What’s Up With Me

Waking up at 4am.

You have to question yourself when you wake up at 4:30am ready to get up and go when you have no morning-clock-in time.   This early morning rise and shine has been the a frequent occurrence now since 2012.  My family use to freak out if I was ever up before 9am.  I remember the first time I called my Dad to “chat” around 7:30 in the morning and he freaked out thinking something was wrong.  I attribute not being a “morning person” to being in your twenties, living a party life style and a bartender, at least for me.  My Dad has always expressed how important and beautiful mornings are, and it is a proven fact that your brain functions better in the morning hours, but it wouldn’t be until turning 30 that I would ever realize that for myself.  When Jamie and I started the photography business is when I had to “grow up” and start my mornings far earlier, I quickly learned to love it. The sunset is great, but a good sunrise after a good night’s sleep has become one of my favorite parts of many of my days these days.  I still like to nap when the opportunity presents itself, so I’m not that “grown up” I guess. I still bartend sometimes too, so its inevitable, a nap can be a necessary thing some days too.  Most mornings I like to hit the ground running, even if its to just hop out of bed and get on my computer to write.  When my eyes open my thoughts start immediately with ideas, things I want to create, to do, to say and to share.  This morning I want to share with you what I’ve been up to for the past few months and all the exciting things I have coming up too.

Kelby and I tied the knot on April 6th…more pics of the wedding to come…

We followed that up with a 9 day honeymoon to Belize.  The entire experience was incredible.

I plan to blog about all of that amazingness later.

One thing that has been on the cusp of happening for a while now was a little work-life change.  I’ve been assisting at the studio since the pub closed and also working a few bar shifts at the music venue close to home.  Both very part time and it definitely freed up some time for me to finally learn my camera.  Yes, I’ve been involved with photography for years, but I’ve never been a shooter until recently after a long talk with my best friend who is a successful portrait and wedding photographer.  During our conversation I was itching to do something I’m passionate about, anything creative, I was so bored and very lost feeling, I was without direction.  I’ve always been a creative person, and that is what truly fuels my fire, but I wasn’t creating anything at the time.  I found myself with a lot of free time over the winter, and winter is depressing enough, I was in a funk.  The studio nor the bar was busy for the holidays, the nature of both industries, so I finally picked up my camera.  Something Jamie, my sister and head photographer at The Adore Girls and Steph, Shines Photography, have encouraged me to do for a long time now.  I didn’t know how I would feel when I started to learn the camera, but what I did know is that it’s always been something I could “see” myself doing, I have great teachers at my disposal, I know more about photography than most beginners, and its creative so why not give it a shot.  I’m so glad I did, it came quite naturally actually.  Now it’s May 1st, I’ve made a couple of sales in portraiture, I’ve purchased a brand new camera, and  the future is looking brighter and brighter every day…through the lens.

I had to pump the breaks a little right after I started shooting.  I had the wedding and honeymoon to focus on.  I knew when I got back from my honeymoon I would have to make a change with my bar schedule, but I wasn’t exactly sure how I was going to make that happen.  After all, money is money, and we all need at least a little to live.  Enter back into my life, The Adore Girls.  I had gone back to the studio in July of 2016, but only to assist shoots and mostly on Mondays and Saturdays.  Going back felt like second nature, but Jamie and I also had to tread lightly around my return, we are sisters, and after 60 hour work weeks together from 2012 to 2015 we almost ruined our sisterly love for each other, so returning had the potential of being tricky.  This time around though we have a much better grasp on my strengths and weaknesses and where Jamie can use my strengths the most.

The universe works in mysterious ways.

When I got back from Belize Jamie and I had a long talk about my future.  She offered me more work for the studio, marketing.  I love marketing.  I didn’t know marketing or understand anything about it until Jamie and I started the business back in 2012.   It was one aspect that I really loved, its creative.

