Time is flying... this is day 20.
Since it has now been 12 days since my last post I figure if you are reading you may want an update.
So here's some highlights from the past couple weeks:
Before my internship started I had a week of non-stop London touring because I only had two commitments on my calender- 1 class and 1 meeting with my internship.
Class was dreary but my meeting with Aqueduct went really well! Jon took us (the interns) to an 'American' restaurant which was so funny! Dinner style with milk shakes, fries (not chips), burgers, Caesar salad, and Cajun chicken (what!? that one though me off).
The rest of the week was filled with some shopping, viewing changing of the guards at Buckingham Palace, and going to the Portobello market. This market was amazing! I cannot wait to go again! So much artistic jewelry, clothing, art work, and food! I had an amazing strawberry and Nutella crepe and bought some really fun rings.
It was so nice to get out of the city, as I looked out my train window seeing the rolling greenish blue fields roll by... it could not have been more beautiful! Once we arrived at the Cambridge train station we hopped off and tried to find a map... failed. So proceed to wander. We needed food so we found a cafe to get coffee and breakfast and compose a plan.
First we found our way to the Cambridge Botanic Gardens and spent a good 2 hours walking around and exploring the massive garden. Even in the middle of winter it was absolutely gorgeous.
After the Gardens we ventured to the heart of Cambridge... so we wandered to what we hoped was town... turns out we have a good sense of direction! Because we stumbled upon the St Peters college which we later learned was the original Cambridge College, but now the university is made up of 13 colleges in Cambridge.
While we were walking more and more toward town we were approached by a company offering a deal on punt river boat rides... so we decided why not! And it was a great decision! We say 9 of the 13 colleges and several of the main famous bridges (including the bridge of sighs... which is famous because students would walk across it to their exams... similar to the Venice bridge of sighs were prisoners would walk across to their deaths... I suppose).
The tour left us freezing and hungry so we stopped for some lunch. This is when I had my first authentic fish & chips... and I am now obsessed! It is actually a wonderful dish and I love everything about it!
The next week it was time to start 'real' life in London. Tuesday I started my internship! It is great, I love the people, there's free coffee, and the workspace is awesome... so modern and open for collaboration. The people are so creative and fun. It's a different dynamic than the ad agencies I've seen in the US because Aqueduct is almost all men. But it's great because the first day of work the interns were given real work for the client making a compile book of digital works for a major client. It was awesome to show this book to the team and see them bounce ideas around!
Following a long week of work, Thursday, a bunch of us went to a club to celebrate Dean's birthday! It was really fun, bottles were lite on fire and brought out to him to celebrate!
The majority of the rest of the weekend was relaxing, while I booked my weekend in Paris for next weekend and for Dublin the following weekend. I am getting really excited for Paris... and will gladly take any suggestions for what to do in either of these places :)
But for since I was in London, of course I needed to explore a little more... its such a big city there is so much to see! So I went to the Borough market for some delicious food... where I had a wonderful chai tea and veggie burger sandwich with sweet onion sauce, yum!
After the market we headed to London bridge, then realized we actually wanted to see tower bridge because the London bridge burnt down in the London fire so it was just a road. But the Tower bridge was the classic landmark and very cool. We then walked around some more and found an adorable, kind of modern, tea shop... so we stopped for afternoon tea... and I loved it! The British are on to something with this tea thing!
That evening we ventured to the area of London known for Indian food. The restaurant workers literally stand outside and offer you deals to get you to work there... delicious Indian food, free round of drinks, and 20% off... I'd say yes please!
After dinner we left that area pretty quickly... didn't feel like the safest... so we headed to central area in the West End where China Town is. It was crazy busy with people going out and well decorated for the Chinese New Year!
Well that's it for now! I have a busy week ahead of me of classes, work, and traveling to Paris (first full week since I arrived)! Life in London is just buzzing by!