I promised I'd start back blogging so here I am. You have the new Beach House album to thank for this.
So, I randomly decided to go to Brazil with my college mate this past July. I'd never been out of the country before this and damn sure didn't have a passport.
So after hours of trying to get my passport photo the way I wanted, I ended up with this:
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I spent time in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. Rio was probably my favorite beacause of its proximity to the beach and the fact that I could finally see clear blue water. Sao Paulo was the equivalent of vacationing in a big city like Dallas.
I can't speak any portuguese and was lucky if someone could understand my rickety spanish on a good day.
Took a tour through the Tijuca forest but was scared of snakes the whole entire time. Also visited the Christ the Redeemer statue and was so underwhelmed because of the immense amount of people there snapping pictures with ridiculous selfie sticks.
The weird part is I didn't get a crazy amount of photos there. I'm going through my SD card thoroughly disappointed. Also, I took the standard body kit lens on my camera which sucked so bad.
All in all, I'm most likely going to go back at least to Rio.
Oh yeah... vlog about stuff
What was I doing SXSW 2015? I was determined to spend more time seeing shows than anything but I think I failed miserably. My ideal time would've been spent in Hotel Vegas but lines and other poor planning ruined that. To be fair, I did get to see Years & Years, Kali Uchis, Rae Sremmurd, Autre Ne Veut and I think other bands I forgot about?
Oh yeah, spent a lot of time at Stubbs eating Peach Cobbler and trying their extensive sauce line.
Everything was good until I lost my wallet on Friday. Lost/Jacked. Can't be to sure. Luckily, it was returned to me the following day minus all my cash and Applebees gift card. Funny, they left the American Apparel gift card doe.
See you in a month for Psych Fest, Austin!
The next day we hopped on a highway 90 to see the Prada Marfa installation in Valentine, TX. It's a good 30 minutes outside of Marfa but worth the almost too serene sight. It's unfortunate that someone vandalized the installation by destroying the Prada awnings. This time I don't think it was the guy that turned it into a Toms store. I heard he had to pay beaucoup money for that shit.
Anyway we took pictures there for a bit before the "OMG! We're two black girls by ourselves in the middle of nowhere" feeling took over. Next stop El Paso. We ate at some place called Tom's which had weirdly greasy macaroni and cheese which I absolutely do not fuck with. They did have something strikingly similar to what my Canadian friends would consider poutine which was good and their music selection of TV Girl was awesome but the place "ran out of straws" so....in essence bump that.
I didn't take anymore photos after that because...life. Would I do it again? Absolutely not. I would however hang out in El Paso for a few days. That place seems real chill AF.
Oh and this happened:
So I road tripped with one of my BFFs through the state of Texas to Marfa. Finally, I was able to stay at El Cosmico trailer hotel like I'd been planning for so long.
So El Cosmico is this cute little place where you can stay in renovated vintage trailers, yurt or teepees instead of hotels. It's really awesome. We were there on movie night and got to watch Akira in the lobby. There was also popcorn and mulled wine if you're into that kind of thing. We stayed in the Vagabond trailer which I would definitely recommend because of the indoor shower and toilet. Other trailers weren't as lucky unless you stayed in the Royal Mansion.
Pros: It was a once in a lifetime experience. You can see the stars! It's like being in a planetarium. I definitely want to go back.
Cons: Everything closed really early. Like before 8PM. So we went to the only thing open- a grocery store and ate overpriced lunchables that night.
They do have a Dairy Queen... like every other town we passed on the way there.
To Be Continued.
Categories: road trip
"Do I have to write it on your bedroom wall, you fool?"
I'd been contemplating making this marquee for at least 3 months now. Initially I wanted a neon light installation that simply said "Fuck" to hang above my bed but I had no skill in working with neon tubes and wasn't about to spend hundreds of dollars to commission someone to make it.
My SOFT GHETTO marquee was a labor of love. (Emphasis on labor) It took me about 3 days to make and I'm pretty sure I fucked up any chance of getting my deposit back from my landlord. But it looks nice doe.
I'm working on curating pieces for my T.A.F project. It encompasses some contextual theories of soft ghetto and that's all I can say for now.
As for music...I don't know maybe Ta-Ku?