Time is flying by, I can’t believe it’s been 3 weeks already. One of my coworkers from Seattle arrived in London yesterday for a 90 day expat assignment. Since he’s staying in the same hotel as me he asked if we could commute into the office together on his first day. We met downstairs in the hotel lobby and started off for the tube station together. Amidst explaining the various routes to the office, and which station we would transfer at, and warning him to look right before left when crossing streets, I realized….whoa I actually know something about this city. Not as much as a local, but slowly and surely I’m learning my way around this town. Confidence was at an all time high, and then I got stuck in the revolving gate at the tube station. BOOM – ego trip over. So on that note, here’s my recap of last week:
On Saturday I went to my first English Premier League football (AKA soccer) match with a co-worker. I rooted for the home team, Fulham FC, and they won 1-0 against Stoke City to end their at home losing streak which put the fans in good spirits. Fulham’s stadium is called Craven Cottage and has an actual cottage in one corner of the stadium. I learned that it has been around since 1896 (which explains the creaky wooden steps up to the stands), and it is surrounded by the Thames River, a park, and residential homes. My favorite part was hearing the jeers of the crowd when they shouted things like “You wanker!” or “Bloody idiot!”.
I met some friends on Sunday at Covent Garden for lunch and then walked around the surrounding areas. Because the sun was out I decided to walk the few miles back to my hotel and meander through some of London’s tourist spots on the way.
The giant blue rooster sculpture at Trafalgar Square:
The last leg of my walk took me through Hyde Park. So many people were out in paddleboats on the pond and lounging in lawn chairs on the grass due to the sunny weather. As the British would say, “it was lovely”.
In two short weeks I’ll be going back to the homeland stopping in San Francisco for a work conference, then Oregon to see family for the weekend, then Seattle for work, then….(drumroll)…..HAWAII 2013 for my big 3-0. The countdown of the last month of my twenties has begun but I’ll wait to be depressed about my age until after the trip to Maui.
Reading the USA Today app on my iPad to keep up with the US government shutdown news. They need to resolve that crisis ASAP so my European coworkers will stop gloating about idiot Americans and so the dollar to pound conversion ratio doesn’t get any worse, among other less selfish reasons. Also started The Husband’s Secret but haven’t made much progress yet.
The Netflix spree continues. I couldn’t figure out how to watch US-network TV shows until this weekend so during the weeknights I watched two mildly entertaining movies: Magic Mike and Hope Springs. Alas, I finally figured out how to hack Netflix (thanks Chrome extensions) and am watching Season 1 of Scandal. Highly recommend.
On to week 4!