The White House invited 20 Instagram users to visit in celebration of Instagram’s 11th World Wide Instameet this year, it’s the second or third time they’ve done this. Thousands of people applied for the opportunity, so I had no expectation of being chosen. In my application, I shared about how I travel the world telling stories about some of the most interesting people and places I come across. Having just returned from Israel, Zimbabwe and Dubai, it’s only fitting that my next stop would be the White House.
I was blown away when I received an email from an official White House email address a week later, inviting me to fly across the country to visit the historic building. I quickly sent all my information to the Secret Service. Apparently they did a full background check on me and I passed, goofy hair and all.