It felt like a completely different world peering through the glass revolving doors of Northcliffe House - home of some of the UK's most established newspapers. I was there for my internship at The Independent Online and was greeted on arrival by a bodyguard who asked to check my bag. The queue to reception was long but I waited patiently, watching the free stacks of newspapers diminish one by one. The woman at the check-in gave me a name badge next to the words “Work Experience” and phoned up to the Online Editor who would be meeting me upstairs in the atrium. I was directed towards the escalator and as I began to climb it I could see a wide panorama of businessmen and women, drinking coffee as they spoke intently to their colleagues. I felt like I was entering a new world of shiny glass walls and grandiose plants which perched in every corner of the illustrious building. Water ran off the marble walls in fountains and I couldn't help but think I was in some sort of interior rainforest. The tables glinted as if they were made up of a thousand tiny mirrors and I could smell freshly baked croissants coming from a nearby canteen. A stately glass elevator on my left was surrounded by journalists discussing the day's agenda. A spiral staircase lead up to the next floor and all the walls seemed to be made of more glass as I rotated my vision, stunned by the magnificence of it all. As clichéd as it sounds, I really did feel like I’d momentarily fallen into a Hollywood movie.
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