Natasha Raskin loved her time in America working on the Obama campaign

Natasha Raskin loved her time in the US but the Danube is her ideal destination

Natasha, who lives in the West End of Glasgow, has been a regular on Bargain Hunt and Antiques Road Trip.

Now Natasha, 29, is appearing on For What It’s Worth, weekdays, 2.30pm on BBC One.

Hosted by Fern Britton, it’s a quiz that involves experts guessing the value of interesting antiques.

Fern Britton and Natasha Raskin front the new show
Fern Britton and Natasha Raskin front the new show

 

 


WHEN I was at university, I used to like to combine travel with working so I took a couple of unforgettable internships in America.

I got to work in New Hampshire for the Democratic primary elections for the Obama campaign.

It was a beautiful state and the whole trip was amazing.

I was with a friend and we spent three months there. Little did we know at the time that Obama would even get the Democratic ticket, never mind become president.

I got to meet him a couple of times and he gave us a shout out in one of his speeches as his “Scottish contingent”.

At the end he’d obviously signed some letters and the office used one to give me a reference.

When you’re a student and someone asks for a reference and you produce one hand-signed by the US president it can’t be bad!

The other one was also in the States and I got three months at the Alice Temperley fashion house in New York.

What an amazing way to discover Manhattan.

Barack Obama (Dennis Brack-Pool/Getty Images)
Barack Obama (Dennis Brack-Pool/Getty Images)

I was staying in Brooklyn and I’d wake up every morning, get the subway to Spring Street in SoHo and walk into the head office as if I was part of the team.

It was a bit like The Devil Wears Prada. I’m not sure I was quite as glamorous as Anne Hathaway but because I was working in a fashion house I kept coming up with what I thought were all these cracking outfits. Of course looking back I wonder what on earth I was wearing.

The girls who worked there were all achingly hip and trendy.

I had the time of my life but I was definitely Ugly Betty, running around doing the laundry and all sorts.

I love America and over Christmas my boyfriend and I travelled from New Orleans to San Francisco, via LA, roller-blading down Venice Beach.

But if I had to pick a real favourite it’d be anywhere on the River Danube.

I’d love to take a cruise down it and end up in Vienna.

Last time I went to do it the river burst its banks and we were stuck, but that’d be my dream trip.


 

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