I spent my first day in my new job at a new building today. Still undecided about what I think.
The building is stunningly space age with glass and steel everywhere, interspersed with funky time-out areas with modern looking furniture. The reception has palm trees and feels a bit like the inside of a giant glass castle. The River Thames flows past my window and the view beyond that is fascinating. If you watch the water for long enough it feels as if the building is drifting along.
Although it is so new and hi-tech, the air-con seems to be having a few problems, so that by the end of the day, everyone was roasting.
A place is made by its people though. There are a few familiar faces here, but not so many friendly ones so far. I think I will have to work my magic and warm up what feels like a slightly cold reception.
The prayer room is also not ready yet, so will have to think what to do. I wonder if I can get home in time to pray my noon prayer as the day is getting longer. Will have to see.
So for now I have a BIG SMILE pasted to my face and am rushing around trying to look busy at the same time as wondering how long it will take me to get home (three buses).