The best part about working this summer is that after Tuesday, my work week is already half over since I only work Monday-Thursday. Work has been pretty steady this week. Still making many phones calls every day to investment analysts and portfolio managers around the world. I decided to look up the country phone codes to check which companies I am calling, and it turns out I’ve been calling the UK, Ireland, Portugal, Spain, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, Switzerland, France, Canada, and the US. It turns out that companies in primarily non-English speaking countries still speak English for the most part. When I make calls to Germany, for example, they will answer in German, and I will ask if so and so is in the office, and they will answer back in English.
The British corporate culture is definitely much different than the American culture. As I had heard before, it is very crude here in the UK. I’ll hear people swear often every day without a flinch. Whether it is just in regular conversation or if they had made a mistake, I will hear some cuss words often every day. Much different than my experiences in the States.
My coworker, Stu, finally taught me how the English soccer leagues work. There are 4 different leagues, and pretty much the top 3 of each league move up to the next best league. The bottom 3 of each league get demoted down to the league below. Much more incentive on playing well throughout the season. Maybe the NBA should implement this so the players actually try during the season and not just the playoffs.
I had lunch with three coworkers today and had an interesting conversation about what the Royal family actually does and how they get money (through taxpayers). Weird how they don’t really do too much, just charitable work throughout the year, and they get to live in state owned properties and receive paychecks. My coworkers agreed, though, that the Royal family does bring in a lot of money from tourism that they attract.
On Sunday I took the opportunity to tour Stamford Bridge, Chelsea’s soccer stadium (thanks for the bday present, Travis). We went inside the stadium, in the locker rooms, and in the press rooms. Chelsea is one of the best soccer teams in Europe, and their stadium has a lot of history. The stadium is relatively small (42,000), but I would love to see a game there. If I could see a soccer game here, it would be the experience of a lifetime. From what I’ve heard, the bigger soccer games, like the World Cup games, are much bigger than the Super Bowl is in the States. However, the season just happened to end in mid-May and starts in August. The two months that I am here just happen to be right in between the 2 months of off-season.
That’s alright though because Wimbledon is coming up next week and the week after. I plan to get to at least one day there. From what I have heard, getting Centre Court tickets (the main court) is tough and you must either camp out or get in line for tickets very early in the morning. To me, this would be well worth it. I’m still looking at different days that would be good to go to. Myles, a coworker of mine, is a tennis fanatic so he has been giving me tips.
I also just wanted to say thanks for everyone that checks my blog. I love writing on here just so I can keep a record of what all I have done, but it makes it so much better than people are actually interested in reading what I have to say. So thank you for continue reading even though my posts are becoming less frequent (it’s not too exciting to write about how I updated some names on the company’s database), and hopefully everyone enjoys reading it as much as I enjoy writing it.
That is all for now. I better get a good night sleep for another work day tomorrow. Here are a couple pictures for your enjoyment.
As they say here, Cheers!