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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » Islington September 15th 2012

Hello All! Just touching base! I know most of you are plodding through winter at the moment, so sorry but I want to let you know it's been so nice here. It's currently Saturday afternoon, I've just been for a leisurely stroll around the streets of Islington (my new home!), in the sun - it's about 23ish degrees. Feeding my inner-hippy, just been to Planet Organic- an organic food and cafe supermarket, oh I could wander round and round in there for hours. I'm happy to be out of Tooting Broadway - it was a good start, but I never really felt comfortable there. It was ok but a bit rough around the edges and not a place where I could wander down the street and lunch at a cafe, not a 'relaxing' area. 2 months ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » Islington August 3rd 2012

With my internship at its culmination, I have come to realize that I have progressed through each of the five stages of an internship. From the beginning I felt a sense of anticipation given that I want to pursue a career in law, but my internship focused primarily on marketing. The nerves kicked in upon arriving in London. I was so anxious about getting lost on the first day that I left an hour and a half before I had to be there. The anxiety continued as I read the company ‘Bible,’ which specifically detailed office protocol, social accounts, and the stages of the company’s work. During the first week I felt like a fish out of water with all the new information. My anxiety got to the point of twitching hands while making tea. All ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » Islington July 28th 2012

Upon arriving in London I realized how much the locals drink tea. To fit in with the culture, I not only went to afternoon tea once, but twice, and would do it again if I had more time. The only thing I knew about afternoon tea was that it is very proper and there are various mini sandwiches and scones served. To prepare for the occasion, I dressed in a more conservative dress just in case others were wearing similar clothing. I was a tad overdressed compared to the others, but in general, high tea was what I expected it to be—formal, yet relaxed. The room at the hotel was very spacious, with white tablecloths neatly hugging all the tables. The waiters calmly stood by and attended to my every need. The mini tray of sandwiches, ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » Islington July 25th 2012

I just realized that I have not blogged in four days! I'm so sorry! A few things have happened since... First, I went to Brick Lane, a street close to my work, last night. It's famous for ethnic food, but most notably, Indian food. The restaurant owners linger outside and try to entice you to come in. After passing up a few places, we decided on an Indian restaurant. The man gave us a free round of drinks and 20% off the bill. They are clearly looking for business, so I left a generous tip. The food was delicious--vegetable curry and vegetable masala with rice and naan (sp?). Second, I found out that I am going to the Olympics! I will get to enjoy women's gymnastics this Sunday at 9:30 AM. It's hard to believe that ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » Islington July 21st 2012

Upon arriving in the UK, my nerves were shattered by cultural euphoria. I had trouble transporting myself from the airport to Nido and was forced to take the underground. I spoke to an elderly gentleman dressed in a pink tie and shirt who reinforced some of the stereotypes I had of the Brits. He was quick to comment on the amount of luggage I had and promptly suggested I should have taken a different underground line. I was completely taken back by his confrontation and felt like a sore thumb sticking out. He came off as very rude; however, despite the man’s comments, I was eager to try new things, meet new people, and adapt to the culture. The second stage, cultural confrontation, was one in which I lost the cultural euphoria and felt frustrated with ... read more

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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » Islington July 18th 2012

Now that I've been in London for approximately six weeks, I thought I'd talk about how comfortable I feel here. While I was riding the tube to work today I had a chance to think about my time here. Although time is flying by, every minute I am learning and becoming more of a true "Londoner." When I see people at King's Cross with luggage I automatically think back to when that was me: confused and freaked out. Now I walk to King's Cross and know exactly where I am going. I've gotten into a rountine everyday as if this is my permanent residence. People here mind to themselves and tune out the world with their iPods, so naturally that's what I've done. I've also discovered that it's very easy to navigate this city. The tube ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » Islington July 16th 2012

Okay, so Paris IS all it's cracked up to be. WOW. I had such an incredible weekend in the most visited city in the world. The group (about 100 in all) left on Saturday morning from St. Pancras International on the Eurostar train. Of course it was delayed so we lost an hour, but we still managed to do so much! Upon arriving we took a long way to our hotel to see the major sites like the Eiffel Tower, Opera House, and Arc de Triomphe. By this point in the day the group was incredibly famished and the hotel served us sandwiches and tarts. Although it was kind of sad given that all the sandwiches had meat on them and literally had chunks of butter. Not my cup of tea. Instead, I ate the tarts. ... read more
Me in front of the Eiffel Tower
Stav & I at the Sacre Coeur
Me at Notre Dame

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » Islington July 13th 2012

Since I don't work on Fridays I decided to go off on my own and explore more of London. I took the Piccadilly Line to Covent Garden and just walked. Somehow I ended up at Trafalgar Square. It's literally a giant square with a huge statue/pointy thing and the National Gallery. I had some other tourists take a photo of me below the countown to the Olympics sign! From there I hopped on the tube and ended up walking through Westminster (Big Ben, Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey). It was a zoo. Although it was great to see Big Ben again. There's something about it that fascinates me...I don't know if it's the design, height, or beauty, but something about it gets to me! Stunning. The cliched curses of Friday the 13th do exist, however. I ... read more
My favorite...Big Ben
Peter Pan

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » Islington July 10th 2012

So this post is going to be a very random collection of thoughts mainly because I want to have 20 posts! Here are some random thoughts, updates, and feelings: Sunday I actually slept in. Yes, slept until 10 AM. Sleep is marvelous when you don't get any for days! Since it was raining I thought it would be a good idea to finally hit the gym and burn off all those pesky pounds. I managed to do an hour on the elliptical. Yay, hooray! Now if only I could keep that up every day... Following my very exciting workout session, Stav and I decided to go to Baker Street, which is famous for Sherlock Holmes (a museum, store, hotel, etc.) and shop. Instead of expanding our horizons with Sherlock Holmes, we went into a Beatles store ... read more
Filming at Abbey Road
Filming at Abbey Road
Me at Abbey Road

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » Islington July 8th 2012

With the whole day ahead of us, Stav and I decided to visit Tate Modern, a free museum to the public. We've been spending so much money lately, so this seemed like a cheap, yet fun way to spend the morning/early afternoon. Wrong. Of course the bus stop we had to get off at was closed, so we had to walk even farther to the prison-like museum. It literally looked like a prison on the outside...and the inside. There were zero decorations. It was simply a big box of conrete. No wonder it's free. We went up and down the escalators a few times before we actually found the "art." It mostly consisted of naked women and artwork that I could have made (aka paint splatters and shapes on a canvas). Maybe that is why they ... read more
Me on the Millennium Bridge
Me with Madison and Stav!
The Tower Bridge lit up with the Olympic Rings




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