When I left the studio the first time I went back to the bar and took my passion for marketing with me. Though I didn’t know at first that I would be using what I had learned at the studio, at the bar.  I even loved marketing beer, which I don’t love and cheeseburgers, that oh I do.  HA!  Unfortunately, and as the universe would have it the pub closed, not because I am terrible at marketing, lol, but the property was purchased by Vanderbilt University and thus it was time to lock up the old doors to that location.  I stayed on with the company for as long as I could, but shortly after relocating to a new location I realized that it wasn’t where I was meant to be anymore.  Square one again.  It left me feeling lost, but also led me to where I am today.  I’ll spare you all the details of working in the new bar where I’ve been just slinging drinks and playing no other role, but let’s just say, I’m a good bartender, but I like the business side too, and they have that under control…

Moving Forward.

Moving forward I can now help Jamie with marketing for the studio and still get to travel, ummmm dream job!  This will also allow me time to get my own photography off the ground.  I have one more long trip with Steph out west coming up and a few short ones over the summer, but I couldn’t be happier to make changes back to what I love.  I’m hoping to throw in a bar shift or two in the mix when it’s possible, but for now, I’m happily accepting living on a tighter budget for the freedoms that will come with both of my “new” jobs.

Meet The Adore Girls. 

Many of you are aware of The Adore Girls and have followed much of the journey of creating this studio with my very own big sister leading the way.  But for those of you that don’t here’s the link to the website and what our women’s photography is all about.  The Adore Girls.  We are in the business of making women look like Victoria’s Secret models. 😉  Ladies, if you’ve ever considering having a boudoir give us a shout or you can fill out our contact form here.

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I’ll be blogging away over on The Adore Girls Blog so if you want to follow me over there you can find me here.

Lucid Linds Photography and Creative Studio.

As far as my own photography goes, I’ll be shooting everything I can point my camera at except boudoir, that stays in the studio via The Adore Girls.  So far I’ve snapped a few kiddos, high school seniors, realtor head shots, a few pets, some cool wildlife (aka a freaking crocodile in the wild), a small wedding and some of Kelby and the band.  I’ve even been published already in an article on Whiskeyriff.com *cough cough* It helps who you know, or may be married to.

I’m working on getting my website up, but for now you can follow my work on Instagram at:   @Lucidlinds

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My Facebook business page: Lucid Linds Photography and Creative.

When I get back from my trip I’m going to run a friends and family special so keep an eye out for that if you are looking for a photog. 😉

You can also email me at:  Lucidlindsstudio@gmail.com for booking rates.

Here is a slew of my favorite shots so far:

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With so much creativity pumping,

Lindsey

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Mountains Up

It was a spur-of-the-moment trip that will top my lists of favorite travels possibly forever.  Kelby was nearing the end of his long six week break from the road and I have been working very little since the studio and the music venue that I work for are both a little slow over the holidays and the beginning of the new year. Slightly antsy and a little bored on a Saturday afternoon, I called my best friend, Steph living in Truckee, CA to see if she would be home and wanted some last minute guests for a few days.  Steph and her soon-to-be husband recently bought a house in Truckee and she had been anxiously awaiting us to get out there, and hopefully before her summer wedding and in between Kelby’s heavy work travel and her own traveling photography business.  To our delight the timing just worked out, everyone was off and we just happened to have plenty of Southwest points to get us there.  It would be a little bit of a risk jumping on a plane to head to a place that had been pummeled by snow for several days prior to our departure, but we decided to take our chances.

We had no real itinerary, just football and playing in the snow…and of course photography.  Kelby and I both have been teaching ourselves the craft of DSLR cameras and Stephanie is a professional and the owner of Shines Photography  willing to give us a few lessons while we were visiting too.  Stephanie will also be my wedding photographer so who better to snap a few snowy engagement pics while we were there.

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More to come from this shoot with  Shinesphotography.net
We arrived in the evening after the sun had set over the mountains and for once Kelby and I were traveling to a place that I had been and he had not (a never before occurrence).  We had a dinner at a place called Cottonwood, and over a bottle of wine and deliciously filling grub, we caught up and talked about our plans for the next two days.  We finished with a night cap at a local dive bar ironically named The Tourist Club.  Then it was off to bed so we could wake up early with the sunrise in this world-reknowned mountain town and witness all its grandeur.

Our first morning was full of awe and appreciation.  I dolled up a little for our engagement pictures, we layered up for warmth and packed up our camera gear.  Stephanie drove us around to a few of her favorite spots to shoot near Donner Lake.

