denver day 1

It's funny to think that I lived in Aspen for an entire year and once I moved back to Minneapolis, I finally managed to make it to Denver. Let me tell you - it did not disappoint.

Within an hour of stepping off the plane, my partner in crime and I were driving around and upon her suggestion, decided on getting tattoos. It was a rainy day and we were (apparently) feeling spontaneous. In one moment we had made our decision and in the next I was sitting in the chair, getting prepped. Tattoos are only for life, right? We went to Old Larimer Street Tattoo, a little shop in (what I believe) is just east of the heart of downtown Denver. If you're ever feeling spontaneous - and you happen to be in Denver - check it out. I'm no tattoo expert and I didn't get anything crazy complicated, but it's got a special vibe and what seems like a cool group of guys working there.

After a couple glasses of wine and some stand up comedy routines on Netflix, we decided to pry ourselves off the couch and try our chances of getting into a sold out Matt Nathanson concert. Allison, a die-hard fan, convinced me to continue the spontaneity and give it a go. I was tired from traveling and in a slight food coma after beer and burgers, but as I almost always do when I'm initially reluctant, I ended up having a blast. God, Matt Nathanson is a babealicious babe. He could have just stood (literally, just stood) up there for two hours instead of playing music and you would have heard zero complaints from me. He's quite the comedian too. He has got some great albums but there's nothing quite like the real deal - it was a great reminder that I need to get more into the live music scene. The show was at the Larimer Lounge, a pretty divey venue, but it was small so it made for an intimate couple of hours.

I didn't have time to explore the area around the Larimer Lounge, but it's definitely on the list for my next visit to Denver. There are some pretty phenomenal graffiti murals in that area - it seems to be a pretty artsy, funky area of town.