For the past ten days I have been a vegan on the road. Planes, trains and a Ford Focus took us to two countries and 2 states, too many cities to count, with enough water and granola bars to feed a small country. The heat was, well –hot and the beer was, well–warm. But the music was sonic wonder and the dancing, uncontrollable.
First Stop: LA, There’s nothing like a hike up the Hollywood Hills as soon as you step off a plane.
A hike up the Hollywood Hills deserves a meal right? Right! We hit up the famous raw and vegan Cafe Gratitude thanks to a recommendation made by my friend Lyndsy Fonseca. You are right girl! That place was the bomb diggity! One round of Raw Tacos, one Mushroom Veggie Burger, and one Raw Coconut Cream Pie a la mode later…
Second Stop: VEGAS and not pronounced like most normal humans beings do, no here in Cando & Saralicious land we pronounced it with a hard “a” and “g” …. VAGas. Yup juuuust to be vulgar.
The trip started out as most do, with some Queen, air guitar and really poor singing…
After a hard day of travelling we decided the pool and some larger than life tequila’s were in order. If you’ve ever wondered what $50 in tequila looks like, there you have it! Thanks for the highway robbery Aria !
After a little sight seeing, drinks, unsuccessful gambling, burnt tits, a huge trip to Walmart, and one horrible, debilitating hangover, we hop back in the Focus and make our way to Indio, California.
Third Stop: COACHELLA Indio, California –110 degrees. 36 bands, 3 bottles of sun screen, 4 hats, five cases of beer, 2 cases of water, a baby pool, 2 meals, and no sleep — This is Coachella.
Like any other roadtrip we take, we like to keep ourselves occupied with car tunes, air drums and made up songs about absolutely nothing…
It’s hard to give a top 5 in terms of performances as they were all so different and I had such different experiences at each but here is my loose list of top 5′s, in no particular order (most likely to change again by tomorrow).
2. St. Vincent
Even as I look at that I am recalling allllll the other incredible acts… but that list will have to do for now.
If you missed out, here is the full lineup … if you haven’t been to a festival get off your ass and go to at least one! And none of this Ottawa’s Bluesfest shit, a REAL music festival!
And with this I leave you a picture of my dirt stained feet (seriously, they’re still filthy!) and a clip of Sara playing air Metallica.
I have wanted to attend Coachella since I first heard about the festival in 1999. The 1999 lineup consisted of Rage Against the Machine, Tool, Ben Harper, Modest Mouse and Beck, just to name a few. As years passed, I was either in school, broke, or just never had anyone that was serious about going with me. There was always a lot of talk and no action. As I started my 20s I made a promise to myself. No regrets, act now, think later. I told myself I was not going to go through life missing out on the experiences I wanted to include in my biography later on down the road. Even if I had to do them by myself… which I do quite often, with no money, and no plan. Luckily I met someone who is as spontaneous and wild as I am. Yeah, you know I’m talking about you Saralicious.
The first step to this was moving out, the second was picking up and heading to Toronto, driving to Chicago for Lollapalooza, and starting this blog. (If you haven’t watched the video from last year, here it is…) So Get ready for videos, pictures and tweets from my week down in the U S of A … you knows it’s going to be filled with #shitsarasays and tons of stories about yours truly causing heaps of trouble.
In less than 24 hours we’re going on a road trip kids! First LA, then Vegas than Coachella Valley. So keep your eyes open for updates and vegan tips while on the road. See ya on the flip side kids!
EEEEEEEeeee so excited!