I’ve only been to the UK for about one month, and there’s a lot I can already say. Firstly, McDonald’s tastes a lot better in here. Secondly, who would know people would be so nice? Maybe my expectations were low because the British are known for being cynical and traditional, or maybe that’s just a stereotype, and they are actually cool people with a good taste for music.
I can say I’ve always associated work with pressure, and tension. There’s a lot of competition, formality and little space for mistakes. As soon as I stepped at WTF on my first day, those things were all real. They are competitive, professional, and efficient, but with a twist: imagine a team with all those qualities. Now imagine it with some 70’s tunes playing in the background, and with people communicating using a mixture of jokes and insults while still making fantastic work. That’s what I’m trying to say. It’s challenging, but it’s also fulfilling. It’s work, but it’s also play. I guess that’s how I would describe my experience in the UK so far: lots of fun and self-improvement.
I’m often asked how I adapted so fast, after all I’m pretty far from home. Of course, there are things I miss from America. I miss Boston’s 0°C ~ -15°C weather (yes, I love the cold). I also miss diner food. Eggs, toast and potatoes are my guilty pleasure. Lastly and probably not least, I do miss my friends. We’ve been through a lot of ups and downs together and I miss them sometimes.
Luckily, it’s easier to cope with that gap when London has so many things to offer. The night scene, for example, is fantastic. There’s always something new to see or new people to meet, people of all ages. I’ve always wondered if they had any meetings to attend the next day, they all seem to have important jobs, and busy lives. Well, I guess the one rule here is ‘grow up, but never get old’. Can we also talk about the food? I’ll never forget Pret’s crazy avocado and cheese toast. Who would think those two could go so well together? They actually taste better that way. Same thing with working and playing, with loving and insulting and with growing up and being young. That’s what I love about being in the UK and interning at WTF. It’s all about combining the ordinary and tasting something completely new.