As I am sitting at my favorite café called the Guillam Coffee House and writing this, let me tell you, I am really tired and feel a little dead inside. The excitement of being a new place and trying to do everything in one day really did not treat me well. So, my goal for next week is better time management. I have decided to have time slots for everything I do and also build a proper schedule.
This week was an extremely fun and exciting week for me. I went to see “The Play that Goes Wrong” at the Duchess Theatre. This was my first theatre show and l was fascinated by it and will definitely be seeing more of those. We also went on a tour where they showed us all the places which define London – my favorite had to be Buckingham Palace. The décor and the size took me in awe. Other than that, I spent most of my time studying as I had quite a few tests this week – I know it’s only the second week.
I took up a gym membership for the next 3 months too because I figured that as I am staying alone in this country, it is crucial I take care of my mind and body. Everyone here is active, people mostly engage in outdoor activities. Even at 4 in the morning when it’s pitch dark, I see people outside cycling or running outside.
London is big on sustainability – people here are strictly against use of plastics, wasting energy etc. Here I see a lot more electric cars and use of more public transport. You are charged every time for using plastic- you are supposed to carry your own bag every time, everywhere.
This is one of the biggest difference I have seen. In the US, everyone leaves the lights on. In almost every building, the lights are left on for the entire night. But here, even if we leave the room for 30 minutes, we are required to switch off all the lights. People here also try to fight against food waste which is a growing and concerning issue for the world. There are quite a few different companies online who asks numerous restaurants to sell all the unsold food by the end of the day at quarter of a price to people. This is a brilliant strategy as people begin to line up in front of these stores to buy those discounted price food. I feel this concern for our Planet is crucial and every person from all around the world should take some initiative like this for betterment of everyone.
Week 2 Advice: Build your schedule and carry your own bags
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