wardrobe has no doors. It's clean. It includes an adequate breakfast and there's an adequate restaurant for dinner. The internet is just about fast enough for reasonable quality Netflix. It has a adequate number of power sockets but they're a bit far from where I want to put equipment (it's a stretch to plug a PC into the TV).
The office is in a shitty location, near a bingo hall, various furniture shops and a major national team's football stadium. Essentially all the places that are typically found in areas that are essentially wastelands. Traffic in Manchester is horrible, but at least Holly the Evil satnav mostly guides me around the worst congestion.
Currently flat hunting. Seemed to be only a handful of flats available now in the areas I want. Decided it would be easier to rent a room for a month, and at least have a kitchen and somewhere to stay at weekends. Tried lots of places on Spareroom.co.uk. Either got no resposne or the place was gone. Eventually gave up and went for airBnB. It's more expensive but I can't be bothered with the hassle. I'm tired and stressed out! At least I have somewhere as a base for a couple of weeks where I can cook my own meals, and I have the weekends to find a flat.