Where do I begin with describing the week that I’ve had?
The last few weeks have been simply remarkable. On the 12th I set off to start my journey down to London to work in Nic’s Westminster office for two days. Still rather new to trains, the journey down was an adventure. Venturing onto the Tube was a new experience, luckily I avoided rush hour! When I left the tube I began my short walk to Portcullis House to actually get into Parliament.
When I arrived and had been security cleared, Lawrence collected me to go up to Nic’s office. Lorraine- Nic’s office manager- was also present in London. Therefore, the three of us went for lunch before the collection of my Parliament pass- to allow me to go around Parliament without an escort.
Upon collection of my pass, it was time for my tour of the House of Commons library which was quite simply remarkable. My tour guide was also extremely good and I had a very interesting talk with her. The library was vast and quite breath-taking and somewhere I would really like to experience again.
After this, my tour guide helped me find the room I was looking for, for a talk by the library on changes to ESA. This was an interesting introduction and explanation of the system (which I furthered this week).
After this, Lawrence showed me where my hotel was so that I could leave my bags in my room. When we returned to Parliament, I joined Nic where he showed me where I needed to go in the morning. After this, I sat in the central lobby and took in the sights while Nic went to vote. We then attended a select committee meeting before we separated our own ways for the evening.
Just to explore London in the evening was remarkable. The last time I visited London was five years ago so I’d quite honestly forgotten how exquisite the sites really are. In fact I found myself walking and taking in the sites for over two hours before I returned to my hotel.