Solo Adventure: Williamsburg

Hey y’all!

Wouldn’t you know it, I went on another solo adventure. This time, I went to Williamsburg! I’ve been plenty of times, but I’ve never been a solo adventure there before so here we go!

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I went to Colonial Williamsburg which is one of my favorite places. You have the option of just wandering around taking it all in and doing some shopping, or you can pay for various tours which are fantastic. I personally opted for the, “taking it all in and doing some shopping” route. There are tons of ways to walk in. In all honesty, just find a parking spot and go for it. I wandered in around halfway down the main strip, and stopped at a little farmhouse with a full garden. There were these huge sunflowers and an adorable farm stand with books, candles and knick-knacks for sale.

 

If you looked through the flowers you could see part of one of the buildings in the downtown area.

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After hitting that up I found myself wandering up and down the lane just really enjoying the overall atmosphere. Colonial Williamsburg kinda has this air which is a nice mix of local, student, and tourist. Like, there’s a nice mishmash of individuals which just really creates a refreshing and freeing environment that blends history and modernity. Which sounds like a tourism pitch, but it’s really accurate. It’s like the city itself is a sort of live in adventure park for history dweebs. (Guilty as charged.)

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As a heads up, though, keep an eye out for the horses.

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Tons of the shops are set up in houses and town house looking structures like they would have back in the day-day. What’s great is that each shop has it’s own wares, so you won’t find the same kind of souvenirs in each of the shops. Like, okay. You’ll find the same root beer and pins, but there’s enough variety to keep you on your toes and interested. I’ve frankly been to Colonial Williamsburg more times than I can count but it’s still fun to look through the shops and see what’s new.

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It’s also fun just to wander up and down the lanes looking at the houses. Be careful, though. Some of the houses belong to actual families and not the city.

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Ok, so when you’re done with the strictly historic, the lane sort of naturally veers towards more modern shops. I of course wandered through those and eventually hit up the outlets (terrible idea for my bank account). I didn’t take a ton of pictures of that, but I did of one of my all time favorite candy shops. Ignore the terrible shot and focus on the name cause you’re gonna wanna go when you visit.

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Look at this super pale individual. I live in Virginia. You’d think I’d have a tan or something.

Alright! That’s it for a super quick post about a super quick trip to Williamsburg. I’m planning on going later in October, so until then Williamsburg, I’ll see you later!

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Solo Adventure! Charlottesville, Virginia

Hey Y’all!

One of the great things in life is having the freedom to take yourself on personal road trips. When I moved out of my parent’s house I decided that being solo doesn’t mean jack shit in the big scheme of things and that taking personal adventure days is the absolute fucking best.

I went to Charlottesville in the beginning of September for a day. I woke up and decided it sounded like a fine idea and went with the flow and ended up having a grand time.

Charlottesville is located in around the Blue Ridge mountains in Virginia and is gorgeous. Home of Thomas Jefferson and Monticello and UVA the town is flush with tons of young people, nature and history.

Which a whole lot of hooplah in reality and sounds startlingly like a tourist add. (Hit me up agencies I’m available.)

But, fundamentally Charlottesville has a cool, sorta academic vibe which I can get behind. I decided to go to the downtown area called the Mall to explore.

The Love sign is in the middle of the downtown area and is like a huge welcome to everyone who comes to visit. Families and couples were taking pictures in front of the sign so I, of course, did so too! Like why not? The Love sign is everywhere in VA and is a great tourism attraction and is a great way to unify the state.

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The Love sign is everywhere in VA.  

There recently has been a lot about Charlottesville in the news, but as I wandered into a shop, I think that the MLK quote really encompassed how the city was dealing with the protest. The protest may have been over, but I think that the town really banded together and was putting forward its best intentions for a loving, peaceful community. I was just a visitor, so I really can’t speak more than what I observed.

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Considering all that’s going on in the world, I think this quote was really appropriate.

I wish I took more pictures encompassing how lively the downtown area was, but I was too preoccupied living in the moment, and wasn’t paying too much attention to trying to take pictures. But, I of course took a few and am throwing them in for you guys. 😀

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Some of the shops had flowers and plants in the windowsill and we all know I’m a sucker for taking pictures of plants haha

Wandering up and down the Mall can take awhile and there is a ton to see. The main center is filled with tables for the nearby restaurants and the entire area is sectioned off as a pedestrian space only.

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I love giraffes! There were tons of cool pieces scattered around but this was my favorite.

Outside of the downtown area things sort of quieted down. There weren’t as many shops or people, which meant to me that there were more secluded things to find. At this point in the journey I was more into the main square and its shops and people so I just sort of wandered back to that after taking a picture of the railroad.

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This was taken a little off from the main downtown area

 

The one thing I thought was fascinating about the city was that there wasn’t a huge tourism-logo-slogan grab. Like, Richmond has the RVA logo, DC is just DC, it seems like everywhere has a, “Thing.” Charlottesville really doesn’t. I asked a lady at a shop and she said that the closest thing that Charlottesville had in terms of the whole tourism thing was a heart with, “Charlottesville” in the center. Good thing I was on the case and picked one up at the train station! Gotta keep up my souvenir addiction.

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I try to collect something from everywhere I’ve been whether that be a map, a bumper sticker, or a pin. It’s just a thing I picked up from when I was little. Thanks, mom and dad!

My dudes, I really liked visiting Charlottesville. There are apparently a ton of wineries around the area and a lot of hiking to do, so I will definitely be returning! Till next time!

