Working Hard………. or Hardly Working

In England by Eller Student

My experiences in London have changed over the past month, I have started working, I’ve done some traveling, and I have become even more of a tourist during my free time. Working has been what I expected; a lot of busy work, but it is not as laid back as other people who have done the program have said. I often find myself working through lunch and running files around the office nonstop, but fortunately, the constant work has made the days go by much faster.  Also while working I was able to learn more about the British culture. I was able to tag along the other day to a party that my company was catering, and while shadowing the events manager I was able to talk to him and another women in charge of the event about how work is an integral part of the life of the English businessmen and women. Both of them explained to me that it isn’t uncommon for people to work about 60 hours of work a week, and they continued by saying that by the end of these weeks when Fridays come people are tired and ready to drink and be with their friends. This explains why there are over seven thousand pubs in London and why they have such a friendly atmosphere.

Last week I had the opportunity to travel with Drew Jennison to Prague. Unfortunately while I was in Prague I wasn’t able to experience the true culture of the Czech Republic, because, we were only there for the weekend and were constantly sightseeing with thousands of other tourists. We walked for close to seven hours straight that Saturday exploring everything from in the castle to the old Jewish Ghettos. On the second day there we explored outside the city and took the train to visit the Bone Church in Kutná Hora. In my opinion this was one of the strangest and coolest things I have had the chance to see on the whole trip. The Bone Church is a church where all the decorations like the chandelier, chalices, and the coats of arms are made out of human bones from bodies that were in its graveyard. The Bones were originally put into the church because the graveyard suffered from over population. The grounds in the graveyard are said to have direct association with the holy land which made it very sought after burial site; so in order to make room older bodies were exhumed and s
tored in the chapel. Unfortunately, we were only there for about twenty minutes before we had to catch a train back to Prague in order to make our flight home. While I was in Prague I didn’t have much trouble communicating with the locals because many of them spoke a little bit of English, or we translated and saved helpful phrases into our smartphones. Although it feels like I have sprinted through the first Mont in London, I have had an amazing time and looking forward to what the second month has in store.