Hi! I’m Adrienne, and it’s really nice to meet you… Here’s where you’ll find a little more information about me (bear with me, this stuff is tricky!)
I’m a New Zealander currently living in London – quite by accident really. I came over for just a year in 2007, and here I am
8 TEN years later – still enjoying living, working and travelling around Europe.
I’m a photographer and creative director which means I often get to work on all parts of a creative brief, something I truly love! There’s nothing better than seeing your ideas and vision come to life. I happily travel a lot for my job, and for me there is nothing better than landing in a new place knowing you have a whole new world to discover…
So I thought it might be of interest for me to let you know a few of my favourite things, and a few things I’m really looking forward to. If there’s anything else you’d like to know about, please feel free to ask in the comments and I’ll include it!
Name: Adrienne Pitts
Nationality: New Zealander
Current location: London, UK
WHY IS YOUR BLOG CALLED ‘THE WANDERING KIND’?
Excellent question! I’m glad you asked… I’ve been wanting to start this blog for a very long time now, but one of the many stumbling blocks I had to getting started was trying to figure out what to call it! I wanted it to be authentic. For it not to be a collection of some random words that just sound good together. For it to have some personal meaning. So I sat down with a pen and paper and asked myself a simple question: What kind of person am I?
And the answer came pretty much straight away. Me, I’m the wandering kind. I like to take my time. I like to explore. I like to go off the map and see what I can find. I like to wander. I wonder if you are, too?
WHERE ARE YOU HAPPIEST?
My ultimate happy place is in a patch of sunshine snuggling with my dog Lara. My next happiest place is in the water. It can be anywhere in the world – if the sun is shining, the water is clear and I can float and swim and flip around to my little heart’s content, then I am the happiest person ever.
WHAT’S THE BEST THING ABOUT TRAVELLING?
There’s this feeling I get when I travel. When I walk down the street in a new place and just open my eyes and ears to the smells and sounds of a place. I feel like the smallest part of something much larger, a new part of something I have never experienced before. Everything is strange and new and in that moment I know I have the whole world to discover. That’s the best thing about travel.
Lost in Translation – I think it really sums up that feeling of anonymity in a strange land. Of feeling connected and disconnected at the same time. The scenes where Scarlett Johansen is walking down crowded streets really speak to me – there’s something about being somewhere strange and new and different, and yet still being a part of it – it kind of sums up what travel is to me.
Ahhh this list is a long one! How about I just give you a top 5, and end it by saying I basically want to go everywhere?!
So, without further ado (and in no particular order) I present to you my current top 5 dream destinations:
1. Marrakech, Morocco
So many things about this place appeal to me, it’s hard to know where to begin! Hidden riads, the open air markets, the Atlas mountains, the food and the weather. It also helps that my former editor published the most beautiful book of recipes from Marrakech which just gave me even more impetus to want to discover this little oasis for my very own self.
Finally went! Fell completely in love with it. Need to go back 🙂
2. Jodphur, India
A entire city that is blue? An entire blue city. Blue. My camera and I are both bursting at the seams to visit this delight. I might have to buy a few (ten) more memory cards to document this beauty…
3. Cappadocia, Turkey
Oh this place has been on my list for so very long, I’m hoping 2015 will actually see me get there! Yes, the hot air balloon rides at sunrise look absolutely mind-blowing. But I’m also all about exploring those intricate structures and buildings rising out from the surreal landscape. And the menemem for breakfast!
4. The Maldives
It seems to me that the Maldives offer the most beautiful and unspoilt oceans that I have ever seen. The pure white sand, beautiful accommodations, and the most relaxing blue hues – take me there!
5. The Alhambra
My parents went here when I was young, and came back with the most intriguing photographs and tales of driving through the region… The beautiful Moorish architecture looks like something I really need to see for myself 🙂
WHAT INSPIRES YOU?
It sounds cliche, I know. But really, it’s almost anything. The way a certain slant of light falls and casts shadows, a a perfect turn of phrase, any and all things hand-made. A beautifully prepared meal or a documentary on dinosaurs. It’s all the little moments which appear all around us that I find unique and beautiful…
FAVOURITE PERSON TO TRAVEL WITH?
Someone who can carry my camera bag? KIDDING.
In all honesty my best travel buddies have been the ones with a similar spirit of adventure. Who want to try the random restaurant that we’ve been told is great, even if it doesn’t appear in any guidebooks. Who knows that I will always lag behind taking photos (I’ll catch up) and that some of the best memories made whilst travelling are the unplanned ones…