Hiya, I’m Stevie! (Not to be confused with agency cat, DiscoSteve.) I’m originally from Tampa, Florida, but now live in Boston. As part of my advertising degree program at Boston University, I am currently studying and interning in London. With British parents and family spread throughout England, London was already part of my identity before I got here. What I thought might feel like a four-month vacation has actually been so much more. Studying and interning here makes for a genuine living experience, no matter how temporary.
Of course I’ve noticed a thing or two while I’ve been in London—here are a few of my favourites.
Where there’s tea and biscuits, there’s hope.
As a coffee non-believer, I am over the moon about living in a tea-obsessed city. I could also eat twice my weight in caramel Digestives. And of course a vodka and tonic makes for an even better ‘cheers’. This glorious drink and food make the grey sky and polluted air a little more bearable.
Mind the gap.
I knew Boston was bigger than Tampa, and of course I knew London was another step above Boston—but the sheer magnitude of the city didn’t hit me until I realized how paying for the Tube worked. Unlike a Boston one-time charge for using the train, the Tube charges you more depending on how far you travel through the ‘zones’. Everything in London is bloody expensive!
A bit of banter.
How strange that our two countries are often separated by a common language, with words like lift, pants, pissed or bird. Or how unfortunate that there are some things that will always sound better in an English accent—innit, mate, knackered, most profanities. Although, my beloved 'dude' will always have a better ring in my accent.
Donald Trump is a complete dickhead.
Upon hearing me speak, many Londoners are quick to refer to the many American stereotypes. The most popular by far are the array of Donald Trump comments, which aren’t really stabs because I’m in complete agreement over his utter stupidity. I’ll be back in Boston in a few months, but if Trump is elected I could be back in London sooner than expected.
For now, too many cups of tea, endless banter, research and creative work will fill my days. Look out for updates, as I’ll be cranking out these blog posts each week until they send me home!