London, United Kingdom
Anastasiya, 31
MBA Student
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What do you do and why do you do it?

I am currently studying for my MBA.

What’s the worst job you’ve ever had and why was it so effing bad?

I guess I lucked out - pretty happy about each of my past jobs. I have had a terrible boss once, though, which was an interesting challenge in itself.

Were you born and raised in London? If not, where did you grow up and what brought you to London?

I've lived in several countries prior to coming to the U.K. and spent a great deal of time in New York, where I did a lot of my growing up. I then moved to U.K. to study for my masters and began to get better acquainted with London. I absolutely love how multi-cultural it is and how it seamlessly combines the history-rich with the new and innovative.

What’s your current hood in London and what’s the best/worst thing about it?

I love Shoreditch because it reminds me in many ways of downtown NYC and it always has many great new spots to visit. I am also a big fan of SoHo for the endless selection of great restaurants, live music and great bars, all within walking distance from one another.

What kind of music do you listen to and what kind of music do you absolutely HATE?

I absolutely love music, particularly live music. I listen to just about everything, but my favorites tend to be classical, jazz and rock.

You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?

Chet Baker is just fantastic choice all around, for any occasion.

Name the best TV shows of all time, and what makes them so good?

Doctor Who, 30 Rock and Arrested Development.

Where do you go in London for a casual night out?

Because areas of London are so different, this would highly depend on what you want to be doing that particular night. SoHo is a pretty good choice if you aren't sure exactly what you're looking for.

Where would you go in London to celebrate some freaking good news?

One of the many Michelin starred restaurants for a tasting menu!

What’s your choice of transportation in London and why?

Uber and Tube

What are the London spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?

Big Ben - it is so iconic and I absolutely love the view from across the river!

What are the London spots tourists should run from screaming?

I have never been a big fan of Madame Tussauds.

Tomorrow’s your last day in London. How do you spend it?

I'd brave the queue and take a ride on the London Eye, take a stroll down the river and grab an afternoon tea somewhere with a great view.

What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?

I absolutely love to travel so it is really hard to choose just one! However, NYC is one of my all-time favorites - it is incredbily international and dynamic, you can get anything at any time of day, and there are a million things to do at all times. I also really loved Sevilla for the delicious wine and tapas, live flamenco and the cobble-stone, twisty streets packed with beautiful architecture.

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