We also hiked back inside a park over a little river and in Steph’s neighborhood on a bridge to get some more sweet engagements pictures.  The clouds were hovering over the mountain tops and Steph was beside herself with anticipation for the moment when the clouds would clear and we could really see how “in the mountains” we were.  Kelby and I laughed as we trekked through 4+ feet of snow in our not-so-snow gear and when Steph instructed us to “cuddled and look in love”  we had no problem curling up to stay warm and show the camera how much fun we were already having.  After a coffee stop warm up and a few more pics the clouds were still hanging tight at the tops so we called it stops and got back home for football and chili time. The Packers were playing the Cowboys in the playoffs and this was to be a game both Steph and Kelby really wanted to watch.

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Steph might be a Packers fan, I can never really tell with her?
The rest of Day 1 was filled with wine, homemade chili, a beer or twelve, football, and some rivalry between Kelby, the Dallas fan and Steph, the…ummm Packers fan?.  After the game we had a few buzzed relay races in the hilariously deep snow and played in it like kids.

We concluded the evening with some rounds of the game HEADS UP, that was some of the most hilarious shit I have ever heard.  Girls against boys, I couldn’t tell you who actually won, but one example of Kelby giving Jeff hints was “She sucks, she has lots of sisters, she’s married to Kanye West, she got robbed in Paris…”  Jeff’s answer…”I have no clue, PASS!”  Haaaaaa, I love that Jeff had no idea who Kim Kardashian is.  Classic.

The next day was our day of real adventure.  We basically had our own personal adventure guide with Steph.  We got up around 7am, discussed how strange it was that we weren’t hungover, ate a huge breakfast, packed up all of the snowshoeing and camera gear, and headed for Brockway Summit Trail , (8,990′) elevation.  As we made our way the sun started to peek out of the clouds.

There are no words for the scenery we witnessed that day.  If you haven’t been to the Tahoe area you need to get yourself there, and I suggest going when there is snow, it was absolutely amazing.  We pulled up and Steph said, “ok we are going up there” as she pointed across the street and up a huge mountain side.  Kelby and I had never snowshoed, we have hiked, but never up the side of a mountain like this, especially a mountain covered in so much snow.  We strapped into our snowshoes, and headed up.  Every 5 feet it felt like one of us stopped to take pictures.

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When we reached the top, and on one side we were above the clouds and the otherside over looked Lake Tahoe.  Again, no words.

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I was reluctant on my ability to be graceful on the way back down.  We chose to not follow the path back down the mountain side and instead we would make our own “trail”, and tromped through several feet of untouched powder.  This ended up being my favorite part. So fun!

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After our insanely beautiful hike we headed to the Lake Tahoe shoreline so Kelby could see how pristine and clear the lake water is.

Afterwards we found a great Mexican place for afternoon margaritas and lunch before heading to Rainbow Bridge that sits above Donner Lake.

We then made our way back towards the house.  We had one more adventure in mind before the sun would set.  In Steph’s neighborhood there is another small summit we wanted to get to to watch the sun go back down.  I don’t consider myself the most in shape girl in the world, however, I am pretty active, but by this point my legs were starting to slow down.  Nonetheless the excitement of watching the sunset in such an extordinary place and getting to strap on those snowshoes again kept me going.  Speechless, yet again.

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Back down the last mountain of the day, threw the trees, and it felt like we were on another planet.

 

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Needless to say our last full day in Truckee was one for the books and left me feeling like the luckiest girl in the world, yet again.  To have the opportunities to see places like this and experience them with my best friend and my own soon-to-be husband is, for lack of better words, like winning the life lottery.

We don’t have bottomless pockets, but for some reason we are exceptionally lucky with opportunities to travel and see the world all the while with good friends, and jobs that allow it to be.

 

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Nothing beats a bestfriend who loves adventure

One last dinner at a pizza joint at NorthStar resort and then we were asleep by ten pm.  What an amazing trip.  The weather was intense right before we arrived and literally started again the day after we got home.

