Life After IML - July 2008

John wearing a navy blue ribbed t-shirt and black leather vest

Chicago, May 2008
Photo credit: Dave Harris

At IML this year I passed my fifth anniversary of winning the contest, which gave me an excuse to look back at all the places I've visited. In the last five years I've travelled 62 times to events outside my home town in 33 different cities. I've visited 10 countries (USA, UK, Belgium x 2 , Canada x 2, Germany x 2, Iceland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway and Switzerland) and 17 American States (CA, CO, DC, FL, GA, HI, IL, IO, KS, LA, MI, MN, MO, NE, OH, OK and TX). The city I've visited the most outside London is Chicago (14 times) and Dave has accompanied me on 19 occasions, just under a third of the total.

A few people have asked if I have any advice for contest winners and other international travellers, so here are some of the things I've learned from my experiences...

Have fun, look after yourselves and the people you play with.

Best wishes,

John Pendal
International Mr Leather 2003

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