Each month, we go beyond the glasses to get a glimpse of the personal experiences, interests, and accomplishments of our fab employees here at Whereoware. For August, we get to know Devon Martin, our Product Designer, a little better.
What’s your name? Devon Martin
Job Title: Product Designer
KICK IT WITH DEVON:
Whereoware’s resident soccer fanatic, Devon, headed to France to watch team USA take the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Catch a glimpse of her experience in Europe!
What inspired you to take the trip?
I’ve been a fan of the US Women’s National Team (USWNT) for about 6 or 7 years now. Whenever I get the chance, I travel for national team games and attend club matches (P.S. the Washington Spirit plays right in our back yard! Go get some tickets!).
When I heard that the Women’s World Cup was going to take place in France this year, I jokingly mentioned to my fiancée how cool it would be to go. She turned to me, without hesitation, and said, “Okay, lets do it.” I thought she was kidding but, after all, it had been a few years since our last big trip and it was far enough out that we could plan for it. So, we let fate decide: if we were able to score tickets, then we’d take it as a sign from the universe that we couldn’t miss it.
Fast forward a few months and we got tickets to both the semi-final and final games, 4 rows up from the field! We made a 2-week trip out of it, with the first 6 days spent in France for the games.
Describe the atmosphere in the arena.
I have a hard time putting it into words. It was absolutely unreal. The stadium was massive, with barely any seats left empty. The sold-out final brought 57,900 ecstatic fans together. Seeing so many people sporting red, white, and blue almost made you forget that you’re in a different country.
Like any typical soccer tournament, everyone was amped-up. People were getting heated and yelling at the Refs over calls they didn’t agree with, or screaming with joy after witnessing a game-changing play. It was electric.
What was it like witnessing the USA 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup victory?
It’s an experience that I will never forget. It will be a part of history, not only because of the win or that it’s been 20 years since the superstar ‘99ers did it, but also because of the huge topic of equal pay that is being brought to center stage.
It definitely isn’t lost on me how monumental the games were, and I feel incredibly grateful to have experienced the historical moment. Some of the players, including several of my favorites that I’ve been following for years, will be retiring or moving on from the national team. I’m happy that I got to see them play at the highest level and win the cup back-to-back.
What was your favorite part of the trip to Europe?
The games in Lyon were only a fraction of the European getaway, but they were definitely a highlight. We also spent time sight-seeing in Paris, celebrated with fellow Americans after the World Cup victory, and hiked the Alps in Switzerland. We went white water rafting in glacier blue rivers, sprinted to catch trains and planes while carrying all our luggage on our backs, and visited family in Germany.
Although, I have to say one of my favorite parts was proposing to my fiancée while in a row boat on the breathtaking Oeschinen Lake. The trip is one that I will never forget, and (quite literally) changed my life.