In Flight

 

Stale, compacted, unregulated air. Cold to the touch, thick oval windows, quietly lit with a Dim blue light, and rows of passengers with faces unknown.

For some reason this where I feel at home.

Maybe if for the anticipation of arrival upon land uncharted, upon experiences unknown.

Non partial—whether it be the airport, the plane, international or domestic —‘tis the experience

The knowing, when I am on a plane I feel sense of belonging, a sense of homecoming and peace. A wholehearted knowing that I am in the right place at the right time. A feeling that I seldom experience.

I can not quantify nor rationalize this notion. Regardless of its origin, I will chase this feeling restlessly at the cost of several other factors for the rest of my life.

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Austin, Texas

IMG_1009.jpgI decided to take a trip to a city in the US that I have never experienced and landed on Austin, Texas.

Home to incredible music, and outstanding BBQ, Austin did not disappoint!

Points of Interest:

Rainey St— Eat from a food truck! Must go to several BBQ spot! Great bars, young crowds, very walkable.

6th Street— Bars, clubs, and country western bars!

Bat Bridge— Every night at sunset 1.5 Million bats fly south on the river, this is a site to see!

Stevie Ray Vaughn Statue– Speaks for itself! Right by the river.

How to explore: See the city from a bird! Best way to explore, easy to navigate

Where to stay? JW Marriott—Beautiful, centrally located, and excellent pool sceneIMG-0982.jpg

NOLA

Feeling in the mood for high energy, outstanding music, Cajun food, and prime local drinks? Look no further than New Orleans, LA. Around every street corner is an incredible stage worthy band playing a mix of rock, blues, swing, and jazz. There are streets of endless cafes, bars, and eateries all unique, quaint, and timeless. NOLA is place for visitors of all ages and offers a variety of activities, eateries, and views all with a french twist.

Where to stay:

Ritz Carlton– Beautiful, incredibly close to all points of interest. Beautiful garden and lively bar! 

Sites you can not miss:

Frenchmen St. – great for bar hoping, and easy listening. Local and charming feel.

Café Du Monde- A MUST! A NOLA staple known for its benigets, coffee, and desserts

Swamp tour—This was such an incredible experience. Allows you to experience Louisana. We saw the aftermath of Hurrinacane Katrina, learned about wildlife, and saw more than our fair share of animals.

Emeril Lagsi Restaurants—A truly gourmet experience! Complete with caviar, duck, oysters, and fresh fish. The charcuterie board was incredible!

Bourbon Street & Canal Street- Where all of the magic happens. Do yourself a favor and order Pimm’s Cup, derivative of England this cocktail is gin-based with fruit juices, and spices.

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Arches National Park, Utah

Wandering through the seemingly endless miles of red rock and blue open sky, sits the beautiful National Park Arches. If you are fond of hiking, I would certainly suggest that you visit Arches. Arches offers several miles of well kept and well paved roads. You can opt for a leisure drive and view sights from the car, or you may hop out every few hundreds yards as there is an exorbitant amount of hiking spots and vantage points to see and explore.

High points: Really cool photo spots, family friendly, clean beautiful and unique.

Lows? There really is nothing else near arches, so as soon as you are finished at the park, high tail it for somewhere more happening. Nothing to see in Mohab, or anywhere within a 50 mile radius.  

Park City, Utah

Guide of where to eat,stay, and what to see in Park City Utah.

Park City… Where to begin.

Stay? 

Hotel Park city Autograph Collection. This is a SUPERB hotel. Truly pulled out all of the stops. Gorgeous rooms, amenities, and such a down home feel. Truly recommend this hotel.

Play? 

Main street. Any restaurant that serves fondue, and the No Name Saloon for drinks of course.

Ski? 

Skiing was moderately good. Nothing to write home about.

Compared to Aspen... Much Preferred Aspen more things to do and to see, and more mountains to ski. I would definitely recommend that a one visit Park City at least once, but its not high on my list of places to revisit.

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Aspen, CO

Aspen is a must! From the incredible skiing, the fabulous luxury shopping, and the hip eateries.IMG_1656IMG_1655IMG_1627

Where to stay? Aspen Vs. Snowmass? 

This can be a difficult decision. Aspen offers more glamour, more nightlife, and a plethora of other eateries. However, Snowmass can be more affordable, and low key. It depends on the type of experience that you want to craft for yourself. If you are visiting for an Apres experience I would say opt for Aspen. However, if traveling with family, children, or simply looking for something a bit more low-key. Then chose Snowmass.

Where to shop?

