When it comes to my girlfriends getting married, I am all in. You want me to bike around a city doing physical activity and collecting jugs of alcohol? Sign me up. The following day includes kayaking in the rain? Sure! Just to be clear, none of this is what I normally do in my free time, but for one of my oldest friends, you won’t even know it’s my first time.
Flying out to Bend was my first trip since I started my new job and I was a little nervous, but grateful that I could spend it with Sam especially having missed her elopement. The weekend started with everyone arriving to the house and every time someone got there, a shot was taken by the group. How we survived the weekend, I’ll never know. It was not only my most physical weekend, but my most hydrated one as well.
Given the fact that I grew up in the Pacific Northwest, Bend wasn’t a city I had ever traveled to. In my opinion, it’s a low key Portland. Everyone seemed relaxed; the pace was slower, but in comparison to San Francisco, I’d say that about any city. I had forgotten how much I loved spending time outdoor and our weekend was full of that. On our last night out, we brought the bride to the club and I was seriously concerned that I’d miss my early flight out the next morning. Here’s the PG-rated version of my trip in photos:
You don’t even have to read this post to know that I am so completely over these Instagram experiential events. That is written all over my face in this photo. And honestly, when you’ve been to four of them, you’ve been to all of them. At the time, Elisa and I didn’t know if [Candytopia] was going to be our last hurrah, but that much was clear when we got to the end. If I had to rank them, [29Rooms] would be my favorite and Candytopia would be my least favorite.
I recognize that there is so much work that goes into putting these events on, but my biggest qualm is the ticket price. As customers, you are paying a high fee for something that feels quite cheap. These weren’t even close to feeling like real marshmallows! By the end of this run, I realized that what I’m also paying for is germs. Yes, these were created for Instagram shots, but the other audience is children. We’ve simply out grown this phase in our lives and I’m pleased to share that this will be our last one. The only one I’d ever repeat again is 29Rooms, but mostly because it goes beyond Instagram. The content and purpose of each room has been well thought out. While some were created just for fun, others have a stronger message tied to it and touches on current events going on socially and politically.
Candytopia has since come and gone! Elisa and I participated in this when it first opened back in September, but now the exhibit has moved on to Houston.
It isn’t easy to watch things like this, but when I come across something that is beautifully done and that I haven’t seen before, it feels wrong to not share it. I felt a lump in my throat the entire duration. There were even parts where I had to pause the video and return to it later. It has been a long time since I’ve had to do that. Columbine was the first major school shooting that I could remember growing up. At the time, I was 9 years old. I hate that the frequency of school shootings today have become our new normal and it broke my heart to learn of the one even this week. Why a change has yet to be made is still beyond me.
I’m glad that we haven’t reached this point in our Instagram career yet, but not proud to say that we’ve gotten very close. The world of Instagram is so strange. On a weekly basis, my friends and I discuss how Instagram manages to seep into our relationships, partnerships, and sometimes careers. Even in the last year, I’ve been wrestling with my account and the thought has crossed my mind about creating necessary boundaries for myself. Though I haven’t discussed it on Yow Yow! it’s something that I’ve considered for the last year. I’m not entirely comfortable with all that I’m seeing on Instagram and often wonder if my account mirrors those that make me uncomfortable as well.
We’ll spend some more time unpacking this in a future post. For now, I want to share this ridiculous coverage that VICE shot on the poppy fields. Here’s an example of what not to do.
Since we returned from Taipei, I’ve been spending a little bit more time thinking about my meals. American breakfast can be so heavy at times with their pancakes, omelettes and french toast. It’s not my favorite because naturally, it makes me so sleepy! In Taipei, Angel and I got used to starting our day with a bowl of noodle soup. Occasionally, growing up, I would have that meal at home too so it wasn’t completely unfamiliar to me. Different cultures breed different kind of breakfasts though and that’s why [Kantine] was intriguing to me.
Kantine is Scandinavian inspired and allows you to create your own breakfast board. What Winny and I loved about this spot was the variety! I’m someone that gets bored of my food fast so if I order one thing that is fairly large ie) a stack of pancakes, I won’t be able to finish. Smaller portions and different flavors are my jam. For $15, you can pick five items and for $19, you get 7 items. Five felt like the perfect amount and I remember feeling pleasantly full after our meal.
Above is my order:
- Soft Scrambled Organic Eggs, Herbs
- Watermelon Salad
- Sweet Porridge