Ireland was too beautiful for words, but I’m going to give it my best attempt. My family and I went on a ten day car trip through Dublin, Galway, The Aran Islands, Belfast, and Lisburn, Each city offered a beautiful charm and insight into how Irish people live. What was more amazing to me is that we were able to contact & meet up with relatives I never knew I had living there.
My favorite part of the trip was the journey itself. We decided to rent a car to travel in between cities. In the Irish countryside, you are never too far from a castle or geological landmark that help tell of Ireland’s rich culture.
So this is definitely not a fashion blog, but festival fashion is some of my favorite and I couldn’t resist posting these pictures of me and my awesome friends. Last year I went to Lollapalooza, an amazing venue at Grant Park in Chicago. This was the first time any of us had gone, even though I had been wanting to go since about seventh grade.
Here is one of the four of us. As you can see, we all have different styles to match our festival personalities. Caitlin (far left) made that skirt herself, Claire (middle left) likes to sport a fanny pack, I (middle right) always go for the crop tops, and Breezy (far right) has a more punk glam type of look.
Some friends we made. Festival fashion is like no other - you won’t find it anywhere else!
The next day we decided to stop at the bean before heading in.
Mud dancing. Wearing a free people dress, of course. This was my favorite part of the festival. And it was also my birthday!
Claire and I were some of the few who were into getting down and dirty. We eventually had to go beg the Camelbak people to let us wash off at their station. I vowed to buy a Camelbak after that.
The rest of the festival was nuts. Definitely one for the books. It’ll probably be a few years until I go back to Lollapalooza, but it was definitely one of my favorite weekends so far.
And so it begins… it’s that time of year again, where people from all over the world gather in the most magical place for a 3-day experience unlike any other. 2 years ago I was lucky enough to partake in this experience and my life will never be the same.
Our wonderful crew… The European lean team. We met Felipe on the train there. He was traveling to meet his friends, but they couldn’t go last minute so we invited him to join our group. To this day he is still a great friend, and I got to see him this past March when we went to Sensation White.
The masks we are wearing we got when we went to Venice. This was all part of a 3 week long Eurotrip, with Tomorrowland at the end.
We used our masks to distract people while we slowly got to the front. At one point we were probably second row to the stage and I went up on Branden’s shoulders. Probably the best experience of my life.
And to top it off, I made it into the official after video! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M7CdTAiaLes (At 3:09 you can see my white coat and part of my mask)
I will make it back one day. Until next time, Tomorrowland.
This past weekend I went on another float trip, only this time we stayed on the river and camped out on one of the side beaches! It just so happened to be the land of one of our friends, so we weren’t worried about breaking any rules. It was so perfect because we were so close to the city and yet in our own little world. Unfortunately my camera got washed away by the river (it happens) so I don’t have anything to document. Yet below I included various photos from past camp trips and excursions. Camping is definitely one of my favorite things to do - it makes me feel one with the land and everything is so peaceful and simple.
Horses are always a plus
This photo was taken a few years ago, yet this was the bridge we started our float/camp trip! Definitely a strong landmark in my mind of many memories.
Playing with shadows is always fun
And of course fireworks
This picture was taken when someone threw glowsticks into the fire. Pretty cool!
It was the summer after I graduated high school, and it all started when I called into work. A trip to Wal-Mart and wonderful crew of adventurous people, and we were good to go. It was the first time any of us had ever been floating, so we weren’t really sure how to go about it, but that’s all part of the adventure isn’t it?
(Some of) our wonderful crew
Stuck in a tree… haha
We called this Adventure Beach
Back in the water
We found a mud beach
Children of the mud
Making mud angels
And having mud fights
Back in the water
To enjoy some wine on the river
We got off at a random bank and decided to run back to our cars… we hadn’t planned this far in advance
Don’t mind the muddy kids on the side of the road
But luckily we got picked up! Note: Please don’t do this at home.
Great day on the river
A day I will never, ever forget.
This is a post just to say I’m lazy. I fully intend to go back over the cities in the second half of the trip and redo them so that they are actually substantial. But for now it is summer in Iowa, and I have new inspiration. I’ll most likely go back over them when I’m back in Iowa City, tearing my eyeballs out over the fact I’m not in Europe :) Sooo to be continued…
It’s safe to say that the last half of my semester flew by. Notice that my blog posts were significantly shorter, with a bit less thought put into them. But they were still great experiences all the same. At the end of my program, my grandpa came over and we went to the South of France for a week. This gave me a bit of time to reflect on my experience in Barcelona, and in a way prepare myself for leaving. One thing that was nice was that before I left, I spent a week in Florida with my family, grandpa, uncles, and cousins. My family not only helped me prepare for my transition to my new life in Barcelona, but also the transition to go back home.
Nice, Eze, St. Paul, Monte Carlo, Cannes, and St. Tropez all coming soon!