What I knew about London and the UK could be summed up with one line: bad teeth, left side driving, “football” and T E A. So after being here a couple of months, have any of those stereotypes changed? Ehhhhh… just kidding.
Coming from a suburb right outside NYC, I was more than just enthusiastic about living in London. Being one of the biggest and most well connected cities in the world, the concept of living here created an adrenaline rush of excitement that ran through my whole body. Even so, my first day certainly forced me to get acclimated rather quickly, from riding the tube and double decker buses, to finding out how much earlier everything closes here. Pubs closing at 11, really??
However there were plenty of other things to be thrilled about, from all the diverse people to all the diverse food. Any given tube ride could have a sound that combines English, Italian, Spanish, Farsi, and Russian…but it’s probably silent isn’t it?
Anyway, to be perfectly honest, I don’t think there could be a better city for an American to study in. From the culture and poshness of the West End, to the up and coming East End, and not to mention the rivalry between North and South London. But in spite of all that, I still hear native Londoners complain about their city.
For one the weather isn’t THAT bad, but I guess everyone in the city will complain about it anyways; and the tube is a breeze compared to the NY subway system as well. There also can’t be a more humbling and refreshing experience than walking past St. Paul’s and the bridge on a Sunday morning.
Now it’s probably about time for me to introduce myself, my name is Al and I’m the new intern here at @Work Hubs. I’ll be writing regular blog posts and newsletters while I’m here, and if you aren’t sure who I am when you walk in here’s a hint…I don’t have a British accent. Furthermore, I hope that my writing gives people a slight bit of entertainment and insight into what’s going on here at the Hub.
I’ve decided that I’d like to close it off with a quote from the late great Joe Strummer… “I LIVE BY THE RIVER!” And what could be better than that?