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On Set with The Wild Honey Pie’s Welcome Campers Part 1

A few weeks ago I attended The Wild Honey Pie‘s Welcome Campers SXSW series right outside of Austin, TX. If those words mean nothing to you they will soon when you realize that you too could attend one of these awesome events for free. Welcome Campers is basically a music video set and you are an extra. You will be hanging out in a beautiful setting and seeing intimate performances by up and coming bands while eating and drinking for free. There’s usually only 100 spots for extras I mean campers so the group of people who won spots was quite eclectic. The bands who played during my stay at Camp Champions in Marble Falls, TX included Oh Land, The Eastern Sea, Wild Child, On An On, and surprise guest Talib Kweli. On the first day, we arrived at camp and Oh Land played an upbeat set where we danced and made crafts. We got to explore the rest of the ground, which were pretty fancy for a kids summer camp. Also lots of obligatory Texas …

Travel: The Real Portlandia

I’d like to share my favorite quote about Portland, Oregon. Ylvis, the Norwegian group that sings “What Does the Fox Say,” apparently has a brother that lives in Portland. Here is a European man’s description of the city as told to Spin: “Yeah it’s good,” he says. “There’s good beer and good coffee. The girls aren’t so good. But if you drink enough beer, then the girls get better, and then you drink the coffee in the morning when you’re hung over. So it works out.” I don’t have my own commentary on the women of Portland, but I’m definitely down with the beer, the coffee, and the donuts. Let’s start with the Beer. A friend from college grew up in Portland and told me the Microbrewery Hair of the Dog was an absolute must. I met up with my friend Andre for a little beer and bread pudding! Everyone suggests the “From the Wood – A rotating selection of barrel aged beers,” and on the day I was there it was a Bourban Aged …

Travel: Camping in Sequoia National Park

Sorry I’ve been slow on the updates. Currently bouncing around from NYC to LA, Portland, and San Francisco. While I was in LA for my 4th time, as a former vehement hater of Los Angeles, I have to say that the 4th time is the charm. I left feeling pretty ok about LA. Due to my track record of thinking LA is the worst place on earth (save maybe Miami), I made arrangements to go camping in Sequoia National Park. Which is gorgeous. And phone service-less. Unless, like me, you find yourself at the top of a mountain and miraculously your cell phone works again. My friend Erin and I camped at a lower elevation campsite, because we weren’t prepared to freeze our asses off. Sequoia is largely a driving National Park anyways. You have to drive up General Highway to get to most trails. We, of course, saw the tallest tree in the world, and survived the apocalypse of Moro Rock. The next day, after a rainy night inhibiting us from making a fire …

Travel: Swimming with Manatees in Crystal River, Florida

I took a short weekend trip to Florida to see my family at my grandparents’ house in Tampa. I was at Walter Foods in Brooklyn having dinner when I noticed an old photo of a man holding up a fishing line with a….manatee on the end. WHO HUNTS MANATEES!?!? They are just nice gentle herbivores who are generally very trusting. They are also endangered. So I was all like, lets go swim with the manatees in the wild before it’s too late!!! So we did. But first you have to find the manatees in the fairly murky water they live in. Not an easy task my friend. It’s actually kind I tiresome. You ride around in a boat at fairly slow speeds and look for them. But when you do find them it’s pretty cool.    

The Delta Terminal at Laguardia Airport is Insane

I am on my way to Tampa and the Delta terminal is completely full of tables with iPads on them. There is not a iPad-less table. On this iPad you can order food directly to your seat and pay with your credit card at the built in card swiper. It is glorious and super lazy all at the same time. I feel like I’m in some crazy technologically advanced world. Ok it’s not that crazy. Delta has gone iPad crazy https://t.co/795FL8Sw0D — Kristine (@Kr1stine_) June 20, 2013

Washington D.C.: The Neighborhoods

I arrived in our nations great capital around 6pm, and walked over to the Cannon Office Building where all of the House of Representatives work to meet my friend Peter who is now a fancy schmancy Government Employee. There he is above, being fancy in his fancy building on the Hill. D.C. is a really lovely place. I haven’t been since I was much younger – I have seen all the monuments and I witnessed my first professional Ballet show there. This trip was monument-less, I was there to actually see what it was like to live, work, and even grow up in D.C. I went to historical areas like Cardozo, let my friends cart me around to various bars they imagined I would like, and most importantly, I ate. I ate a lot. I was generally unimpressed with the more expensive restaurants in D.C. I went to. While they were certainly sufficient, satisfactory even, they were far too overpriced for something that New York City just does better. Sorry. (I’ll go into more detail in the actual …