This morning I got to sleep in until 9 a.m.!!!!!! It was magical. Annie and I even walked a mile to Starbucks just because we wanted some authentic American coffee (jokes). Really though, I needed a normal-ish sized iced coffee with caramel. Starbucks is not the same all over the world. In London you put milk in your coffee. They don’t do it when you order. Ok, whatever I can handle that. But, the venti is SO small. So it’s probably more of a rip off here than in Oklahoma. Regardless, I was happy to be able to drink something familiar other than water. However, I think we are all getting dehydrated. I’m chronically dehydrated so it’s a miracle I’m still walking. I’ll work on that.
Our site visit was to ITN today, which was SO fascinating and really engaging. We saw the studios, the control rooms and even watched a live broadcast while listening to the control room over radio. So everything the presenter hears in his ear during the broadcast was what we heard. They even gave us muffins and coffee while we watched. The presenter was really cool. He was an older guy and was really engaging with us. He showed us what he was working on before going on the air. We saw a guy editing a package and then literally 2 minutes later I saw it on air. Crazy, hard work.
From there we ran to Ketchum PR, which really applies to me since PR is my major. It was right up my street and I actually understood what they were talking about! That’s a good sign. Thanks OU. They showed us some of the campaigns they have done and they were really impressive. Ketchum is a very big and prestigious agency in the PR world, so we were very lucky to be able to stop in for a chat.
After that a few of us ate a late lunch at Marks & Spencer. America NEEDS these. It’s healthy and fresh food that you can run in and grab to eat on the go. It’s not terribly over priced either. It was so delicious. We shopped at a few little stores that were so up my alley. I got a book called The Little Pink Book of Cocktails. It was a fun surprise. We then went to Notting Hill and walked around looking at the cute and colorful houses. I even saw Julia Roberts’ face on several t-shirts.
On our way back to the flats on the Tube, we made a stop and when the doors opened, a man came over the speaker and was like, “Attention! Please evacuate the station immediately.” My first though was ISIS, so I decided to get off at the next stop and get a cab. I told my friends I was getting off and getting a cab, so they could have a free ride if they wanted. Better safe than sorry! I think the emergency ended up being faulty fire equipment. It was worth the 15 pounds, to me.
We collapsed when we got back to the flat, but our group is going out to this ping pong bar tonight so we have to gain back some energy. A few of the group members have gone to ping pong a few times since we’ve been here, but I haven’t. I’m looking forward to it! We also call it bong bong and we sing “bong bong ping pong bong bong ping pong bong” to the tune of Rihanna’s Disturbia hahaha. We’re a pretty fun group.
Ok, well it’s about time to go to ping pong. Go Thunder!!!!!!!!