~ B travels Europe ~

{ Something from the very beginning of B ~ running around Europe in 2013 with a ‘B’ }

Last month marked the 12 month anniversary since my first trip to Europe. Prior to this trip I had only been overseas a handful of times, mostly Bali and once to New Zealand. Prior to my departure my gorgeous Aunty found me a white, wooden letter ‘B’ to take with me. At that stage the ‘seed’ of Studio B and starting my own business had only just been planted, and everything was ‘on hold’ until I returned from my overseas experience. It was so incredible travelling with this intention in my mind, and I know that I saw the other side of the world in completely different eyes than what I would have if that seed had not yet been planted.

 

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My trip began flying over to London and having a few days there on my own ~ travelling alone is something I highly recommend to everyone. It is such an eye-opening experience and I really surprised myself at how well I accomplished and enjoyed it!! Anyway, a couple of days later I was on my flight to Belgium to meet up with some friends, and head to the most insane music festival in the world ~ Tomorrowland!

 

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Words cannot describe the next 5 days. That festival is completely out of this world, has had a significant impact on my life and I will absolutely be going back one day (hopefully 2015). I listen to music differently now, and any sound of dance music throws goosebumps across my entire body and brings tears to my eyes. I know it sounds strange, but until you’ve experience something to that level (250,000 people from different nationalities jumping to the same beat) you can’t really compare or begin to comprehend.

 

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Leaving Belgium was sad, as I had been so relaxed and comfortable spending time with the familiar faces of my friends. I headed back to London, and met up with my gorgeous friend Christie who was exploring the next exciting part of my trip with me.

 

 

 

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We had a couple of days in London exploring and then jumped aboard our Topdeck Tour Bus for a 22 day experience of a lifetime! We possibly would have been slightly more excited at this point if we hadn’t found that incredibly fun cocktail bar the night before and weren’t so god damn hungover. Yep, a churning stomach on a bus for hours = bad idea!! We quickly decided that that would not be happening again ha ha!

Our 22 day tour saw us exploring Paris, Nice, Switzerland, Florence, Rome, Venice, Croatia, Austria, Germany, Slovenia and Amsterdam! Beautiful wine, delicious food, incredible new friends, uncountable laughs, plenty of dancing, too many selfies, and a pretty stylish ‘stack’ on a bike tour later – we had absolutely had the time of our lives!!

It’s just the little things that you see and take in that will hopefully remain embedded in your mind for the rest of your days – the smell of ‘perfect’ in the air at the swiss alps, the feeling of a snow ball hitting you in the face for the first time, the richness of the French Riviera, the staleness of that weird dingy little pub in Prague, the feeling of a pebble ‘beach’ on your feet in Nice, the salty ocean you jumped into in Croatia, the sound of horse shoes on the cobble-stone streets in Ljubljana, the taste of your first beer in Berlin, the reflections of beautiful flowers on the canals in Amsterdam, and the peacefulness, balance and harmony on that incredibly perfect lake in Slovenia (Lake Bled).

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One aspect of my trip that I will never ever forget is carrying that timber white ‘B’ with me everywhere. Even my new friends were helping me setup fun photos with it, and pointing out “B’s” everywhere on signs, logos, flyers, graffiti, menus, trains and boats. It was during that trip when I would introduce myself as a ‘graphic designer about to start my own business’ that my dream developed further and further into a reality that I couldn’t wait to get home to!

 

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The design inspiration over there was absolutely incredible. The shop fronts and displays in the major stores in London, Paris, Rome and Verona were mind blowing! The contrast of such old beautiful buildings displaying modern crisp funky designs made me smile every single time.

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Surprisingly graphic design-wise, Amsterdam was by far the best inspiration ~ even the laundromats had beautifully crafted logos. I even discovered a gorgeous store that had been owned for many years by a lovely (and a little quirky) man who used antique letterpress machines to create prints and greeting cards! I was like a kid in a candy shop! Needless to say, I purchased a print of a beautiful ‘B’ from this inspirational man, and it proudly sits in my studio along with the timber white letter that was very much the Beginning of B!

 

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I can easily say that I reminisce on my adventure every single day, and without a doubt it is by far the best thing I have ever ever done ~ not only personally but also for my business and my creativity. I can’t wait to explore more of this amazing world, to open up my imagination even further, spark new creativity and remind me that anything is possible. Thank You Europe!

xx B xx

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