Getting Comfortable in London

As of today, it is exactly three weeks since I boarded a plane from Washington D.C. to London. It is hard to believe that I have already been in the United Kingdom for almost a month! When I first arrived, I was very overwhelmed by the size and pace of the city of London. By now, however, I would say that I am used to the city for the most part and very comfortable getting around and living in a city of this size. In all honesty, it was not too difficult for me to adapt and become comfortable here. My friends and I have been able to explore many parts of the city in our time here so far. Exploring the city and interacting with the residents of London helped us to get a good feel of how to get around and what to do. Another thing that has been instrumental in helping me settle into this abroad experience has been my internship at the London Edition hotel. Although it took a few days to get settled into the work environment, all of my coworkers have been extremely receptive and understanding. I have met so many different people from all over the world who have given me advice and suggestions on things to do in London and how to truly adapt to living here. One thing that has been hard to get used to at work is the lack of detailed instructions. We were warned that the British were a bit vaguer and less contextual when it came to assigning tasks and projects. Thankfully, my superiors have been very receptive to my questions and clarifications. As for international experiences, I have had a great time exploring London and beyond over the past week and a half since my last post. I have taken in the royal scene in beautiful Hyde Park as well as being able to explore SoHo and see the city from the Sky Garden in downtown London. Additionally, I was able to catch an easy train across the English Channel to Paris this past weekend where I was able to experience yet another different culture in Europe. It was so amazing to see such iconic landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, and many more. Overall, my experience thus far has been phenomenal and I cannot wait to learn more about London and Europe as a whole as I become more and more comfortable in this global city.