Before I started my new role, I was told that I will be thrown into the deep end. After last night’s W+K cruise - that was definitely an understatement. Firstly, I have never been on a boat, so I really did feel like a fish out of water (no pun intended). And countless hours spent watching Rosie and Jim had led me to believe that boats moved quite slowly and steadily, so when I initially boarded the boat, I was caught off guard by the rocking. Yet after stepping into the interior of the boat, and being greeted by a bar with open arms, I wasted no time indulging in a few pints of beer.
I enjoyed chatting to other members of the W+K team on board, amid the backdrop of inflatable palm trees, sharks and bananas. The setting was reminiscent of Jeff Koons and his 1979 inflatable series, and I loved it. I ended up getting to know several new faces, and in all, I am glad that I met so many wonderful people yesterday. It really confirmed to me that I have chosen the right career path. When we arrived at our destination, I followed the crowd and found myself having an insightful conversation about the beautiful game of football. I can talk for England, when it comes to football - it’s a shame I can’t play for them. So it was great to meet some likeminded people that felt the same way.
I have grown up in London and until last night, I felt I had seen all there is to my home city. Yet experiencing the boat tour, on the Thames, offered me a fresh perspective on London, and it was an unforgettable experience. I can now gladly tick ‘Travel on a boat’ off my to-do-list.
By Joshua Okungbaiye