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Mother Nature gave Kelby and I a pass to get out there, have an amazing time, take some unbelievable photographs, some photography lessons from Steph, spend time with our great friends, Steph and Jeff, experience snowshoe/hiking and really reset before the new year gets on its way.  What a great trip to start the year that both Steph and I will be married, and Kelby’s first major U.S. headlining tour, The Black Roses Tour, with The Cadillac Three.  

SIDE NOTE:  Steph and I will also be “on tour” later this year too.  HA!  Celebrating our big year with a girl’s trip in May (our own unconventional “bachelorette party”, just us two on the open road for a week or so traveling through the west visiting Yosemite, Bodi and whatever else we get into…so stay tuned).  Our last solo road trip was in 2013 down the PCH and was so awesome we made a music video: —>  White Girl Party  *beware of epic fashion sense and lengendary dance moves*

A HUGE THANK YOU to Jeff and Steph (and Brody girl) for hosting us and showing us the stunningly gorgeous place they call home.

There will be more engagement pictures from Shines Photography coming soon!  To contact or connect with Steph’s work and all of her travels and adventures click the links below:

Website:  Shinesphotography.net

Facebook:  facebook.com/ShinesPhotography

Instrgram:  @Shinesphotography

With so much gratitude and gratefulness,

Lindsey

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It’s Cold and Mysterious in the U.K.

Buildings centuries upon centuries old, ancient historical sites, gray skies as imagined, labyrinthine streets, soul-soothing hot tea, odd cuisine, thickset accents, drizzling rain and meat in their pies.  I just got back from a week and a half trip with Kelby and the band in the U.K. and here is my not-so-brief recap…this shall serve as my journal as well, otherwise I may forget something I may never do again.

(For those of you looking for pictures/videos and a short description of my trip it went something like this;  climb out of my bunk, figure out what day it is and what city I was in, find breakfast, drink hot tea to warm my hands, walk the streets of the city, maybe shop a little or find something old to see, snap pictures, Kelby goes to sound check, I nap, dig through my suitcase, find the hotel or the green room shower, get dinner, get ready, pre-show cocktail or two on the bus while listening to music to amp up the guys before the show, be lead through 45 doors and 7 staircases, down 4 hallways to the stage, watch the guys rock the very attentive faces of 1000’s of U.K. fans in historic theaters and music venues, feel the energy of the shows, be very impressed by all I witnessed, after show drinks or pizza and wake up and do it all over again the next day.)  You may now proceed to skip the details and watch videos and scroll my pics if you so wish… *throat clear* Dad.  Ha!

In reference to the very attentive crowds, Kelby compared it to, “playing in a coffee house that holds 1000+ people”.  The crowds sang every word to every song at every show. Hanging on the last verse, then between songs, the fans stood quietly waiting for the next power-driven riff.  The fans were there for the music and the voltaic showmanship of the band.  I was proud of Kelby and all of his and the band’s hard work, excited to see the guys and crew play to crowds they so much deserve.  To be a part of this was, for lack of better words…pretty badass.

 

Here’s the lengthier version of my trip to the U.K. on the first leg of the Don’t Forget the Whiskey Tour for you word readers out there.

Why the title you ask? Well for starters we left 80 degree weather here in Nashville for cold and rainy days and nights in England and Scotland. The “mysterious” part…well that’s a reference to finding a bathroom across the pond. The British call restrooms plain old toilets and to find your way to any of them they are down a hall, through a door, through another door, maybe down some steps, or perhaps up some steps and probably through another door. We searched for heat, breakfast, a good shower, wifi, and toilets on most of the trip, but I’m not saying my trip was at all lackluster, I had a fabulous time and I feel endlessly grateful and lucky to get to take such trips with amazing people and my favorite person in the world. To experience parts of the world that I never thought I would see with my own two eyes, I feel very fortunate.

Day 1;  after checking approximately 25 bags at BNA we headed to Atlanta for our connecting flight to London, 7 hours later we arrived in the gray cold city of London.  It was 8:30 am, the bus picked us up at the airport, we loaded up and headed to a parking garage under the streets of London to sleep before heading to Manchester that night.  Kelby and I napped that afternoon and evening in London then woke up to walk around and find dinner.  London reminded me of an older version of New York City and San Francisco riddled with winding streets and rain puddles.  In London they are kind enough to paint which way to look, “Look Right” or “Look Left” at the crosswalks for those of us who would otherwise look the wrong way and become roadkill. I held tight to Kelby’s hand on this trip, as I do most of our trips…he reads the maps, leads the way and is basically my personal tour guide who deals quite well with my traveling anxiety.

