Welcome back to my Meet the Blogger series!
This week I’m happy to have Rose from Travel, Tea and Me as my ‘Meet the Blogger’. Rose is a blogger who enjoys travelling and as her blog name suggests, tea! Rose is such a lovely person and I hope you will all love her blog as much as I do.
1. Why did you decide to start writing a blog?
I was inspired at VidCon in 2014. I went with a friend who was thinking about doing a makeup vlog. I started thinking about doing a vlog too, maybe travel. Then I spent a semester abroad in London. I didn’t want to come home and I was thinking, “what would allow me to travel all the time?” Fast forward to February 2017 when I went to work with the Ringling Brothers circus and started travelling all over the United States. I was in a different city every week. I figured that was the perfect time to start a blog. My first goal was just to share my experiences and maybe some tips to help other travellers. Moving forward I’m hoping to create video blogs (vlogs), which was the original inspiration from Vidcon and monetize my blog so it also becomes a source of income.
2. What’s been your number 1 most exciting experience whilst travelling?
Sitting in the middle of Devil’s bridge. It is about an hour away from the Grand Canyon. I went with a group of friends from work. It took us an hour hiking uphill to get to Devil’s bridge and then another thirty minutes climbing up the natural rock staircase. I like being high up, but in a safe place where I’m not worried that one misstep will lead to death. So, I was not going to walk out on the “bridge”. That was not the plan, but my friends kept saying, “You have to do it.” Somehow, I ended up going out first! Devil’s Bridge is about six feet wide. At first, I walked confidently, but I didn’t feel safe. So, I crawled out to the middle and sat down for a picture. I guess sometimes peer pressure can be a good thing. It was an awesome experience and made for a cool photo!
3. What did you enjoy most during your semester in London?
Is it terrible to say everything? I am a see the sites, touristy kind of person, in places I’ve never been before. I had always wanted to go to London, so I was super excited. I bought a Rick Steves guide book because I wanted to see all the things! I watched the changing of guards at Buckingham Palace. I visited every museum – most of them were free. All them were incredible. I went to National Gallery four or five times. That said, I also really liked those days when I sat and painted in Hyde park. It made me feel like a local. Lastly, I met a wonderful group of girls that I’m still friends with today.
4. What’s your number one favorite city to visit?
In the United States my favorite is New York City. I like the busyness. It makes you feel like you’re doing something even if you’re standing still. Central Park is my favorite spot.
Outside of the US I would have to say Rome (so far). I’m really interested in architecture and ancient history. So, Rome was a great city explore. The water to the famous Trevi Fountain comes from the Acqua Vergine aqueduct built in 19 B.C. The Colesseum was built around 70-80 AD. It sounds cliché, but when I was walking around it made me feel like I had stepped back in time. Everyone knows that the food is amazing, but the water there tastes great too. They have public drinking fountains all over the city called Nasone (which literally means “large nose”). The water is constantly flowing which keeps it cool and clean.
5. What’s the most unusual food you’ve found on your travels?
I have a couple of co-workers from China. They eat these Durian flavored candies. Durian fruit is famously smelly (a lot of people would just say it’s gross). If I smell them first I cannot eat them, but if I just pop them in my mouth they taste good.
6. Do you like things to be carefully planned or do you prefer to just go with the flow? Why?
As free flowing and quirky as I am I have started to plan things more. I used to be very spontaneous, but I usually have to make reservations for Afternoon Tea. So, I find myself planning my day around that reservation. There are still plenty of days when I just look up local attractions and go, but If there’s something I want to do that costs money (like Disneyworld or a Broadway Play) I make plans.
7. What’s your secret talent? Making tiny hats?
Whatever talents I have aren’t really secret. I’m not trying to hide them (ha ha). I’m fairly artsy. I draw. I paint. I also make tiny hats.
8. What’s the weirdest thing you’ve found lying on the ground/at the side of the road?
I can’t say I’ve found anything really weird. I found a $20 bill one time. That doesn’t happen every day. I also saw teddy bear on the ground with one eye and no legs. So sad. I love teddy bears.
9. What country would you most like to visit that you’ve not yet been to?
Japan. It’s been on the top of my bucket list for years. Growing up I read a lot of Japanese comic books and have been a little obsessed with the food, Harajuku and culture in general ever since. China would be a close second, since I took Chinese in high school and college.
10. What always cheers you up when you’re having a bad day?
Talking to my boyfriend and eating chocolate.
11. What’s the oldest thing you own?
A Raggedy Ann doll that belonged to my mom when she was little.
12. And finally, what destinations are you heading to in the near future?
I’m currently working on the Marvel Universe Live tour so my travel plans are set through March 2019. They are all US cities. Next up is Cincinnati, Ohio and then Columbus, Ohio.