A Week Late…

Yes this did happen in Central London last week.

But it was gone by the afternoon.  It’s actually really funny when it snows here because the city goes crazy. They have no idea how to handle it.  Every tube had major delays, buses had minor delays and some shops were closed.  One of my classes was canceled because my teacher couldn’t get in.  Really?!  If you look in between the cars you can see that the road is perfectly clear.

So I’ve heard that it was much worse in Greater London but I still think they are exaggerating a bit.

First Group Project – COMPLETED

In my buyer behavior class we decided to investigate how Research In Motion repositioned the Blackberry from a business phone to a social smartphone.  We did a lot of work (research, questionnaires, interviews, focus groups, etc) and late nights but finally handed in the report last Thursday.  We also had to do a YouTube video summarizing what we did and this added 10% to our grade.  We decided to be more creative with the video and not do the normal presentation where people stand in front of the camera and read from a script.  This is our video.

The grading system is really weird/different here so without going into detail we got an A+ on the entire project (report and video).  I’m off to a good start with my grades.  I guess all of the stressing paid off.

Once I fully understand the grading system I’ll explain it in detail.

Soooo Excited!!!

In 4 days my family will be here!  I’ve planned out the week, made reservations for tea and dinners, and made an itinerary for them while I’m in class.  I CAN’T WAIT!!!

We are a crazy family but I’m sure most would consider their family crazy also.  We laugh at the littlest thing and just enjoy our time together.

Most say my mom and I are twins.  Do you agree?

This photo is so ugly but I think it describes my family perfectly…..always blaming Alex for something.

Things Planned:

Abbey Road

Borough Market

Portobello Market

Afternoon Tea

Bumpkin

Belgo

Selfridges

Harrods

Big Ben

Westminster Abbey

A Tour of my School

Winter Wonderland

The Hobgoblin

Buckingham Palace

And many many more!!

I even have an arrival  gift for them. I hope they like it!

My First Tube Strike

I thought today would be a normal day until I remembered that there is a tube strike going on.  I checked the Transport For London website and found this:

Apparently this happens a lot so I better get used to it.  Got to head out now since it might take me over an hour to get to class.

School Field Trip

The marketing students and MBA students went to the Tower of London for the day to meet with the marketing team that works there.  It was very boring.  It’s one of the top 5 tourist spots for London but we all weren’t sure why.  After spending the day there we had to give a 10 minute presentation about ways to market the tower better.  At first we were all scared of what to say because we were pretty much telling the team that they were doing a horrible job and we had better ideas than they did but in the end they took it very well and really enjoyed our presentations.

I didn’t even bother taking photos inside the tower but here are some from the outside.  You can say you were there since you have seen these photos.

Don’t waste £17 ($17) to go inside.

*It was pretty cool that our school planned this for us and we got to meet the marketing team though.

The Big Bus

School organized a Big Bus Tour so we all had a bus to ourselves.  It was a cold day but we still sat on top.  Here is your mini tour of London.  When you visit I’ll give you a better one!

The real tour is SOOOOOO much better.  Hurry up and get over here!

Day Trip to Brighton

My school set up a day trip to Brighton so I figured why not go.  All I had to do was pay £10 and show up at the bus. After an hour and a half nauseating bus drive on the “wrong” side of the road we arrived and were ready to explore the seaside town.

First we went to the Royal Pavilion. We didn’t go inside but it was beautiful from the outside.

After that we walked down to the beach and the pier.

It was a beautiful day so there were people jet skiing, laying on the beach (in clothing), and flying kites.

The only strange thing is that the “beach” looked like this up close.

The pier was full of the typical rides, food places and candy stores.

Brighton is known for it’s rock.  It’s pretty much a candy cane in different flavors.  I brought back the strawberry flavor and we both really liked it.

There was a hamburger place that claimed it made them “American Style”.  What does that mean?!

Some other photos from our day…

And I’ll leave you with a street band named Iron Boot Scrapers that was doing a cover of Rianna’s “Umbrella”.

They were awesome and we sat there for a good 20 minutes listening to them.  Here is the link to their website. www.ironbootscrapers.com

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