Hello from London!
Life is full of changes, and finally landing in London has been a big change given my experiences during the first half of the year. While Vienna and Croatia were more about getting settled in my new life and exploring - London is about pursuing creative opportunities in a more serious fashion. I'm not expecting it to be all fun and games, because learning new things and challenging myself can be difficult. However, it's all part of the journey!
Saying goodbye to Zagreb was bittersweet, given the lockdown, earthquake, and subsequent re-opening of stores, restaurants, and travel. I was ready to go, but the opportunity below was presented to me before I left:
I spent the last few nights in Zagreb at the Esplanade Hotel. This luxury hotel has a rich history. Built in 1925, it served as a stop-over palace for the wealthy, famous people who traveled from Instanbul, Turkey to Paris, France on the Orient Express. Some of the notables who have stayed here are Charles Lindbergh, Vivien Leigh, Richard Nixon, Nikita Khrushchev, Alfred Hitchcock, Louis Armstrong, and Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones!
When I returned to my room on the first night, I found a note on my bed. The hotel manager wanted to know if I wanted to be interviewed by Goran Milic - a journalist with Croatia Radiotelevision and Al Jazeera. Here is the portion of his show where he interviewed me!
Plitvice Lakes National Park
This is an experience I'll never forget! Plitvice Lakes National Park is one of the most beautiful places in Croatia! Or maybe the world! It is one of the oldest and largest national parks in Croatia - located near the border of Bosnia and Herzegovina. My guide and I visited the park shortly after the coronavirus lockdown was lifted, so there were few tourists and we pretty much had the park to ourselves! Given that over 1 million visitors are recorded each year, it was a rare opportunity to experience the breathtaking lakes and waterfalls with no crowds.
Well, this London bridge (known as the Golden Jubilee Bridge) is not falling down, but it certainly is empty! The coronavirus lockdown was pretty much in full force when I arrived, so the streets were very empty. Walking across this bridge with no people is a rare (and probably once in a lifetime) event.
Work.Life in Camden Town
I loved my co-working space in Vienna (Talent Garden) and Zagreb (BizCoworking), so finding one in London was a must! So here I am at Work.Life in Camden Town. Like the others, there is a cool vibe here - although not quite as full of people as before Covid. But even still, I've met really nice people at each space.
There are a few reasons why being in a co-working space is important to me. First of all, it creates some structure in my life and gives me somewhere to go each day. Second, I work on this newsletter and also my other social media accounts like Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube. Finally, there are tremendous networking opportunities. Everyone is friendly and wants to network, so meeting others is easy. Given my passion for creativity and fun through acting, voiceover, or any other media forms, this is where I need to be!
The summer is now well underway, and we'll have to see how the continued re-opening unfolds. London is known for their pubs and restaurants, so they are finally allowed to re-open on July 4th.
The next event to happen is the re-opening of live theater. I'm not sure I'll be able to see a show in the next few months, but I'm not giving up hope. I didn't think I'd see Split, Croatia either, but things can change and you never know. But what I wouldn't give to see Dear Evan Hanson, and maybe Hamilton - for a second time!
Thanks for following along! Stay safe and healthy everyone!
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