I remember after we announced we were moving to London, a few friends put us in touch with Americans they knew who were living here, as a way to gain guidance, perspective, maybe make a new friend and just generally ease the transition. It happens to anyone foreign who moves anywhere. People come out of the woodwork with their mom’s colleague’s daughter’s ex-boyfriend who spent a few minutes in the place you’re going.
Well Jeff put me in touch with Scott and Scott wrote Bryan and I a very long, detailed email which was chock full of practical information, such as how opening a bank account would be as difficult as solving Pi (it’s been solved, right?). He also waxed on and on and on and on about the beauty of post codes. And then Ari did the same thing. And I was like, why are these guys nerding out on post codes?
oh holy everything
#11 post codes
are the bomb.
A post code identifies your address only. So it’s all you need for GPS/sat nav or to give anyone that’s coming to your house directions. It also helps when you hear or see one to get a much more specific idea of where someone lives or where a place is located. It’s a great aid in looking for flats and houses as it can pretty specifically narrow down by street and block where you would be willing to move. The post code scheme makes sense and how London is divided makes sense and you know where something is just by seeing the beginning of the alphanumeric code.