Day 2, Manchester, England.  We woke up to the sun shining which was a pleasant surprise.  Every morning of the trip the first thing I did after climbing out of my top bunk was pop into the back lounge of the bus and pull the shades to see where I was.  On tour they drive through night so each morning you wake up in a different place.

As Kelby and I exited the bus the first day in Manchester, there was already a fan outside waiting for autographs.  That’s dedication, it was only 11am, the show wasn’t until 9pm.img_2784

I generally don’t sleep as much as I did over there, but we were all out of whack, so lunch came in the form of breakfast most days.  We found our way to a Starbucks for wifi in order to find an all day breakfast place.  With the suggestion of some locals we found a delicious little spot called the Teacup Kitchen. img_3167fullsizerender-22

After Breakfast we did a little shopping in a cool old 3 story building with vintage flea market booths and shops full of art, antiques and vintage clothing.  It was cold…did I mention that already?  It wasn’t any colder really than it gets here in the winter, but I wasn’t ready for it, I stayed layered up and wrapped in my giant scarf and beanie on head for most of the trip.  img_2790 After taking in a little of Manchester, we headed back to check out the venue, scope the green room’s shower and prepare for the first night of the tour.

Rumor had it that the green room shower was sufficient with hot water so I tried it out that night, I failed at working the contraption they called a shower and took an extremely short shower trying to wash the most important parts in intervals of scalding hot and freezing cold water bursts.  The glamorous life of touring musicians is a false perception in some aspects.  However they do treat you nice and keep you stocked with booze.

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The crowd was fantastic and it looked like everyone had fun including the band.  There was a cute little canal behind the venue near the backstage door where I fed some geese some bread before the show.  Nerd alert.

I guess my excitement got the best of me that night, after the show and keeping true to my “Night 1 Lindsey” band dubbed nickname they have so accurately given me, I drank my fair share and dragged Kelby around to some bars and clubs for dancing where I proceeded to have cocktails with very little ice in them, dance with strangers, while Kelby tolerated taking pictures with fans and danced with me until I finally surrendered to some late night food and my pajamas.  After getting that out of my system I would behave the rest of the trip.

Day 3, London, England.  I nursed a slight hangover with some hot tea and a proper English breakfast minus the baked beans (that’s weird). img_3166 img_2875

We took the subway, or tube if you will, to the Natural History Museum where we got to take in a few dinosaurs before being called back for soundcheck.  Taking the subway and a British taxi was different than in the States, the cabs are much bigger and the subways and trains much cleaner than in the likes of New York city.

After sound check we found some delicious Indian food and more hot tea.  We asked for our tea hot and the guy was confounded by what we meant by “hot” tea.  Silly Americans all tea is served hot.

The show was in a historic theater where it seemed everyone in the history of music had played.  Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, David Bowie, Prince to name a few.  Sold out again with almost 2000 people in attendance.

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TC3 & TShe3:  Chels & Neil, Myself & Kelby, Evyn & Jaren

After the boys spent time with U.K. label people after the show, and I still nursing my hangover a tad, Kelby found me some fast food chicken and that was all she wrote.  On to the next city.

 

Day 4 Cambridge, England.  A cold, rainy, college town or University as they would say.  Not much to do, we found breakfast (shocker) and some little antique shops that afternoon.  I found a couple of creepy things for my collection including an old poison bottle and a book called “Bedlam” about the oldest insane asylum in England.  After a nap ensued it was back to daily ritual of the pre-show routine and to another packed house and sold out show.

