The only country outside of the U.S. that I have traveled to is Nicaragua....until about a month ago.
I walked into work one morning and sat down at my desk, preparing for the day ahead. I was just finishing up a post for the Free People internal blog when my boss walked over to me. I did the normal "wassup", and she immediately asked me if I had a passport. I responded positive, and her next question was..."Do you want to go to the UK tomorrow?"
The next 24 hours, and I can maybe even go as far saying the next week, was so hard for me to process. I got home from work that day and had to pack for a week long stay in Cornwall. I don't have much experience with worldly travel at all, so everything on this trip was new to me. The long hours in the air, money exchange, food, architecture, people, accents; all new. I had never been on a work trip since being hired at Free People, so I was pretty stoked to hop across the pond with a few members from the marketing team. The purpose of the trip was to spread word about the Free People brand throughout Cornwall, with hopes of the talk carrying to other parts of the UK. We have a showroom based in London, but no stores have been opened yet.
I went along to document everything for the blog. So pictures, on top of pictures, on top of pictures. I have never worked so much in my life. From media events, to long days parked in the VW camper at the beach, to putting together posts at 3 am to go live back in the U.S., I was beyond beat.
But the amount of things I learned about myself on this trip was monumental for me. I had two favorite moments: One) Taking 20 minutes to walk up the cliffs at Polzeath Beach with myself and my camera. I looked around, and the beauty of the landscape almost slapped me in the face. And two) Sitting on the airplane, about to take off to London from Philly, and realizing that in that moment, my dream up until that point had come true-Landing a job at Free People and getting to travel and take pictures for the company that I have worshipped for so many years. I think I cried a little.