The Travel Book – Music & Travel – Pt.4 Jay Z & Alicia Keys

I find both music and travel are both quite personal experiences and when there is a moment or time where they can merge together it can create something pretty special. I listen to a lot of music when I go travelling and sometimes the experience is so special that the song sticks with that travel event as a memory. So I thought it would be nice to visit that topic and talk to you over the next few weeks about just some of the magical musical moments I have had on my adventures.

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Location : New York City
Song: Empire State Of Mind, Jay Z & Alicia Keys

In 2010, I gained the opportunity to go to America for 3 months whilst working over there and I was so excited about it, especially since I was going to live in New York City! Months before I went I entered a travel writing competition and ended up winning a bursary to help pay for the Visa which really was the icing on the cake.

I was so excited to be heading off to NYC, it felt like a new scary adventure going to a country half way across the world on my own. One song that was around at the time was Empire State Of Mind by Jay Z and Alicia Keys. Everytime I heard this track it made me so excited abou the big trip that was about to happen.

The size of the Skyscrapers, the bright lights of Time Square, the experience as a whole – it always made me so happy and painted this picture of days to come. Now, I should mention that I had been to New York City when I was 15 on a school trip but this was nothing compared to what I was about to embark on. I had just turned 21 and was about to go on this huge adventure. I was so excited!

Even now, when I hear this song, it brings me the same sparkle and memories of such a special time.

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