Lollapalooza and Chicago
Lollapalooza was a dream come true! From starting the day with lovelytheband to ending with Vampire Weekend and all the artists in between, we didn't let the nearly-100 degree heat ruin our fun!
I had been dreaming of going to a big music concert for a long time, so when the opportunity came to go to Lollapalooza, the planning began! We attended only one day of the actual festival, on Saturday.
The day started with lovelytheband and it was the day after they just released their first album. Their song "Broken," which was one of my top 50 songs on Spotify in 2017. It was the perfect start to the day!
Between lovelytheband and Vampire Weekend, we saw some sets of musicians I would not have usually watched like Sir Sly, Hippie Sabotage, Carly Rae Jepsen, Luke Combs, and St. Vincent. St. Vincent was my favorite surprise of the day. People had recommended her music to me for years, but this was the first time I actually really appreciated her music! I have been listening to her music since the concert.
The night ended with Vampire Weekend. They were my second-ever concert back in 2013 so it was amazing to see them live again and be in the audience when they announced that their new album was done!
Lollapalloza also has aftershows, which are just as much fun as the festivals just in a different way. We went to The Wombats and Future Feats after party show, which started at 11 PM and ended around 1:30 AM and was at a small venue at Lincoln Hall. The next night, we went to a Walk the Moon DJ Set.
When in Chicago, it is worth the visit the the historic Wrigley Field, even if, like me, you had no idea what was going on in the baseball game!
Other locations visited in Chicago included: Chicago 360 for the amazing views of the city!
Of course Millenium Park was also on the agenda.
I have had this shirt since 2015 and finally wore it for Lollapalooza!
Before I left Colorado for at least a year for grad school, I wanted to visit a friend in Durango and visit the southwestern part of the state for the first time. I took the scenic route to Durango, going through Gunnison, Montrose, Ouray, and Silverton. Below are a few photos, with labels, of the drive. Keep reading to see what I did in Durango and the surrounding areas!
Ouray is known as the "Switzerland of America" and with the gorgeous mountainside town, it was easy to see why it earned that name!
I have done a lot of gorgeous mountain drives, but Red Mountain Pass is probably the most beautiful of them all! As the pass winds around, drivers pass the iron-rich soil giving it the red color that Colorado is named after and abandoned mines.
After about 7.5 hours of driving, I made it to Durango! The town of Durango has a great main street area with historic hotels, the many craft breweries that Durango is known for, adorable shops, the first Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory location, and many themed restaurants, including a literary-themed speakeasy!
The first full day in Durango, we ventured to the Four Corners. I remember learning about the Four Corners when I was little and deciding that it was somewhere I would like to visit. It is on reservation property and there is maybe one gas station in the vicinity. Aside from a few stands selling Native American pottery and jewelry, there isn't a lot at the monument either. However, it provides the opportunity to stand in four states at once, while providing historical information about each of the four states.
There were signs saying only three photos per person! It must get crowded during peak hours, but early in the morning there weren't a lot of other tourists.
The next stop was Mesa Verde National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The site has ancient dwellings and petroglyphs. It takes about an hour to drive from the entrance to the nearest cliff dwelling. We were able to see a lot in a few hours, but you could easily spend the whole day here!
That night, we went to Pagosa Springs Hot Springs, which reminded me a lot of the hot springs in Iceland. There are different pools of different temperatures, plus it is right along the river, which provides a great place to cool off if the hot springs got too warm. I did not venture in the river though, as it is mostly snow-melt and I knew I would be freezing!
Another side trip out of Durango was Telluride, a mountain town I have wanted to visit for at least eight years! The gondola is free in the summer and provided great views of the town and ski area. I hope to come back in the winter sometime! Once I leave in August for Glasgow, it will be goodbye for now Colorado, but I have a feeling I'll be back!
Hi, I’m Crystal! I love to travel and am currently a graduate student in Scotland. You’ll get all the best tips and insights from my experiences as a former ice-skating coach in Iceland and former study abroad student. Of the 27 countries I have visited, a type 1 diabetes diagnosis has been the strangest land yet. Type 1 has not slowed down my travels and you'll learn how to take type 1 with you on the road! You can connect with me further on Instagram @CrystalChilcott, or send me ideas of where I should travel next via email: email@example.comHappy Travels, Crystal
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