Cardiff, Wales | September, 2008
This is one of my favorite feet photos. I took this photo on a disposable camera, outside the Waterstones in Cardiff, Wales. It was 2008. I was living in Swansea that summer. I was spending my days stomping on cobblestones with my laptop stuffed in my M&S twiggy bag. I would sit in Starbucks, savoring mochas and blogging: an American novelty in an American chain store. I was wearing ballet flats and beanies made of sequins and cardigans and a fuchsia tank top that just wouldn’t quit.
It was a two month test. My future husband and I were seeing what it was like to be around each other for an extended period of time- something that an international relationship just doesn’t allow for.
On this day, we went to see Danny Wallace, a hilarious English author who we really should celebrate more in the United States. Unless it’s Yes Man, his books are near impossible to find here. I had forgotten my camera at home, so I bought a disposable. I took this photo because it felt very “Elsie” (my official muse of 2008). It was delightfully nostalgic to take a photo and then wait a week before I could see it.
This photo is grainy and unfocused, but I love it. For me, it encapsulates a magical little nugget of time in my life. It was two months of quiet adventures, days blogging, evenings in pubs with friends, and the non-stop presence of my two loves: Wales and my husband.