This past weekend, I went on my first road trip sans parents. My friend Emily and I headed down to the Bay Area to see Panic! at the Disco play in Oakland. We decided to get a head start, hitting the road about 8 am and arriving in Berkeley around 1:30. After a little food and shopping, we decided to visit the botanical gardens at UC Berkeley.
Then, we continued to head up the mountain and got completely lost in the search for steam trains in Tilden Park. We eventually arrived at the closed building but we were rewarded with an amazing view of the Bay Area. It was absolutely spectacular. We could see everything from downtown Berkeley to the Golden Gate Bridge.
Once the sun set, we headed over to Oakland for the concert. The Fox Theater was packed. Panic! at the Disco definitely pulled out all the stops. Brendon Urie's high notes were amazing and the atmosphere was just fantastic. I absolutely love seeing a band perform. Unlike listening to a CD or watching a movie, at a concert or show, you are sharing an experience with the artist rather than just enjoying what they made. When Panic! played 'I Write Sins Not Tragedies', the joy on the band's face as we sang louder than them was fantastic. Brendon actually stopped singing and just listened to us. It was so wonderful to see us, the viewer, make the band as happy as they make us.
I am incredibly happy that I was able to take this trip. It was really exciting to be both without my parents and outside of my normal environment. This was my first trip entirely independent and without much of a plan. The fact that it went so well makes me more confident about the rest of the new experiences coming up this year. Also, I'm already planning to go back in late July to see the Neighborhood!