I've been back in Oakland for a few weeks after a three week-long vacation in England and Ireland. It was an amazing trip, part heritage, part reunion, part tourist and very inspirational.
I am so grateful that I was able to visit my old stomping ground, London, as well as to visit places new to me. To name most of them, I was in London, Oxford, Cornwall, Mautby, Much Wenlock, Dingle, Mulingar, Galway, Dublin and Essex. My husband and I did a home and car exchange through Homeexchange.com. I highly recommend this as a way to travel and experience life in new places beyond the usual tourist sights.
I found myself looking for new and different trends in hair and clothing from what we have here in the Bay Area, where I live and work. Quiet honestly, I saw a lot of similarities between America and the British Isles. The big name brands scan the oceans and the street fashion is similar in an urban way.
One of the highlights of my trip was that in Galway we stayed in …