This years trip to London has come and gone by in what seems to have been a blur (said as I am still a little jet lag). I took over a considerable larger group this year with a total of 16 of us. We stayed at the Eckerd London study centre this year and I would like to say that Ed, Billy and Maria could not have been more gracious hosts.
The girls worked hard, played hard and traveled hard – with some groups traveling out of London each weekend – I don’t now how they were still standing at the end of the trip. But they did GC proud with Chris commenting on how excellent their design were and asking for contact information for several of the girls.
Planning has already started for next year. I have to start early if we want to go back to Eckerd the house is very popular. So I have asked for May 14th – June 9th. I will keep everyone posted on the dates when they are finalized.
I don’t think there is any way I can fully sum up the groups experiences and memories made this month in London. Not only did we have a great group of girls who all got along, we were in a fantastic location surrounded by tons of delicious restaurants and beautiful sites everywhere. It still amazes me how gorgeous one of their average shopping streets can be. Between attractions like the London eye and numerous shopping streets, pubs and parks, there was never a boring minute in London.
While I’m typing this in London Heathrow on my limited time of free wifi, it reminds me of our constant struggle to find where we are, where the group is, what’s nearby, and every other questions or form of communication with no cell phones. Asking “There’s wifi here!?” became a tagline for the group, but as we grew accustomed to it, we began to appreciate not having the constant distraction and having to work to figure out where we were.
And finally, the class. The project and concepts in the class would have been extremely difficult to grasp by just looking at pictures from home. Actually being able to experience the products and stores helped clarify the differences in our design concepts and marketing strategies. Not to mention the trip to Pi was incredible, and having feedback on our projects was extremely helpful.
So, since my plane is about to board and wifi is about to run out, thanks to Dr. Woolbright for being amazing and putting up with us for a month. And London- thanks for being awesome.