Time is literally flying and I have been working for Lufthansa Cargo in London for about 5 months now. With the following blog post, I can hopefully give you a better insight on how it is to live in London and what I do when I am not in the office.
When you think about London or the United Kingdom in general, what do you think of? Rain? Dreadful weather? I wish I could tell you a different story but especially this year, the autumn in London seems to be very wet. But that does not stop me from travelling into central and watch the Christmas light switch on in the heart of London, Oxford Street. And it certainly does not stop me from watching the fireworks going off celebrating the 5th of November, also known as the Guy Fawkes Night.
Five months into my internship I cannot believe it is Christmas soon, and what surprised me more was that the Christmas lights in central have been switched on last week already on November, 1st. However, I am a big Christmas fan and could have not been any happier to attend such a great event. Oxford Street was barred to traffic from the afternoon until late at night. The city was packed with people waiting for the Christmas lights to be switched on and it was worth the waiting. The main shopping street was full with people looking at several screens that were placed in the middle of the roads, watching Kylie Minogue switching on the Christmas lights. When the lights were finally switched on, the whole Oxford Street lit up in all its festive splendor. Eating my first ginger bread man of the year rounded off another “casual” Sunday in London.
Even though the autumn can be quite wet in the United Kingdom, many events still take place and people manage to even have fireworks going off in the rain. Every year on the 5th of November, fireworks and bonfires take place to mark the anniversary of the end of the plot to blow up the Houses of Parliament in 1605. Together with my flat mates I went to the Brunel University, which is close to Uxbridge and where I live, to see the fireworks. The campus site was packed with students as well as parents with their kids and everyone enjoyed the show (despite the rain :)..).
Besides all the rain, we have also had a few sunny autumn days in London, which were perfect for having walks in one of the many parks in London. I have to admit.. I fell in love with London and its versatility. Loving the internship, gaining knowledge about the logistics industry and putting the theory learned at school into practice is one thing, but making new friends and loving the place where you live is another. I personally think it is really important to enjoy the city you live in, especially when you live abroad away from your friends, family and, in my case, my two lovely dogs. London is a great city and even though I have lived in and near London for a pretty long time already, I still have not seen it all, but that’s what makes it great. I am very thankful for the opportunity to do my Internship at Lufthansa Cargo in London and can only recommend it to everyone that is thinking about going/working abroad. How to prepare best for the application, what to include and to leave out, as well as how to prepare for the telephone interview can be read in my next blog post. :)
I hope you enjoyed reading the blog post, best regards from the very rainy London,