A Lucky Girl in London
When I told everyone around me: “I am going to London”; their reply was “LUCKY YOU GIRL”. They are right, indeed.
It is my first time being here in London Town and there is more than 100 of things to do and see: The museums, the parks, the food markets, theatres, River and Waterways, beautiful greens spaces, iconic shopping centres likes Selfridges and Harrods, the capital’s spectacular sporting venues, the diversity of the architectural styles, the art galleries, etc… Trust me; there are lots and lots to add on…
I landed safely on Sunday, 23rd of March and started the touring around. First of all, the weather is incredibly awesome; the temperature is 11°C with a lovely gray sky! Once checked in at the hotel, I went to Oxford Street – one of my to do list recommended by Sawsan. Sawsan was my “Siri” (her directions were easier than the ones given by a Londoner!). I stepped into Selfridges – the taste of this special carrot cake served by the lovely Maria at Dolly’s will never be forgotten, the crowd at the iconic department store, the Mariage Frères shop downstairs, and Hyde Park… Walking around these clean streets, royal parks and historical architectures make you feel refreshed, relaxed…
My second day started with a light breakfast at the hotel, and then it was time for the tube adventure towards the Octopus offices located in South East London! Not going to lie, this was a bit terrifying. I got lost in the intersections and imagine that feeling when you try to get out of a room and all that you find are locked doors. Long story short, I reached the Elephant and Castle station and luckily, Lawrie (An Octopus team member) was meeting me at the station, but guess what; it was the other side of the station. We managed to meet and we had to walk for another 10 mins.
Finally, I got into the Octopus office. It is an open space, a huge room with everyone sitting on an adjacent desk. Everyone welcomed me warmly. I settled in and then started to go through my day plan; I met with the Account Executive, the Sr Account Executive, the account manager as well as the account director – each has something different and interesting to share with me. I have shared with them the “Happy” video and they were like “how many people were forced to do that?” ha-ha.
Everyone in the office seems busy but responsive whenever I have a question to ask. One of my planned activities for this week is to visit their Windsor offices who work for big clients such as SAP, Riverbed, Kronos and much more… I am looking forward to meeting them and brief them about our A-team skills and expansion as well as the Middle East PR Landscape in general! Lots to tell in my experience summary!
Hence, the best thing about this city so far, is that everyone speaks English and walking around is the best option 🙂
Lots of Love guys and I miss you all already <3