A look into the world's most famous landmarks through the eyes of the people who live in their shadows.
- Buckingham Palace is, for me, such a landmark and such a important building. It's because it really symbolizes the history of this country and also the special position with the fact that we have a well-loved royal family. My name is Wen Gregson, and I was originally from Hong Kong. My family is from Hong Kong and I was born in Hong Kong. And I am an saxophonist in the Band of the Welsh Guards in London. I remember when I was a little girl. I was very young. And we know about other countries, of course, and about Britain. And of course one of the very things that you would see on television and in books, it's the guards. The changing of the guards, particularly, is iconic. I chose the saxophone when I was 10. I always wanted to play it. And for me, I chose it because I heard it on the radio when I was 10. It was such a distinctive sound and I just really wanted to do it because it gave me a voice. It gave me a medium to express myself. And I always wanted to be a professional player. And I know that one of the very few options I had was actually in the military. I joined as a Commonwealth soldier, but I spent nine years in the south of England, southwest really, in Dorset, in a different regimental band. After that, I was posted to the Royal Military School of Music. And I became an instructor of training army musicians for two years. At the end of that posting, I was sent to London to be with the Band of the Welsh Guards. So I've been here since 2013. I remember my first changing of the guard. Really exciting, because to be able to wear this uniform and to do such a historic ceremony. And the feeling of having, really wanting to get every detail right for the first time, as if I've done it 4,000 times, because that's what is expected, is to be able to deliver that level of salutes. As we march out of the gate and we are just surrounded by cities of people, just thousands of people, all over the world and around Britain, coming to see these events. The feeling is amazing, absolutely amazing. And I have to say that that never really goes away. Being involved with this part of the duty of changing of the guards, it's a pride, really. I recognize that it's not a normal or usual opportunity for anyone to be just able to do that, to be able to pursue my dream to become a professional player, but also able to do it in this particular setup, in this red tunic with the bearskin, with changing of the guards at Buckingham Palace. It is something that people around the world identified with London and also with the United Kingdom. So being able to be part of this, it's a real privilege for me, serving the county and also being part of many people's memories. It's really a once in a lifetime opportunity and I'm very proud to be part of the Band of the Welsh Guards, especially doing all the public duties and changing of the guards at Buckingham Palace.
- Central Park is an oasis in the city. It's one of the only places you can go where you can step away from all of the traffic and the noise and the congestion and the smells and walk into a wonderland of beauty and flowers and nature, and it's such a special part of being in the city. My name is Elena Gretch, and I'm a dog trainer and a New Yorker. I love my dog. I think I have one of the greatest dogs in the world. I spend all of my days with animals, both inside and outside, but more outside. And I get to walk into Central Park, and that's my office. 12 years ago, I was busy working on Wall Street. And one day, I decided that I didn't want to go to work and leave my dog home alone anymore. And that's when my company was born. So my career took me from Wall Street to Dog Street. So my day begins independent of the weather. Rain, shine, snow, heat, we get up and we go out there. I begin my day with my dog in the park. It's my time to enjoy and spend time with him. And then it's my turn to take and share my passion with all the other dogs. We walk about 100 dogs a day and take them to the park. So every day, when I pick up the dogs, I'm always greeted at the door with tremendous enthusiasm. The door opens and there's this wagging tail and they know that I'm there to take them out somewhere fun. And there's so much exuberance because we're going to the park and the park is the best place. And if you're a dog, the park is the ultimate best place. It's the place where you're going to see your friends. It's the place where you're going to sniff some grass and get to play fetch or play ball and run around and be a dog. So Central Park is a magical place. There's so much life happening all the time. In so many ways, it's the heart of New York City. If you just let yourself follow the paths, you'll find one special place after another. You'll cross over a footbridge. You'll cross under a bridge where there will be someone playing saxophone. It unfolds as you move through it, just like the city does. There's all these little moments and little special places that are hard to forget. So one of my favorite areas of Central Park is where the Balto statue is located. And Balto is a dog that helped save lives during the 1920s. And he's been memorialized with a bronze statue and it's the place where you get a sense that dog was here, and a place where all of us dog owners, and not just professionals but city people all around, can connect with a dog everyday. I have one of the best jobs in New York City. When all of these busy, busy Wall Street finance professional people go to work, I get to play with their dogs. And I get to share all my love and passion every day with the dogs and the dog owners of New York City.
- When you first arrive in Sedona, and you have never seen anything like it before, when you first arrive in, it's like, wow, wow. It's like, wow. So the Red Rock mountain is powerful energy in the the mountains, and the beauty is just spectacular. I'm always going out on the land for my work, guiding people, and it obviously just brings such a joy to my heart to have all this magic around me. My name is Rahilio. I'm a spiritual guide, shamanic healer practitioner in Sedona, Arizona. My age, well, I'm ageless. I've been around a while. Coming to Sedona, it can be really uplifting, seeing the Red Rock mountains and just the beauty of this land. It can be life changing for people, just coming to this area and being in the mountains, being in nature. Sedona has been the most incredible place for me to be because I found my place in the world where I could contribute and be a positive voice and work in a healing capacity. A lot of my work is based in the National Forest around Sedona. The whole focus is to help people connect with the earth energy and connect with the living conscious of great spirit through earth and sky. So Sedona has become a major attraction for the spiritual community. People come here and they see the red rocks and the next thing they know, they're opening up and having deep experiences, well, healing experiences. I take people onto the land and therefore introduce them to the beautiful sights and energy. So I use my drum, vibration through their body. I use my flutes. I use my rattles. I use my songs. I use my words to shift people's consciousness so they can be present and go deeper, connect with inner peace. And if a person has inner peace, that's, I think, the greatest gift I can give them or help them to receive. And from that comes everything. So what brought me to Sedona was that hack into spiritual awakening, I began to search for the meaning of life. In my work, I always want to have people experience something that can shift them, that my work helps them get out of the box of their conditions of everyday self, stuck in routines and ruts, their thinking and behavior. So in this time of confusion and stress, disinformation, warfare and conflict, I just help to give hope to the people that there is hope. There's a beauty here now and there's greater things coming. You know, normal people are always making plans for the future, plans for their retirement, plans of what they're going to do, always living in the future and thinking about what they have no control over. What we have control of is being in the present moment and doing the best we can do. And as we do that, doors open up that we had no idea were there for us. My goal and my focus is to be prepared in this now and take care of what's happening now so that when doors do come, I'll be ready.
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