Everyone thinks of London when they think UK, but the UK has so much to offer outside of the city! For the last couple of days I have been working in Bournemouth, which is located along the southern coast. Arriving on Sunday when the weather was absolutely gorgeous, I tried to make the most of it by heading straight outside to walk about and explore.

We have a large office in Bournemouth, with prior and current teams of mine located here, so I wanted to make sure I was able to say hi to a few whilst here. I travelled in mid-afternoon on Sunday to leave ample time for one of those colleagues. Arriving at the station, the weather was still sunny and warm, so I walked over to the hotel I was staying at for the first evening. A small boutique hotel on a hill overlooking the park in the Centre of Bournemouth. It was an old building with an original lift to take you to your floor. The room was tiny and very basic, but it did the job.

I managed to catch up with a ex-Chicago, now-Bournemouth based JP colleague for the evening, walking along the beach and grabbing dinner, which was much appreciated and enjoyed.

The next day was training with the new group of graduates joining the company. It’s a great group they have, and very talented! Everything was hosted at the Marriott, a gorgeous beachfront hotel with the most
amazing views. When the day was over, I headed back down to the beach to grab dinner and enjoy the sounds of the waves crashing on the beach. A detoured walk back to the hotel took me through some wooded trails and quiet that was much needed. I could definitely live this life.

Day two was much the same, although shortened in order to get back to London at a reasonable hour. I think Bournemouth will definitely require another visit someday.