What do two (supervised!) kids do when they find themselves in one of the oldest cities in the world? Adam (9) and Matthew (7) took to the streets of Rome to explore sites like the Roman Forumn, the beautifully painted ceilings of the Vatican and even rode on the back of vespas through the cobblestone alleys—with much needed gelato and pizza breaks… because how could you not? While soaking in all of the newness of the big city, these brothers put their differences aside and traveled as friends. They giggled, shared jokes and even learned a few necessary Italian phrases like, Dov’è il bagno(where is the bathroom?). Follow these little citizens as they discover and explore.
This past fall, inspired by our designers’ discoveries and excited to kick off our new Citizens FC program, Tea co-founder and CEO, Leigh Rawdon, embarked on an Italian adventure with her family. Like little boys (and girls!) everywhere, Leigh’s sons, Adam (9) and Matthew (7), were in awe of the many things in Italy that went fast. From vespas to high speed trains and everything in between, the boys got to see the inspiration behind our newest graphics first hand.
To help everyone at Tea “go there,” we make a yearly contribution to each employee for international travel and exploration. Upon their return, our Tea travelers write a blog post to share their adventures with all of us (and the world)!
Our summer was magical. We are so lucky to be able to bring our children to the place of their roots, Greece, where my parents grew up and where my husband’s paternal grandfather hailed from, too. Greece is a country that loves children, embraces the sun, respects the sea, and takes great pride in its very ancient history.
To help everyone at Tea “go there,” we make a yearly contribution to each employee for international travel and exploration. Upon their return, our Tea travelers write a blog post to share their adventures with all of us (and the world). A photo journal from Tea designer Marjorie Tan…
Whenever we travel to a new destination, we strive to completely immerse ourselves in the local culture as it’s the best way to gain the most authentic and well-rounded experience. We eat where the locals eat, shop where the locals shop and talk to as many people as we can to make real connections. While visiting La Paz, Bolivia, we were immediately drawn to the allure of the mercados (or markets). Early each morning, the streets of La Paz begin to buzz with activity. As the sun rises, women from the indigenous tribes (called cholitas) living in the hills surrounding the town, head towards the city. Dressed in brightly colored traditional clothing, the cholitas set up their shops along the street. They sell everything from produce, handicrafts, souvenirs and meals. We watched as people from different parts of the city came to the town center to shop for their daily meals and household goods. Shopping in La Paz as a tourist can be a hectic experience, but exploring them is a great way to feel like a local. Here is a roundup of the markets we visited and tips on when to go and what to find.