Hi everyone! I’m finally taking some time to write to you and keep you posted about what’s been happening for the past few days.
So first of all, this first week has been amazing! My placement at Malvern House promises to be intense – very intense – but extremely enriching too! The people I’m working with are very nice and there’s such a good atmosphere at work, which (let’s be honest) tends to make things slightly easier. My closest colleague has already suggested me to go to this Hyper Japan event in Earl’s Court with other girls from the team. How nice! You see, they are things such as those that make you feel more confident and at ease when you’re… the new one!
Moreover (and I need to dedicate an entire paragraph to THE topic), the weather’s been very nice, which I must admit quite blows me away… In short, everything (or almost…) was gathered to make this week rightly perfect!
Just to let you know…Malvern House basically is an English school situated near international Saint-Pancras station. It welcomes students from all over the world with all sorts of backgrounds, thus emphasizing this multicultural aspect I’m so attached to. I’m very happy to work in such an environment… it’s very mind-opening – all that I like in short! I personally work there as an intern at the reception and sometimes at the study centre/library too.
And it just feels so good to live in English again… I mean not only to speak the language but also to live the English way! I had missed that a lot!
Yesterday, I went to the city centre and rediscovered many cherished places of mine again. I mean… I may be a hard-working sort of Londoner during the week, but I definitely need to be the touristy little me at weekends! I had a very British afternoon, strolling in the streets of the city of my heart for a beautiful and moving reunion… in the rain!
From Archway to King’s Cross via the northern line and then to Leicester Square via the Piccadilly one, I found myself in Soho, in the West End, at the heart of London. I of course went back to the Queen’s theatre, where so many beautiful things started. It might be a simple theatre among many others, but as you know, I’ve got a special story with that one…
Logically, I then headed to Piccadilly Circus and met all its effervescence again, and before I went back, I strolled in the very posh Regent’s street…
Once back in Soho, I went all the way down to Trafalgar Square, where they were displaying Le Tour de France (which weirdly started in Leeds – England – this year) on a giant screen. It all seemed like a quite popular event over here – there were people coming from all over the world just to watch the beginning of the Tour de France. That’s quite nice to see that France still manages one way or another and with more or less difficulties to keep its standards high…
I then walked through Whitehall saying hello to the civil servants working there and arrived in front of some more serious places of the city, i.e. the Houses of Parliament as well as Big Ben in Westminster, without forgetting 10 Downing Street where Mr. Prime Minister (Sir Cameron) lives ^^.
Before leaving the area, I absolutely could not not say hi to our dearest and precious queen… so after a quick tour in Saint-James Park, I went to majestic Buckingham Palace.
And to perfectly finish yesterday afternoon, I went up to one of my very favourite places in London that is Covent Garden, where I bought some crockery as it’s a total misery in the student residence I’m staying at!
Either in Covent Garden or in the West End, I’ve got such lovely memories I’m still living with and next to each and every day. It sincerely was quite emotional to get back there and think of last year while living it all again. But the past belongs to the past and it’s time to move forward, it’s time to write the rest of the story!
“I’m coming home
Tell the world I’m coming home
Let the rain wash away all the pain of yesterday
I know my kingdom awaits and they’ve forgiven my mistakes
I’m coming home, I’m coming home
Tell the world that I’m coming
I’m back where I belong, yeah I never felt so strong
I feel like there’s nothing that I can’t try”