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Avoiding my inevitable departure with a sugar high

By Kim Parkhill

A recap of my 4th week in the Appian UK office

How have I already been in London for one month?

The time has flown by due to work, travel, and multiple glasses of rose along the Thames. It’s bittersweet moving into my final two weeks at the Appian UK office. I do miss DC this time of year especially with the upcoming 4th of July holiday {major FOMO}; however I’m truly enjoying my time with the London team and it will be hard to be an ocean apart and 5 hours behind again. Instead of pouting about my inevitable departure let’s focus on the fun I’ve had this past week.

In my last post I left you all in suspense as I was heading off to Germany. I know you were on the edge of your seats.

Due to the proximity of London to the rest of continental Europe I booked a trip to Berlin to visit family. Since I work with colleagues from all over the world Fabian Thal graciously prepped me on how to say the basics in German {Unfortunately this did not stick at all. I only knew how to say “wurst”. Palm to the face} and what to see while I was in the city. My aunt and uncle live in Dusseldorf, so upon landing they picked me up from the Berlin airport and we settled in for an eclectic evening. We ate at a very German version of a Latin restaurant, not recommended, and drank a few pisco sours catching up on life with colorful graffiti surrounding us.

Didn’t have a photo of the graffiti, but my face is neon green so close enough

In the morning I ran to the Berlin Wall Memorial despite ending up in a torrential downpour. It was the perfect amount of time, albeit weather, to stretch out my legs and squeeze in some history before it was time to jump in the car to Ranis.

Berlin Wall Memorial pre-torrential down pour (left) Posing in front of the fortress in Ranis (right)

Ranis, Germany is a small village located outside of Bavaria with my family roots dating back to the 16th century. I visited the iconic Burg Ranis fortress and climbed up the same tower my grandmother visited as a child. It was absolutely surreal and honestly if it was not for this Appian rotation I’m not sure I’d have ever found the opportunity to go.

Entrance to the fortress (left) At the top of the tower (right)

After buying a few bags {ahem 10 to be exact} of Haribo gummies I was on my way back to London for the work week on a sugar high. Monday happened to be my actual birthday, {work anniversaries are better than birthdays anyway}, and my extreme level of sugar consumption continued when my husband surprised me with cupcakes from Flavourtown. Gluten free cupcakes with legit glitter. Game over.

Clearly couldn’t wait to eat one before I took a photo

Exhausted from my Berlin trip I had planned to celebrate my birthday the introverted way with me, Netflix, and a glass of wine, but Fabian wanted to hear all about my travels in Germany since he prepped me after all. With some convincing {that’s a lie. I always say yes to a glass of wine}, he gathered a group of colleagues from the office to walk down to the Thames. If you haven’t noticed the theme yet, I had a glass of rose with a waterfront view including Tower Bridge to my left and St. Paul’s cathedral to my right.

I should have a photo here of the birthday crew, but I was too busy having fun.

I don’t usually like to make a big deal out of my birthday, but there was something special about my Appian colleagues making a big deal out of it for me. It’s moments like these that make leaving so hard to accept, but I’m building my repository of stories to share when I return back to the US and HQ.

For now it’s time to soak it all up and live my best AppianLife London edition while I can.

Gotta go! Mike Tan and I are on our way to Jenny Durina’s violin performance in a local orchestra near Angel station! #proudcoworkermoment

ICYMI: Week 1 Recap, Week 2 Recap, Week 3 Recap

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Published on Jul 2, 2018

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