When I left for the Cart Marking, I had no idea what I was walking into. Earlier that morning Michael just told us to swing by the Guildhall around 11 for an event that was going on, and that was all the context I received. When I arrived I was a bit shocked to see masses of nicely dressed people sitting and intently watching this process take place. I really had no clue as to what was going on at first. I was basically watching a vehicle (ranging from antique cars to horse & carriages) drive up to this tent where all the Alderman of the city were sitting, then one of them would brand a wooden plank on the vehicle and they would drive off. After the confusion faded and I made some sense of what was going I got more intrigued. It was interesting to see all these old vehicles drive through the Guildhall courtyard. I've included a few of my pictures below, but if you would like to see more then just click here to read about the tradition and learn more.
The work assignments I received this week were nothing exciting so to avoid boredom I'm not going to bother writing about them. However, my week got much more exciting on Friday when I made my way off to Stansted airport for a flight to Barcelona, Spain. The family I'm staying with while I'm in London has a vacation home in a coastal town just outside of Barcelona so they graciously invited me for the weekend. Spain has such a relaxed culture so this has been a lovely weekend here. The cultural differences between the UK and Spain are very noticeable. It's nice to escape from what I've become used to and spend a few days in a beautiful country with a completely different feel to it. The relaxed culture has inspired me to make this an incredibly short post, so hopefully, these photos I've provided below make up for the mediocre length of this post.