I remember the first proper time I heard the words 'Sri Lanka' I was in Leicester at Uni and Claire told me about a 'live brief' project she was working on, where the prize for 2 best designers of the project was a 2 month work experience placement in Sri Lanka.
Claire, along with another girl, won the project, they had designed the best lingerie narrow textiles for the client and so were whisked out to the little island in the Indian Ocean (I wasn't even sure where it was, I just knew Claire said it was near India).
There was no way I was going to miss out on the opportunity to visit this paradise island Claire had been telling me all about over the phone and through email, so I closed our little summer business for a week and set out for Sri Lanka! It had been several weeks since Claire and I had seen one another and I'll never forget arriving for the first time at the airport just outside Colombo and seeing Claire again. I'm not sure whether it was because we hadn't seen one another for a while or whether it was the heat or the excitement or the adventure I was on! To cut a long story short, I went to Sri Lanka for a week and ended up having to go to Lyon in France for a job interview for jobs as soon as we had graduated the following summer.
We completed our Uni courses back in Leicester and then set off to embark on an amazing adventure that would shape the rest of our lives together...