My First International Trip!
posted by Kamie Crawford at 02:49pm on 02/16/2011
WOW! The past two weeks have been a dream for me and nothing less than an exciting adventure!
Last week I was in Dallas, Texas with Rima for Super Bowl XLV weekend! Last year I went to the Super Bowl as Miss Maryland Teen USA. Who would've thought that the very next year I'd be back… as Miss Teen USA!? We went to numerous celebrity events and met some great people including Pauly D from the “Jersey Shore!” I think Rima and I have said "It's t-shirt time!!!!" a million times since meeting him that night LOL! I'd like to thank PepsiCo for their hospitality and for getting us passes to some awesome events and concerts :) Check out photos of me and Rima at the Super Bowl.
Right after Dallas, I was off to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba with the USO and the Trevor Romain Company to pay a visit to our military! My trip to Cuba was my first (and hopefully not my last) international appearance as Miss Teen USA so it was definitely a blessing for me. I toured the base, met with students, signed autographs, and thanked our military men and women for their service. I was fortunate to truly experience the beauty that Guantanamo Bay has to offer, as well as the kindness and hospitality of the military families who live there. The beaches were breathtaking and were full of treasures. I even found sea glass and a mysterious underwater animal tooth! Still trying to figure out what animal that was from by the way! :)
All in all, my trip to Cuba was DEFINITELY the highlight of my year so far. I learned so much and developed even more respect for our military and all the sacrifices they make that allow us to have the freedoms that we sometimes take for granted. Thank you so much to John Pray and the USO for all you do for our service men and women and their families, and for giving me the trip of a lifetime! I also want to thank Lee Adlleman for his generosity and for showing us around the base! I had a fabulous time and GITMO will definitely be seeing me again! ;)
Now I'm back in New York City and its Fashion Week! All of the designs for Fall 2011 are being shown over the next few days and I'm excited to be attending some of the shows.
Look out world! Miss Teen USA is on the move! :)
(P.S.- Happy Valentine's Day! <3)