Governor’s Ball 2018 Highlights

Watching live music is one of my favorite activities, yet I had never been to a full-blown music festival. Unless you count Warped Tour (which I don’t), my knowledge of the festival experience was limited to what I saw as I scrolled through my Instagram feed.

Now, I can proudly say that’s no longer the case. The first weekend of June, I flew down to New York City for Governor’s Ball, the annual music fest that takes place only a quick ferry ride away on Randall’s Island Park.

Let’s just say that three full days of nonstop music, drinks, food, and walking around is beyond exhausting and proof that I’m clinging tightly to my youth. The majority of the crowd was comprised of rowdy, drunk teenagers who spent more time posing for selfies than they did actually watching the artists. Thankfully with acts in the lineup like Third Eye Blind and Gaslight Anthem, there was still a decent-size older crowd (that was much calmer, might I add).

Would I do a full 3-day festival again? My wallet and body would like me to vehemently say no. What I would consider doing in the future is buying a single-day wristband to see a handful of artists on my radar.

Despite the exhaustion and the shrieking teens, it was a fun weekend packed with a number of highlights. Below are just a few snapshots, which will hopefully entice you to attend a music festival of your own at least once.

governor's ball balloon tree
Obligatory music fest photoshoot. By the end of the weekend, most of these balloons had deflated from the heat.

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NYC Restaurants: Two Places to Get Boozy in the City

If there’s one city that I’ll always jump at the chance to travel to, it’s New York. There’s just something about the constant hustle and bustle, the glow of the billboards and shop signs at night, and the gusts of wind that blow up from the subway grates that excite me to no end. There seems to always be new things that I discover every time I make a trip, and that’s probably why I keep coming back time and time again.

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Rooftop view of New York City taken during my second weekend there.

So for two weekends in a row last month, I ventured into the city with my study abroad roommates for much anticipated mini reunions. Since leaving Prague in May 2015, we’ve made it a point to see each other whenever the opportunity presents itself. Right now, we’re averaging a reunion every six months, and I think that’s pretty good considering two of them live out west.

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