Royal Botanic Garden, Kew Gardens, London, Spring, Flower, Crocus, Iris

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew: Winter in London

The freak weather across Europe continued into March. Although March is officially a spring month, the amount of snow would have confused anyone. During the big snow storms, I decided to work from home, but the persistence of sudden blizzards and bad weather was quite worrying, as I booked tickets to go to Kew Gardens for the weekend.

Come Saturday morning, I woke up to nice weather. At this point, “nice” meant no rain, sleet, or falling snow, and non-sub-zero temperatures. It felt like the perfect weather for a day out in the middle of winter.

Kew Gardens is a beautiful place that just does not look like it’s a part of London. I was amazed by how inviting the local shops are and they were the perfect prequel to the gardens only a few minutes from the station.

At this time of year, I imagine gardens being pretty empty, but the indoor attractions really brought the crowds in. The two that interested me the most are Rebecca Louis Law’s Life in Death installation exhibit and the Orchids Festival.

Life in Death is an interactive and amazingly intricate piece of work. Law strung together different pieces of flowers, berries, and even spices (!) using thin copper wires, and let them hang from the ceiling to the floor. It is incredibly impressive! The flowers, even though they have been hanging for weeks, stayed in shape and remained bright as is they were fresh. I suppose that’s where the name Life in Death comes from.

The Orchid Festival is, however, the jewel of Kew. They collected species from all over the world, so anywhere you look – and don’t forget to look up –, there is something surprising and special.

But besides the exhibitions, the garden itself is huge and provide so much to see and do. And maybe it’s because it’s winter and quiet, but walking in the park was so fantastically peaceful, three hours passed by quickly. Despite the fact that I was on my feet for those 3 hours continuously, afterwards, it just felt invigorating.

I really hope to come back – as usual with places I enjoy –, when the flowers are blooming and the restorations are done. If you wanted to spend a whole day in Kew Gardens, you can easily do that. I cannot recommend it enough for a tranquil day out.

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Travelling for work

During my research into a traveller’s lifestyle, the most extreme and most celebrated way of living is through location independence. Location independence means so much more than not being tied down to one place; it means the fullest experience of freedom that you can get withing the shackles of Western society.

But the way I see it, it means an incredibly stressful time for a control freak like me. When I go to work 9-5, that means to me that I am able to control my income and have the safety of a monthly payment. When I leave the office in the evening, I am glad that I am able to go home to a comforting place where I can say that everything is mine and I do as I please. It is a small fraction of freedom, but it is something I am happy with.

And if I can’t handle location independence, I would be very happy with a job that allows me to travel once in a while. So when a few months ago, I was asked to go to Manila, The Phillippines to network and meet with our clients, sponsors, and attend our event, CrewConnect Global, I was astounded!

It was a teenage dream come true, and when faced with the possibility, I couldn’t help, but feel overwhelmed. It was a scary opportunity, and feeling still new in the company, I had to say yes. Up until a week ago, flying across the world on my own was a strangely frightening idea, but having been there and back again, I have to say that it was an amazing experience.

The venue happened to take place in the luxury resort hotel Sofitel, one of the most well-renowned places in Manila. We got to stay in amazing rooms, we got to eat in fantastic locations, we got to drink delicious cocktails, and much more.

The work was tough, helping running a conference and fulfil my tasks as a content marketer, but it was a great deviation from the every day office work. It was also a great opportunity to connect with your colleagues and have an incredible team-building time.

I can’t wait for the next conference. Bring on 2018!

 

The Harry Potter trail

My first week in London brings back many memories from my teenage years, one of which is the tentative steps me and my best friend made towards the underground to go and find platform 9 and 3/4 from the Harry Potter books.Today, Harry Potter turned 20 years old,

Today, Harry Potter turned 20 years old, and the joy its magic brings into our hearts is still the same as it was that first time we encountered it.

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Plans for Edinburgh and Fife, Scotland

My post-internship life turns out to be rather busy, especially the weekends. I’ve been invited to some family events on my partner’s side, and we have a lovely holiday coming up (you’ll hear about that soon enough).

So last weekend we were in Kirkcaldy, Scotland, where a lot of people I met were just gushing about Scotland to me. I am easily persuaded, so eventually, I would like to take up on the accommodation offer I got over the weekend, and make a trip around Edinburgh and Fife (which is where Kirkcaldy is).

I like to be prepared, so I made a wish-list of things to do and see in Scotland with the help of Guides by Lonely Planet and some personal recommendations. Continue reading

My internship ended

First of all, I tried to keep up a weekly blog and last week was the only one I missed this year I think… There’s a reason for that, and that is because I was celebrating, relaxing, and tried not to succumb to panic.

As graduates do, I did an internship at a local business – but now that it’s over, what next? Continue reading