Monday, September 22, 2008

My London Experience

My name is Mara and I am an intern at Twin. I have been here for 3 weeks now and I truly love it so far.

My first impressions of London have actually been pretty good; warm weather, sunshine…however I learned fast that the English weather is unpredictable and you should not leave your house without an umbrella. But whether the weather is good or not there are lots things to see in and around London. Although I have been to London several times before, every time I go there I learn about new things and new places. This is one of the main reasons why I chose London as my destination for my internship. On the one hand you have all the sightseeing places you have heard about, like Big Ben, Tower Bridge, Buckingham Palace, the London Eye, Madame Tussauds etc. Whereas on the other hand there are always different festivals or events you can join. For example I went to the “Colourscape Music Festival” in Clapham with some friends last weekend and it was so much fun. It was in a huge inflatable structure with almost 100 brightly coloured chambers of variable shapes arranged in a labyrinth with different music everywhere. And if you are lucky you get the chance to go to some secret hotspots only urban Londoners know about.

Beside the rush of this pulsing city, you can still find a lot of places to relax. Just enter one of the big parks in central London and from one minute to the other you will forget that there are millions of people and cars around you and you get the impression of being somewhere in the country.
Talking of which, the English countryside is also absolutely worth a visit. Kent, Brighton and other nice towns and areas are not far away and easy to reach by national train. You can spend either just a day there or a whole weekend.

But I am not just here to explore London, the main reason I am here is for my internship and I can honestly say I am absolutely happy with my placement. All my colleagues are really nice and though they are working a lot there is always time for some joking, which keeps the working atmosphere really good. My tasks are split half in the Work UK sector and half in the marketing sector, and because I have a lot different things to do it never get bored. Everybody is also very supporting and they give me the feeling of being not just an intern but part of their team. Another good point is that the Twin English School in London is only 10 min to travel by bus from my host family’s house. The English School in London offers English Courses for foreign students to learn English.
By the way they are really nice people and because they had over 50 students staying at there home over the years they are used to the situation and very open minded about people from all over the world.
They also told me wrong about thinking that everybody in the UK only eats fish and chips or beans on toast. You can get food from all over the world in London.
I could go on talking and talking but its weekend time and there are still so many things I have not seen yet…
All in all I am absolutely enjoying my internship and it is definitively going to be one of the best times of my life.

By Mara Anastassopoulos, a German Intern at Twin

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