Inside with the Interns: Roxana Caia

Welcome to our newest series, ‘Inside with the Interns’, where you’ll hear first hand the experiences from the lovely, eager and hard-working individuals who come to work with us.

Our first post of the series starts of with Roxana who was our PR intern for August, we hope you enjoy it.

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Quite dramatic of me to start with ‘by the time you read this article, I will have already left’ but, alas, there comes a time in one’s life…

Never have I ever felt more grown up than I did when I moved to London for five weeks to complete my internship at Samphire this summer. The realisation dawned on me on a morning commute from my apartment in up-and-coming Brixton to our little office in the heart of Fitzrovia – I’ve always been a big city girl, I was born in Bucharest, Romania, so I am used to the buzz and noise of a capital city. And yet, the mere idea that I was on the tube at 9 am on my way to work in London, the most glorious city to ever exist, felt like a major badge of honour.

It’s funny thinking about it in retrospect, but I was actually nervous about what joining Samphire might feel like. Looking back, my expectations and fears feel rather delusional, bordering on The Devil Wears Prada stereotypes about a fast-paced industry that forgives nothing and no one. I had worked in PR before joining Samphire, a fact which the rational side of my brain was desperately trying to reiterate every time I felt myself panicking, and yet all the media talk about the stark differences between the North and South of England provided endless fuel to my panic fire. I was scared I wouldn’t be able to keep up with the rhythm of the city, that I would feel overwhelmed and stuck in a creative rut.

Having finished my five weeks at the agency, I can definitely attest the most valuable experience at Samphire has been proving myself wrong on all the demons I’d constructed prior to my arrival. It may sound underwhelming, but I can’t imagine what my post-graduation career prospects would have sounded like had I not taken the leap of faith of moving to London. There is something truly unique about the way things work around here, the expectations clients have of you, the breadth of profiling opportunities you have to choose from – in short, as cheesy as it may come across, there’s nothing quite as motivational as the endless possibilities that London seems to be offering you on the daily. I never thought I’d hear myself say this, but I am really looking forward to finishing my academic career and finally getting to work full time in this city, I have a feeling I will never get bored of it.

By the time you’re reading this, I will have returned to my UK home of Newcastle, up North. I am about to start my third (and final) year at Newcastle University, doing Media, Communications & Cultural Studies, and the thought of graduating is both terrifying and incredibly thrilling. At the end of the day, I may not have spent my ‘hot girl summer’ travelling around the world, but I actually feel that investing these few months off into my future career was perhaps one of the best decisions I have made in a long time. It turns out there’s life (and hope) after graduation, and I would have likely never known that without this valuable work experience.

Roxana Caia

Bank Holiday: Things to do and places to go

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There’s nothing more exciting than realising that there’s a bank holiday weekend on the horizon. The thought of turning off all your alarms, catching up on sleep or watching a box set or two, is a feeling that can’t be matched.

Although we’ve already had four bank holidays, arguably, the summer bank holiday trumps them all. It’s the weekend that hosts Europe’s biggest street party- Notting Hill Carnival, it’s the last break before the kids go back to school and if you’re a Christmas enthusiast then it means the countdown to the festivities are even more imminent.

However, the good news doesn’t end here because we are expected to have temperatures of up to 29 degrees! Can I get an Amen? Surely, this is even more of a reason to ditch the pj’s, the box sets and get out and about?

Well luckily for you we’ve compiled a list of things to do and go this bank holiday weekend.

Notting Hill Carnival

Notting Hill Carnival

Notting Hill Carnival

If you love to a good party then you’ll definitely not want to miss Britain’s biggest one yet! For two days only, the usually dormant streets of West London will be awoken by the music and parades of Notting Hill Carnival.  It’s a chance for everyone, young and old, to embrace the rich, vibrant and diverse Caribbean culture, from the music, to the food and the impressive colourful costumes.  Not to mention, the tropical weather expected, which means we’ll all get to experience the Caribbean right here in London.

When: 25-26th August

Where: Notting Hill, London

Price: Free

Squeg and Bonez

Squeg and Bonez

Squeg and Bonez

The carnival celebrations continue this weekend, with Squeg and Bonez celebrating the event with their very own Caribbean inspired vegan menu, along with two special-edition cocktails. So, if you’re looking for somewhere to eat on the 24th and 25th of August head down to the restaurant.

When: 24th-25th August

Where: 171 Mare St, London E8 3RH

Foodies Festival, Oxford

Chop Shop at The Foodies Festival, photo taken by @sophlouisep

Chop Shop at The Foodies Festival, photo taken by @sophlouisep

The UK’s biggest food festival returns to South Park, Oxford, after making the rounds in Bristol, Birmingham, London and Edinburgh. You can expect the day to be filled with live music, workshops (for adults and children), and of course top chefs to be in attendance, including MasterChef Finalist 2019 Delia Maria Asser.

When: 24th-26th August

Where: Oxford

Price: Children under 12 and dogs go free. Visit their website for ticket prices: https://foodiesfestival.com/oxford-food-festival/

The Big Feastival

The Big Feastival

The Big Feastival

Dubbed as ‘your go-to family festival’, the Big Festival ensures that every family member has a weekend to remember. The jam-packed itinerary includes live acts from the likes of Rudimental and Jess Glyme, as well as family favourites such as Peppa Pig and Paw Patrol. Aside from the entertainment, the festival has a line-up of top chefs, variety of food and activities to keep you all occupied.

When: 23rd-25th August

Where: Alex James’, The Cotswolds

Price: Visit the website for more details on single day and weekend tickets: https://thebigfeastival.com/tickets