Once upon a time during my undergraduate education, I studied a semester abroad in London (see above for photographic evidence). Being that London is rather closer to a good deal more countries of note than New York City (sorry Canada), my classmates and I would dart around Europe on spare weekends, when we weren't frequenting Portobello Road or day-tripping at Brighton Beach. Ah, the difficulties of college life.
I knew that my travels abroad would widen my perspective, enrich my cultural sensibilities, and, most importantly, impress people at dinner parties. But I did not anticipate how often I would enjoy discovering the bond of travel. This is the bond you share with a completely random person who has also visited or lived in a far-flung place you have experienced firsthand, a person who lights up when you talk about her or his home country, or can't believe that you've also been to that small town in England/ South Africa/ Iceland (fine, I haven't been to the latter two yet...).
Forging these bonds of travel is one of the many things I have to look forward to when I work at City Headshots. I knew before working here that New York was a cosmopolitan city, but I have been delighted by the conversations I've had with my clients about their worldliness. This week alone I've chatted with a woman who will visit her native roots in Israel this summer, another woman who just got back from Brussels, and a third who lives in Miami, but grew up in Barcelona. I've never been to Israel or Brussels, but as soon as this third woman said "Barcelona," I immediately replied, "omigodreallyILOVETHATCITY!"
Boom. Travel Bond.
We swapped Barcelona stories and asked Barcelona questions as we went into the elevator and walked to our spot for her outdoor shots. "When did you visit? How long were you there? The Gaudi architecture is to die for. Did you visit La Sagrada Familia? I would kill for some Granizado de limón auténtico right now..." Her zest for her native city and country made me yearn, as all travel bonds do, to get out there and see more of the world so I could have more conversations with more people just like this.
Oh, it's gonna happen. Soon. And when I get back, I'll bond with you over Reykjavík.
Be sure to comment below or tweet us @mjbhomeent -- especially about your travels!
x Lee Ann