Crazy Weekend!! Crazy Weekday!! Crazy Upcoming Days!!

Kim described most of the weekend we had in London. I want to add a different shade to it. After a Friday night of cards, charades and drinks, I was frantic on the Saturday morning. There were so many places to go to, so much to see and so little time. Being the social chair, I had to plan to get maximum in. While the ladies began their day with shopping, Kyle, Deepu and I took a stroll along the Thames. We went to the Tate Modern museum which had some “different” taste of the preserved art.

 

The Tate Modern

The Tate Modern

Enjoying the view at the top of the Tate

Enjoying the view at the top of the Tate

We tried to get the tickets to the plays of Shakespeare at Shakespeare’s Globe but unfortunately, only the costliest were left. We will be going there again. We are not missing on a Shakespeare’s play at the Globe.

At the Shakespeare's Globe

At the Shakespeare’s Globe

Our paths crossed that of out classmate Jinhee Yu, while she was on her exotic Eurotrip, right in front of The Buckingham Palace.

Right in front of Buckingham Palace

Right in front of Buckingham Palace

I will let the pictures speak for the rest of the fast-paced crazy weekend and some of the great time we have had in London till now.

 

My interest in Greek heritage came alive at the British Museum

My interest in Greek heritage came alive at the British Museum

 

Japanese heritage: The Samurai armour

Japanese heritage: The Samurai armour

 

221B Baker Street: Sherlock fans will understand

221B Baker Street: Sherlock fans will understand

Lord's: The Mecca of cricket

Lord’s: The Mecca of cricket

At Hyde Park: Who thought we would run into President Clinton here?

At Hyde Park: Who thought we would run into President Clinton here?

The Graffiti which Kyle repeats referring as "STREET ART"

The Graffiti which Kyle repeats referring as “STREET ART”

Deepu trying to topple the egg on the kid; apparently the kid is stronger

Deepu trying to topple the egg on the kid; apparently the kid is stronger

Our joyous tube ride: Its apparent, isn't it?

Our joyous tube ride: Duffy’s expression explains it

Taking Golden Hind for a spin

Taking Golden Hind for a spin

The Saturday had a perfect ending hitting the Gordon’s Wine Bar with the French team, completely fun!!

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Monday and Tuesday picked up with business as usual. We met the vice-president of sales operations and will be meeting the director of operations again to refine our direction. With the blueprint of direction given to us, we are trying to answer the questions INXN posed in front of us.

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We have a hectic schedule ahead of us to get the job done here.We are also looking forward to the tour of Coca Cola where we will be meeting the VP of marketing, thanks to Monica.

Apart from that, each of us has different trips lined up ahead of us. Paris, Barcelona, Amsterdam are few to name.

Keep checking!! Those interesting blogs are coming shortly!!

 

“Bond, James Bond”

“Bond, James Bond”………sounds like we are enjoying a Bond movie in London with MI6 in its premise. Let me tell you in complete honesty, it is not so. It is the feeling we got in the office of the client, Interxion, at the first day of our office, where everybody was looking at us with high expectations of getting them out of the pickle. First day at the client site and we were consultants from the word “go”. After preliminary niceties, we started with our question filled meetings including the ones with the HR Director and the Finance Director. Tons of data was dumped onto us. It was an enduring first half followed by a chilled second half.

We were in the fishbowl today, literally. The office of Interxion is called a fishbowl because of its shape. Unfortunately, we not allowed to take pictures within the fishbowl. I believe the Londoners have a very different understanding of the dress code “business casual”. In the morning today, when we reached our destination, we found ourselves to be overdressed with partially formal clothes whereas everybody else was in jeans, had funky hairstyles and talked in a cool British accent. It was interesting to note that professionals in London hold such key and high positions at such a younger age. It might be something that is ushering in the era of corporate coolness “mate” (with a British accent). We noticed the beautiful London skyline while walking back to our hotel.

London Skyline

It is a running joke here that standing on The Heron Towers (the cuboid building), one can pour martini over The Gherkin (the missile shaped building).

The best part of the day was the evening when John, Kyle and I hit the bars for the fourth consecutive night in a row (the bars here are too good to pass by, if you understand what I mean ;)). Reflecting back on the day, I feel it was a rewarding and a fulfilling experience. Today was a glimpse of the life of a consultant we aspire to be and the GAP support we require to have. I am relishing every moment of this experience. I feel the craziness of travelling, working and exploring are a sign of more good times to come ahead in next 18 days.

Stay tuned for those blogs!!