Blonde in New York : MonstaX and Kpop Concert Advice

Hello, everyone!

It’s been a super long time, but I am still alive and figuring things out. This summer has been a blur of people and personal growth (bleh) and different places. I can’t believe it’s already the end of August!

For now, though, I want to tell you all, and share the pictures from, a concert I went to in New York this past July. So Kpop has been KILLING it world wide, and I have succumbed. Shit’s good. One of my favorite groups is called MonstaX. (My personal favorite its Wonho but that’s neither here nor there.) I’ll probably write more about Kpop and my views on it from an American who has really only been on the scene for, like, a year.

So, my friend and I had this super plan all set up and ready to roll. I drove up from Richmond, we caught up in Fredericksburg, rode up to Vienna, caught a ride to the Metro, took a train to the bus station at Union Station. Caught the bus to NYC.

Preface? I’ve never been to the Big City before. I’ve been to almost all 50 states but this just wasn’t a place I ever envisioned myself visiting. I just never understood the romanticism. But, I was about to be damned if I missed this group live. So, I’ll save the NYC pictures for another separate post and keep this one to all about this concert.

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Okay, first think I learned was that if you are thinking that these sorts of concerts are small and that nobody is really going to show up so you can show up at 5pm before a 7pm concert and it’ll be fine, you are SO wrong. My friend and I were fortunate enough to score a hotel room 5 minutes from the venue- the Playstation theatre in Times Square. (Different story, different time.) Friend and I were on a leisurely late Friday morning stroll looking for food and the Disney store when we see this line.

“That’s so peculiar,” we thought, “are they still in line for tickets?”

When we arrived the night before at like 1:30 am, we went back out into the city and were wandering around till about 3:30 am. In the course of this wandering came across a line of people outside the Playstation Theatre. Turns out these peeps were waiting in line for tickets. The theatre doesn’t even open till, like, 6 am. So, these fans are hardcore and are willing to wait for God knows how long for tickets. That is some dedication if I have ever seen any.

So, back to our Friday morning walk. We see this line. It is quickly expanding. I go up to one of the girls and ask if they are in line for tickets, and she gives me this pitiful look and is like, “….no…. we are waiting in line for the concert.” It is 1:30 pm. The concert is at 7 pm. Friend and I look at each other, book it to the hotel, change, take a 20 minute power nap (I had a cold) and went back out to wait in line. We waited in line for this stitch for 4 hours.

We made friends, though! We made friends with some of the girls in line and the five of braved the rain and stayed under an umbrella fort to wait to get in to this damn concert.

IMG_6477IMG_6478The M & M one is mine! This line lasted for blocks. But the pictures were kinda great so I feel like I can’t complain TOO much, know what I mean?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The advice portion:

So, if any of you guys ever want to go to a Kpop concert, I have some general advice.

  1. Know the theatre. We paid for quasi-nice tickets but couldn’t see for the life of us, and if we had nosebleeds, we would’ve saved money AND have had somewhere to sit. If it’s possible, figure out the venue.
  2. Buy your tickets ASAP. Kpop is exploding, so the sooner you pounce the faster you’ll be able to get tickets and to get the tickets you want.
  3. Get your merchandise ahead of time. This includes your lightstick. We ended up getting our sweatshirts and hats from a scalper outside the venue. (Super nice couple of guys- one had green hair but it worked.)  A lot of the stuff they have on hand are pre-order items. We weren’t able to get lightsticks at the venue, but that’s okay. When MonstaX comes back to the East Coast we can get our stuff online like the super real deal veteran fans!
  4. For the love of god, get in line early. ESPECIALLY if you have standing room tickets. Trust me. Get a good spot you’ll be able to see from.
  5. Go fucking nuts. Seriously. These guys are crazy talented, you might as well go and have the time of your life. Spend the money on merchandise, too. You aren’t gonna regret a concert shirt in 6 months.

I’ll be updating a lot more frequently now! I’ve got tons of stories and pictures.

On Midnight: A Free Form Thought Free Write

There’s a mist on the wind as she crossed the street to the 7/11. She wondered why the streets smelled old on this deserted road and why the five dollar pad thai she ate earlier that afternoon still resided at the back of her tongue- a mix of coconut and forced pleasantries as she tried to explain her lack of shoes and her lack of direction. The shoes were easily explained. She had lost her shoes in a bet miles south near Tuscon. The bet was whether or not she could….

She wondered what it was like to be a ghost and then rationalized it might be slightly less lonely as ghosts at least get programs on the Discovery Channel and Destination America. What would it be like to be a ghost, hounded by the future that didn’t give a damn about the peace and tranquility of a past best left behind…? Theoretically incredibly unpleasant.

Chapter 1: The discovery of midnight

The thing about magic is that its most potent 3, maybe 4 times a day. Dawn, noon, dusk, and midnight. Transitional periods where light and time change are fixed points in which people change and react. It’s not really understood if people change in a response to the ebb and flow of time, or if time changes in response to the ebb and flow of people. It might be both. Who knows. Noon is the iffy one because the only thing that really changes are how people talk about it.

“It’s already noon!”

“Better start lunch, it’s noon”

“There’s so much I want to do this afternoon”

In reality, time is what you make of it so the transition from action to inaction is of little consequence. But what is of consequence is the shifting of midnight. People change at mi

From a young age (greek for dusk) wasn’t sure whether or not it was her mother that taught her that time was a transitional entity which controlled her magic, or if she was the one who molded time.

It’s possible it was both.