Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Coachella weekend 2

So right now I'm horrifically jet-lagged after a long 24 hours of travelling home from the greatest festival in California. After camping out in the desert (without a sleeping mat, hence a sore back) and falling asleep in the sun resulting in severe sunburn, I have had one of the best weekends of my life.
Day 1
We awoke in a 5* resort hotel after being stranded at night and not being able to make it to set up camp. It was worth the money trust me. After travelling to the lake campsite and setting up, we hitched a lift to the festival. First off, there was no mud which was wonderful to see compared to back home. Secondly, it seemed that 90% of the festival goers were relatively sober, probably due to the 36C heat. After seeing a little bit of Bastille and Aloe Blacc we went straight to the front for Ellie Goulding, who may I say, truly outdid herself. It was weirdly satisfying to see her get emotional from the crowd. Next was Martin Garrix, and Girl Talk, who I'd never heard of but really got the crowd going. Finally Outkast came out, and after hearing rumors they were 'disappointing' I can say that rumor was a pile of bullshit. Maybe not on top form like they were years ago but their set was unreal.
Day 2
8am awoken. No alarm clock, just stifling heat. We go to shower which we find out you need quarters for. Being tourists we only have cash and no taxi drivers carry change. Brilliant, no showers for us then. Our camping neighbors were kind enough to provide us with ice, and we sat pre-drinking in front of the lake for a good 4 hours before we set off the the festival... As soon as we got in we shoved our faces with pizza being the drunks we were, and went to the cleanest festival toilets I've ever seen. The Coachella toilets have seat covers. You don't get them at 5* hotels here! Highlights were Pharrell Williams (JAY-Z CAME OUT), MGMT and Fat Boy Slim.
Day 3 FINAL DAY nooooo
We did not want to leave. Again we pre-drank happily, and set off with a lift from some camping friends, never have I ever been so boiling hot in all my life. The great thing about Coachella is they have free water you refill all day, and all plastic and food packaging is recycled. We saw a bit of AlunaGeorge, Rudimental and John Newman before seeing Calvin Harris who was unbelievable, and Disclosure who surprised the crowd with Mary J Blige, and Lana Del Ray. We were sad to leave, but after breathing in so much dust, we had become ill and run down. I will definitely have to visit again in a couple of years, and I would definitely recommend a hotel rather than camping in the sweltering heat. 
DAY ONE

View from our camping, love my fat foot.

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Hollywood isn't so Hollywood...

So two weeks ago now, I jetted off with one of my best friends Lauren, to a week of sightseeing in Hollywood and surrounding area, to then go to Coachella. I've had the best time, but I thought before I do a generic 'Coachella review' post I'd tell you some realities of what I saw.

The gap between the rich and poor in Hollywood is big. As we walked from our hostel to the walk of fame (5 minutes away), we walked past several homeless, with all their personal belongings in a bin bag, and suddenly I felt a pang of guilt I'd spent so much on such a materialistic holiday, when these people had literally nothing. There seems to be a large number of people homeless, more than anywhere else I've ever been. Young girls, no more than 22/23 homeless and begging, or a guy with a sign saying 'homeless veteran trying to get money to go home so I can get back on my feet' (call me naive but that one really got me). It seems in Hollywood you either have it or don't, with the glamorous atmosphere turning dark at night.