Greetings from the Big Smoke

May 16, 2011 § Leave a comment

… or, London Town. I’ve been here for the past week, seeing the sites and doing lots of interesting work (more on that in a bit).

I’ve spent much of my time in the financial district, but I’m staying on the South Bank, which means I cross London Bridge every morning on the way to work. Amazing. This past weekend I took in as much as possible: the cobblestone streets to eat fish & chips, near Borough Market, an entire room of immersive Rothko paintings at the Tate Modern, stood face to face with Van Eyck’s Arnolfini Portrait and Van Gogh’s Still Life: Vase with 12 Sunflowers at the National Gallery, stood over Charles Darwin and King Edward Longshanks at Westminster Abbey, hunkered down in innumerable pubs along the way with my coworkers, and of course paid a visit to Abbey Road:

Heading back to the states tomorrow, to wrap up my finals for this semester and put a few finishing touches on wedding stuff (we finally found an amazing caterer that can handle dishes from both Southern France and Southern Louisiana).

The other bit of news is that I’ve switched gears a bit from the agency world, and moved over to a London-based shop called Monitise. We’re working on some really brilliant mobile banking stuff for very large banks. If you’ve seen any rumblings in the news about the new NFC-enabled phones coming soon, you’ll understand how busy I am ;)

What else… Oh, in June I’m presenting my thesis research findings & concepts to the midpoint review board. Fingers crossed!

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