Recently, I found a job posting for a position at Lonely Planet that would be located in London, England. As if the premise of going abroad didn’t pull me in enough, within seconds, the job description almost had me in tears of excitement (and confusion as to how someone knew me that perfectly).
Then I’m sitting there wondering, how do I show them I’m the one for this job? How do I prove that I am a perfect fit for it? How do I show them the way I feel about this job opportunity in just a Cover Letter and CV? Well, I’m going 150% in on this one because I have never found something that more perfectly describes me than this.
So then I’m getting excited and thinking, what if I get to go to London? What if this is my next trip abroad? The next step in my international, life journey and the step that paves the way for me to keep following my true dreams. Maybe it’s not my advertising or Spanish degree, but it’s writing about travelling and people and events and THOSE are my true, down to the core passions. To see how others live, live like others live, experience new cultures, immerse myself in a new lifestyle, converse with people completely different than me, and truly get out of my comfort zone to see why other people are comfortable in theirs.
Now, here I am, planning what I’d do in London outside of working for a company that is my essence and that perfectly depicts my goals in life. I’d of course go to the Tower of London, especially for the Crown Jewels and to see the scaffold where two of Henry VIII’s wives were beheaded. When travelling, one thing I love to do is be in the presence of or stand where historic figures once stood. Just taking a moment to breathe it all in – forget any current matters and take yourself back in time. The feeling of standing where so much power and determination once stood, the reminiscent air that engulfs you, that place, and that land…it’s indescribable.
Another must-do on my list is the London Eye (one of the tallest Ferris Wheels in the world), where you can see a 360 degree view of all of London from a glass-enclosure. (On my list because 1) London and 2) cityscapes are a quarter of the reason I fall in love with places.) Of course, one can’t forget Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. I tend to have a little obsession with clocks, so Big Ben has caught my eye for years. Next on my list would be to visit Buckingham Palace and to see the changing of the guards. I couldn’t imagine being at the palace that the Queen and royal family still use today. Now, just to get invited inside to a luncheon or banquet…
Winston Churchill’s Cabinet War Rooms. This concept in itself is absolutely unreachable to me, but how cool (cool is completely downplaying this), but how cool to be where the cabinet secretly met and conversed during World War II. To finish off my list of what I’d do first in London (we all know there’s a second and a third and a fourth and so on), I would go to Westminster Abbey and attend a Sunday service, then go see the Poets’ Corner (where some of the most amazing poets and writers are buried) and The Lady Chapel.
‘All you’ve got to do is decide to go and the hardest part is over. So go!’ – Across Asia on the Cheap, Lonely Planet
That’s it. I’m going.