Sunday, 18 March 2018

A Round Up of My Week | Cycling, Tower Bridge and Alumni Event

Today's post is a slight departure from my usual ones, but seeing that I had a rather interesting week last week, I thought it's worth capturing it here. Furthermore, I feel like posting something chatty and laid back today and I hope to give you a little insight into my life and what I was up to recently.

If you have been following me you would know that my exercises of choice are Pilates and Barre. But on Monday, I participated in a Cycle to Nowhere Challenge for Coram, the oldest children's charity in the UK. It was held at my office and the intention is to clock in as much mileage as possible in the hope to match the actual distance between Leeds and London (390km) and London to Cannes (1500km) which my colleagues in the Real Assets Investments are participating in. Each of the Cycle to Nowhere challenge lasted for 30 minutes and as someone who doesn't cycle nor do any spin classes, I randomly aimed for 15km and completely smashed my target and ended up with 18.5km in 30 minutes. I am very pleased with the outcome, and it simply shows the importance of setting realistic targets but at the same time gives your 100% (and beyond) to smash the target you set!.

I then had two very long days at the Tower Suite of Guoman Hotel, attending the New Generation of Operational Risk Conference. At the risk of putting you to sleep, I will spare you with all the details, but wanted to mention, if you don't know already, from the Guoman Hotel is the most insane view of the Tower Bridge. It was definitely the perfect spot to capture the Tower Bridge, the Thames with The Shard in the background. There is also a two-storey Starbucks cafe around the corner so if you ever need a caffeine fix with the most majestic view of an iconic London landmark, you now know where to go. And if you haven't tried, Starbucks breakfast porridge is legit. I'm very picky about how my porridge is done and usually, I stay away from 'take-me-to-the-counter-pot' sold in cafes, but I took some risk last week and was happy with the quality and taste of the porridge.

Finally, being a US university graduate living in London, it's very rare that I get to meet someone who graduated from my University in London. That doesn't mean there isn't any, it just means that our paths haven't crossed. So when the Dean of Smeal Colleague of Business of Pennsylvania State University was in town and hosted an Alumni event, I knew I couldn't let the opportunity go to waste. It was a fairly intimate event held at the St Ermin's Hotel (by St Jame's Park station), which by the way is a gem of a discovery! While the location is easily accessible, it is still secluded from the public and retains the colonial charm features in it. The closed event was attended by 20-30 people and definitely ignited a major throwback moment. Obviously, we graduated in different years, have had different experiences and have gone through different life journeys, but our experiences at University is the one that binds us to one another and it's always good to make new friends and expand our network especially with those who had similar experience but at the same time diverse experience from you.

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