Went to Palm Springs - Hated it
So many lies, so little time!
I don't hate Palm Springs. I was there just a few weeks ago, remember? Palm Springs is great! I'm not even a hater. I'm a lover. Also, my dear friends Alex and Erin rent a house there a few months out of the year to get some peace and quiet to work. No clue why they invite me, though. I'm not quiet at all. I speak loud, laugh loud and break glasses. All the time! I've probably broken all of their wine glasses. Twice! But I guess they love me. Some people do!
Talita, Mariel and I drove down from LA Friday afternoon. Got hit from behind by another car almost immediately as we got to the freeway. Saw my life passing by in slow motion - I'm very dramatic in that sense. (Not really, but four days earlier I had a car driving into the house I was staying in. Cops, neighbors and curious onlookers rushed to the scene - and the poor stupid Norwegian girl, with no driving license, had to try to explain what happened in her broken english! But that's a totally different story).
Anyways, we all survived, hugged it out with the guy who tried to kill us, thanked baby Jesus for looking out for us, and agreed that it had been a great start to the weekend. Not because of the car crash, but because we didn't die. Alex and Erin gave us a warm welcome with a big glass of alcoholic beverage as soon as we stepped into their house. They're very close friends and knew exactly what we needed. Cheers to that!
The first night, we ordered food to the house and sat outside by the pool, drinking wine and catching up on each others life. (Not to brag or anything, but mine is probably the most interesting one.. Just sayin'). Palm Springs is in the middle of the desert, so it's super hot during the summer, but perfect and fresh to chill outside all night under the stars. It was such a beautiful night - so happy I did't die in the car crash earlier that day.
Saturday morning'ish, the temperature was 104 F/40 C. As soon as we woke up we jumped into the pool and ate breakfast at the inflatable male models. That's based on the true story, but also very close to reality! It was basically too hot to move around any other place than under water. Talita and I did manage to go into town (in a air-conditioned uber) for lunch though. But the streets were almost empty and we were the only people sitting outside because of the heat!
In the evening we had another friend coming to stay with us, and we all went out eating dinner at this really cozy restaurant Birba. They have a big outdoor patio with a great ambiance, so Alex didn't cry even once. And that's a milestone for him!
Ended the night back at the house, in the pool. #SueUs
If you go to Palm Springs, I will also recommend to visit the beautiful national park, Joshua Tree. The landscape is amazing with super cool rock formations and the famous Joshua Trees in the middle of the desert. A perfect place to camp for the night with a group of friends, family or your boyfriend/girlfriend. I've only been there on a day trip myself, but would love to go back and spend the night under the stars.
In 2016, I also visited the Salton Sea, California's largest sea that sadly is drying up and threatens nearby communities with clouds of toxic dust.
That year they arranged the Bombay Beach Biennale at the shores of Salton Sea for the first time. This renegade gathering is a celebration of and for the locals, artists, creators and volunteers who are trying to transform Bombay Beach into a newly relevant year-round cultural destination. Academics, artists, entertainers, and locals are invited to join the Biennale and create amazing installations and work that explore themes and conversations around the concept "The art of decay." Also worth to check out!