Day 5/6, Glasgow, Scotland.  We had a day off in Glasgow.  For starters, the accent is so heavy in Scotland that they might as well be speaking a foreign language.  The only night we stayed overnight in a hotel was in Scotland.  It drizzled rained and spit snow while we were there. More Indian food and a lovely little pre dinner dessert per my request, of sticky toffee pudding that was delicious,

just before a sleepless night in a tiny room with a rather hard bed, it was also the night of the election so it was a restless night for most of us.  It was odd to be in another country with such a controversial election happening at home.  Kelby woke me up with a, “Holy Shit Trump won” where I replied with a “are you kidding me?”.  We discussed our feelings and decided to drop it, and we skipped social media for the day.  Later that day we visited an old Cathedral built before the late 12th century, and Necropolis Cemetery, a large ancient cemetery with elaborate tomb monuments. Ancient Greek νεκρόπολις nekropolis, literally meaning “city of the dead”, right up my alley.

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Day 7, Birmingham, England.  The city where a little band called Black Sabbath was formed.  Breakfast, Tea, an outdoor market and we walked thru a fish market that smelled lovely.

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The crew work their butts off.  Benito, Stoney B above.  Grainger FOH and Jefferson the tour manager not pictured.

 Tyler Bryant and the Shakedown join the boys for a little Honey Bee cover during the encore. They killed it every night.  If you haven’t checked them out click the link above.  Great band.

Day 8, Bristol, England.  I think this was a favorite city to visit.  I’ll let my pics and videos show you why…

Though it was chilly the sun was out and this little tea shop had the best back patio area

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someone also had an opinion about our election in the restroom…I mean toilet.
The city was full of art and very cool shops, I did a little Christmas shopping too.

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Kelby and I had a drink at the oldest pub in Bristol, established in 1606.

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and had a nice Italian dinner before the show at Sergio’s img_3110

 

a peek at one backstage area…

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I can’t explain how crazy it is to get to go on these trips as I try to wrap my brain around where I am and how I even got there.  It’s because of Kelby’s job and how hard he and the rest of the band have worked over the years that I get to do these things and I am most thankful to be a part of it all when I can.  Its all a give and take, I miss him tons when he is gone, and though it may all seem very rock and roll, the travel is exhausting.  I know these guys are accustomed to this lifestyle after touring for over a decade and finally all that hard work is paying off for them.  The band and crew work their butts off to do what they do.  You have to love what you do very much to live this way.  There is a glamorous side for sure, but also a not so shiny side, the constant travel, long hours, lack of sleep, shaking hands, taking pictures, occasional cold green room shower, and being away from your family that these guys endure 45+ weeks a year would be too much for most.  I know these guys love creating music and without a doubt are one of the best bands you will see live, bias aside.  The Cadillac Three have some of the most die hard fans I have ever seen in my years of working in music venues here in Nashville.  I’m most impressed with the level of loyalty and respect that the band shares with their steadfast fans, all while gaining new devotees at every show.  I think the coolest thing about their fan base is that they are music fanatics of all ages, men and women.  This isn’t a Justin Bieber concert with little girls screaming…they share their fans with the likes of iconic bands from decades ago whose music is still on the radio today.  I wish them the best of luck in all they do and here’s to more unique trips that I hope get to be a part of.

Thanks to Evyn, Jaren, Chelsea, Neil, Grainger, Ben, Brandon, Jefferson, and the bus drivers for such a fun trip.  And Kelby for wanting me to be beside you for the ride.

Cheers

-Lindsey

Odd things from the U.K.:

  1.  They say “cheers, bye”, instead of good bye
  2. At pubs you order at the bar and give your table number
  3. Ice, well if any don’t expect more than a cube or two
  4. Clerks/cashiers say, “Can I help” instead of “next in line” or “can I help YOU”
  5. The outlets turn on and off with a switch
  6. Hotels have hot water pots for tea, not coffee makers
  7. Lots of Indian food restaurants.
  8. Fish N Chips are served with peas.
  9. Sugar cubes make so much sense and less mess
  10. Most toilets have two buttons for #1 and #2
  11. A traditional English breakfast is served with baked beans, mushrooms and cooked tomatoes
  12. Paper towels are shorter in width
  13. Hotels are much smaller
  14. Instead of “watch you step”, they say “mind your step” or “mind the door”
  15. Some of the grocery stores have clothing stores in them
  16. And the have T.K. Maxx instead of T.J. Maxx