Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Zan On Tour: Reflections from the End of An Adventure

As I sit in the baggage claim area of JFK, I feel a little like the geek in the 2003 version of the Italian Job. I have my laptop out and I'm stealing internet from JetBlue in a vague attempt to do a little work during the layover I have between flights back to Manchester. I feel pretty cool, except for the waves of travel sickness I keep experiencing in between pangs of hunger. Bah. I'll distract myself with some blogging.

I'm on my way home. It is, as per usual, a long trip taking over 24 hours of my time, flying through space and time. Usually, I feel quite sad about going home because there's usually unfinished work here, but this time I feel a little different. I feel like I have really achieved something. I feel like I've conquered huge chunks of the USA (see here, here and here) but I've also overcome my fears of driving on the wrong side of the car, on the wrong side of the road. I've also beat a tiny confidence battle: I can do whatever I set my mind to, and I can do it in a country that is not my own. Although the not-quite-5"2 stature of my being hasn't really changed, I feel like I have grown. And now I'm ready to go back to the UK to put these improved skills into practice. Apart from the car driving thing: I have to re-learn how to drive on the correct side.

Travelling home this time, I feel more confident in my skills as a playworker advocating in play wherever I go. I feel more secure in my representation of Pop-Up Adventure Play, and I know understand and appreciate just how wonderful my job is. I love what I do, and I love that Morgan, Anna and I have worked so hard to develop this flexible model of work that means we can work all over the world from the comfort of our own computers. There's definitely a rush of feelings happening somewhere. Maybe it's travel sickness again? Or hunger. Haha.

Anyway, I should move on from the spot I've camped at before someone starts eyeing me up as left luggage. I'll leave you with my last selfie of this trip, and I will blog again when I get back to the UK.

Happy Zan with happy skies.

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Zan On Tour: The Final Stop

Well folks, it is done! We've travelled from coast to coast to coast in a little yellow car and today we had our last event in Boston, MA. The Pop-Up Adventure Play and Special Guests Tour 2014 is officially complete!

Today was great - Morgan and I were able to have a Pop-Up Adventure Playground with Anna so the whole team was playworking together. It was really very nice to work with both Anna and Morgan in the same space - it's such a rare moment for this to happen for us! Hoorah!

Here is my favourite photo of the day. This tube watching happened for at least 20 minutes.

This trip has been absolutely amazing. It has opened my eyes to a huge world of things, which is incredible considering this is the same country and everything. I still can't quite believe that I've seen, visited and experienced as many awesome things as I have done, just because we happened to be in the area. I think it'll take me a few days to reflect on this adventure, so I'm going to pause and everything in, and reflect on this properly. Until then, here is a photo of me with Mayflower II. It seemed appropriate to end the trip with a visit to where the Brits came to take over America. There are some similarities here, I reckon! :)

Zan conquers America.

I have a few days off now so more blog posts should be happening. You totally should go and look at the facebook pics that I've been posting on behalf of Pop-Up Adventure Play. They're kinda awesome.

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Zan on Tour: Photos

You all know that I like taking photos. If I'm there, my camera will be with me somewhere! As you can expect, this tour has produced a bajillion photos, way too many to share when the wifi has been patchy! My last couple of blog posts have all been my own personal pics, but there are a whole bunch of official work photos too! You can find them on the Pop-Up Adventure Play facebook page, or if you just click here.

Anyway, it's time for me to go and play outside. In the meantime, I leave you with a rare photo of both me and Morgan that isn't a selfie!

Here we are, by Lake Michigan on a cold but sunny afternoon in Chicago.

We're off to North Carolina today! More soon! :)