A mishmash of impressions

Dear travellers, the time has come.

It’s time we hit the road and bid farewell to lovely Colorado. Before we do that, though, I’d like to mention, honorary style, some of the things we saw that I have not managed to include in the previous posts.

So, in nor particular order, I present  you a mishmash* of impressions.

First off, I’ve already mentioned how delighted we were to discover that there’s tons of quality craft beers in the States, as long as you’re interested. Well, that impression was confirmed in Boulder – a cosy town with a very European feel about it. Now, when I say cosy that doesn’t mean we didn’t still need to drive from home to the city centre, but once we got there, it was so much fun.
IMG_20140420_203345There’s a really cool pedestrian street with little sculptures, rocks, fake soft rocks and other stuff kids can play around, and also quite a few bars for the adults to have fun at. Although we enjoyed the kid stuff, too  😀IMG_20140420_203917

IMG_20140420_204302Speaking of fun, at least a few of you must have thought about this already – yes, weed is legal in the State of Colorado. Yes, we had that in mind when we headed that way. (No, that’s not the reason we went) And yes, we did take advantage of what they had to offer.

First of all, I have to say the organisation is pretty cool. For those of you who might be wondering, it’s nothing like going into a coffee shop in Amsterdam. There’s no smoking in those establishments, for one, so you don’t pass through the obligatory cloud of second-hand smoke, strong enough to get you high before you’ve reached the counter.  There’s a front room where they check your ID (passport, if you’re a foreigner) and you can browse “the menu” while you wait for someone to come get you and bring you into the back room. I felt weird taking a picture, plus I wasn’t sure I was allowed to, so you’ll have to trust me when I tell you the menu was really cool – a large blackboard, covered in colourful writing with chalk; had a hippy vibe to it, and not just because there were opiates on there 😀

Now the back room I’m pretty sure was forbidden to photograph, but it was exactly what the sample room at Charlie’s Chocolate Factory would probably look like if he were only doing weed. Come on, you can’t tell me you think that guy is not on some serious stuff! I have two words for you: Oompa Loompas. Exactly 😉

The big bright room wall-to-wall shelves 1604763_10203014839788027_8799031755571043376_nfull of big glass jars, which in their turn were full of all kinds of stuff: chocolate, cookies, gummy bears, lollipops, and so on, and so forth. There was, of course, weed in its standard forms of buds and hash and such, but we were there to try something new. We had a chat with the nice lady who served us – I, about her Nightmare Before Christmas tats, among other things – and we settled on a pack of gummi bears and her personal recommendation, Cookies & Cream chocolate bar (above).

The gummi bears came in an even more inconspicuous packaging. Neither tasted anything likeIMG_20140420_032305 weed – or Cannamilk, if you’re into it – but both had a pretty solid effect, hahah. We combined the bears with some craft beers and some live music at a bar and it turned out great. A couple of beers later, we had to get some food too, but we had to find a new bar anyway, so it was all going smoothly. So where do we go next? A Bavarian style pub, haha. It’s only funny if you keep in mind I live next door to Bavaria and Swiss sausages are not all that different from German ones.

Which is why I didn’t have a run-of-the-mill bratwurst, but a jackalope one instead; not bad. Next time, I’m going for a unicorn burger, so let me know if you spot that on a menu! 🙂

And speaking of food… Remember how IMG_20140420_214751I was impressed with the amount of active, athletic people in Colorado? Well, they’re not just healthy in what they’re doing, apparently they like their organic stuff too. And they do that in a fun way too.

Check out this magazine and its brilliant cover –>

If anthropomorphising doesn’t get kids to eat their veggies, I don’t know what will :)))

Ok, this is the end the food talk, because I don’t know about you, but I’m getting hungry, and there are no munchies involved this time.

One last thing about Boulder pubs – this one pub had a sign that most pubs should have, and probably in a language you’re sure everyone would understand:

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“Political debates prohibited”

Why these guys had it in Czech and German, I’m not quite sure, but it might have something to do with the band by the same name I found 🙂

Moving on to… moving. Or how we saw a house move. Or be moved, to be more precise.

Disclaimer for Americans: some stereotypes are about to be mentioned, so if you’re touchy about the portrayal of Americans on some media, skip the next paragraph. Or two 🙂

So, you, non-American people who have at any point been exposed to enough American movies and TV shows, know how a good part of the US population live in cardboard houses (or particleboard, or something with the same structural stability anyway). I’ve happened to wonder how you chose to live in a house like that, and is it easier to let go of the home you’ve created in it if you ever have to move, only because it seems a little less house-y than a brick-and-mortar house.

Apparently, you don’t have to let go, because you can take the whole thing with you!

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All you need is a truck (with some looong-ass side view mirrors) and you’re on your way. Sounds like a neat idea for a long camping trip too – no need for packing and wondering what to leave behind, no need for camping gear either.

The only problem I foresee is parking. IMG_20140421_195019Especially if the payment has to be done like this:

This is the strangest parking-payment-machine-like… I’m not sure what to call it, but it cannot be from this century :))) No offence intended, it must be very old and I wonder if I should congratulate Colorado Springs on maintaining this piece of history so well, or on being too lazy to change it 🙂

I think that’s all I’ve deemed worth writing about from this part of the trip. Let me know if you think it’s too much or too little of anything, I’d love to get some feedback on these stories of mine.

Next up – a whole lot of rocks and desert! Hope you like sand 🙂

xx, y.

*Mishmash, accidentally, is the name of a Bulgarian dish made with roasted peppers, eggs, and white cheese – it’s delicious, just make sure you deseed the peppers 😉

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About Yoanna Novakova

Yoanna is a reader, writer, traveller, concert goer, hiker, drinker, thinker and, of late... a blogger. She's currently doing a lot of travel writing (obviously), but fiction, fantasy and life-writing all have a representative in her portfolio. A reader of varied tastes, she's even been called "strange" for enjoying Stephen King and Terry Pratchett alike. In her pre-teen years, she used to be the kid who'd re-read her favourite books over and over again. Now she knows life is just too short for that. Always reading more than one book at a time, always writing more than one project at a time, she is yet to find her perfect pace. But she's working on it!
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