Travel and new cultural experiences can open your mind and can refuel your creativity. Sometimes leaving your comfort zone and experiencing a new place can do wonders for not just your mind but your work too. The mookai team are all avid travelers. Here's a story from a recent mookai adventure:
Andrea Cohen: Account Manager
Traveled to: London, England
What did you see?
There were a few things that struck me during my time in London. For one, the subway lineup at Oxford street (the “Times Square” of London) at 5 pm was absolutely nuts! All you could see was a mob of people on the subway stairs, just waiting to get in! And the crazy thing is, no one was complaining or pushing. Everyone was quietly reading their paper – the English are so polite! Also, Madame Tussaud’s wax museum was pretty impressive. The Prince Charles in particular looked so real! I was also really impressed by the school girls’ uniforms in London. They all look like “Madeline”– with the blue outfit, hat and all! It was adorable!
What did you eat?
While in London, I realized that drinking tea is really part of the culture. So I joined in and had tea and scones at least once a day there (if not more!). I was visiting a friend who told me that at work, someone asks if she’d like some tea practically every hour!
What did you learn?
I love seeing new cities just to explore cultural differences and I learned a lot about the British on my trip. Mainly, that they are very polite and courteous. I always got my doors opened and even got called “madam”. However, the taxi cabs are the exception to this rule – Watch out for them, it doesn’t look like “pedestrians have priority” is a law over there!
Taking the London tube because I got to see first hand the power of well thought out design. I had seen the London subway map before of course, it's a design icon, but this was my first time using it and I can now appreciate its significance in 20th century design history. It’s an incredibly clear and easy diagram to use and I was able to travel through London without getting lost ... I also enjoyed visiting the Tate Modern and seeing many famous works up close and personal.