So I returned from Paradiso (and edm festival in Eastern Washington) on Sunday and was literally too exhausted to even think about blogging about it until this morning which left editing this blog to this afternoon and posting it…well this evening. Lets just say staying up past
one in the morning ten at night, is pretty difficult for me. Most nights I’ve made it through a full REM cycle by 10:30 so I think that gives you a pretty good idea of what two late nights in a row can do to a girl like me. So I took Sunday and monday to (grumpily) recover.
Paradiso was BY far the best rave I’ve ever attended although I’m sure Electric Daisy Carnival and Tomorrowland would have topped it (but barely…or maybe a lot). I don’t want to make anyone too jealous by ranting and raving for paragraphs and pages (although I totally could) .
Am I going next year?!
Paradiso in nutshell:
I am way too much of a diva for camping at the gorge. Give me a tent out in nature and I’m happy as a clam, give me a tent in a field of randos under the hot sun and two hour lines to shower in a truck and I start to feel like I’m living in a creepy commune…but after a night of 90 degree weather, self tanner, glitter hairspray and dancing…a shower is worth the two hour wait #humanagain
Choosing my festival wardrobe is obviously my favorite part of the process. I love playing dress up and that’s probably never going to stop. Sadly, the week leading up to Paradiso was unusually hectic as I had long work days, two tests and a ton of homework…so obviously (and sadly) those things took priority. I wanted to dedicate every spare moment to creating the perfect mermaid costume, I really did but as econ 102 has taught me, resources are scarce and the days before Paradiso flew by. My outfits weren’t exactly up to my usual rave standards especially since my mermaid costume fell apart within moments of walking through the (no reentrance) gates. Since I was determined to have a good time I tried not loose my sense of humor about the situation. #hotglueprobz
I’m going to be honest I really wasn’t sure who was who on the set list because I’m one of those people that everyone hates that just goes to dance and dress up and doesn’t really care who is performing #sorrynotsorry
But guess what?! All of that changed and I actually discovered people that I actually really like, if I can keep this up I’m not going to have to sputter off random made up names every time anyone asks me who I’m excited to see at a rave! And I’ve been listening to edm every possible moment since then as I attempt to pretend I’m still there.
Before the weekend, Jeff and I went grocery shopping for yummy snacks we could bring in and avoid buying over priced unhealthy greasy fair type food (we’re talking $7.50 for that slice of pizza I’m eating…$14 for a Margarita).Well news flash, after dancing I’m the hot sun for five hours straight and if you have the choice between a ziploc bag filled with almonds and dried fruit or a slice of overpriced pizza…you’re going to choose the pizza, at least I did.
There were rides and vendors and cute little festival experiences (like an inflatable waterslide). Most of the rides were too terrifying for me to attempt as I have an immense fear of both carnival workers and those traveling pull apart fold up rides, but I did manage to check out the Ferris wheel. It was scary but the view from the top made it completely worth it!
The best part of the weekend was of course the beautiful friends I was able to share my time with. Everyone was super low key and laid back and even dealt with my princess melt downs when things didn’t Go according to plan, who could ask for more?
Oh wait, there’s actually one more thing I could ask for. Now that the magic of Paradiso is over I’d really like to keep it going, I’ve been daydreaming about unicorns and other magical creatures nonstop.
P.S. I was sad to learn that there were several people hospitalized and even one death at Paradiso this weekend. At first I didn’t want to mention it, as it seemed like a damper on what was such a fun and positive experience however I think it is important to recognize the reality of what can happen at these types of events when both legal and illegal substances (including alcohol) are ingested in such extreme conditions. It is so important to take care of your body and know exactly what you are putting into it. I am so grateful all of my friends are safe, as well as the vast majority of the 25,000+ attendees.