Anywhere that has fur! There are two essentials for Aspen fashion. Sorel boots and a fur coat. It may be more cost effective to purchase said items prior to arrival in Aspen. However, it is also extremely fun to indulge in some local shopping. (Disclaimer: Aspen may not be Vegan or PETA friendly). Check out some of my favorite fashion pieces below.

https://www.farfetch.com/shopping/women/sorel-ankle-length-boots-item-12279011.aspx?fsb=1&storeid=9148&size=27&pid=googleadwords_int&af_channel=Search&c=871228739&af_c_id=871228739&af_siteid=&af_keywords=aud-322656065162:pla-384855391828&af_adset_id=43514615643&af_ad_id=204345266761&is_retargeting=true&gclid=CjwKCAiA-KzSBRAnEiwAkmQ156mPWINc_952hVb4RZaqatoBtDiMRYIlzWdT7-slo0BFzc99i7HypxoCElQQAvD_BwE

http://www.lastcall.com/Gorski-Fur-Trim-Wool-Capelet-Fur-Faux-Fur/prod46270410_cat13330001_cat6150001_cat000001/p.prod?icid=&searchType=EndecaDrivenCat&rte=%252Fcategory.jsp%253FitemId%253Dcat13330001%2526pageSize%253D30%2526No%253D0%2526refinements%253D&eItemId=prod46270410&cmCat=product

http://www.lastcall.com/Jocelyn-Fur-Two-Tone-Infinity-Scarf-Fur-Faux-Fur/prod47000105_cat13330001_cat6150001_cat000001/p.prod?icid=&searchType=EndecaDrivenCat&rte=%252Fcategory.jsp%253FitemId%253Dcat13330001%2526pageSize%253D30%2526No%253D0%2526refinements%253D&eItemId=prod47000105&cmCat=product

Bars? 

Zanes Tavern, Justice Snow, BellyUP, The Red Onion, Eric’s

 

Guest Blogger; Jade Freitag Social Media

A Negative Impact 💥

By: Jade Freitag

Perspectives, everyone has one. Perspectives are used to view the world around us. One way we use perspectives is looking at art. Everyone has a different view on said art. While some may view art as abstract and beautiful, others may look at it as boring and offering no value. One develops their perspective by observing the world; seeing how people act in certain scenarios. Perspectives have changed over time by social media influences. Ever since social media has been created people have been changing their views on life by thinking that they have to change their whole personality just to be “Instagram Perfect.” They focus more on the object rather than the history of how it is made. The impact perspective has had on the world is that, it can instantly be changed. One way is by social media influences. One mean comment can transform your happy feeling to a sad state. From this, you lose confidence about yourself and the only way you feel that you can build it up is via social media popularity.

In “Looking Through the Screen” by Meral Berlas, it brings up the fact that social media becomes addictive which furthers the idea that if you continuously look at what others are doing, ie. dress/act, it can influence you to change yourself because of conflict thinking, thinking you are not good enough. Furthermore, everyone is becoming self-absorbed to their device. This can negatively change a persons perspective on life because the only thing they have a care for is themselves. This impacts one’s views on life by becoming incessantly self involved. In fact, Berlas mentions, “People feel that they aren’t loved if they don’t have enough followers, or their photo only gets minimal likes.” This perpetuates the idea that when you do not get how many likes or followers you want, you become sad that you are not as popular as you wish to be. Juxtaposed, some people choose not to have such accounts because they do not want to become enslaved to their device.  Ultimately, “Looking Through the Screen,” by Meral Berlas portrays that the outcome of social media are negative to the minds of people today, causing them to recreate themselves because they have the mindset that they are not as “Picture Perfect,” as the others they see. The likes, comments, and followers helps build self-confidence, but in the same token it can have serious negative affects when those needs are not fulfilled.

Overall, social media creates a negative impact to the human brain by shifting our brains from being careless about our looks to looking at every little detail about ourselves. We then gain our confidence by social media popularity. We eventually decide to change our whole perspectives on life because we have the thought that we are not good enough. As some may think that social media is a positive environment at first, once you ponder the deeper meaning of it you start to consider the negative aspects. Social media can strongly affect your emotional condition in an instant. Social media has changed the perspective of our world today by turning confident people to those who have no self-confidence, and are constantly filling negative thoughts in their head that they are not good enough. When in reality, everyone is born different than one another for a purpose; differentially. If everyone acted the same, dressed the alike, and choose the same path in life, life would be boring. Eventually, if everyone decided they needed to change their whole outlook on life, our society would be filled with no diversity. Us humans would have nothing to look forward to since our future is already destined for us. Part of why we live to the next day is that we look forward to what the future holds for us, but if we all changed ourselves to look the same this would not happen. The threat social media poses to our world today is highly negative since our perspectives on life are extremely damaged by one single source.