Ashville, N.C.

Many of my readers are from North Carolina and are most likely well acquainted with Ashville. If you’re not, it’s a trendy town in the mountains, a place where you might find a hipster or two in the abundance of vintage record stores. Lots of vegan restaurants, Subarus, and hippies–you get the picture.

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Last Friday, my friend and I dipped out of school early to drive up there. We wanted to go to the Blue Ridge Parkway, but after our two-hour car jam sesh, we saw it was closed. Instead, we found a side road next to a mountain and decided to go exploring.

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After exploring some backroads and almost getting kidnapped in the woods (long story), we drove to the hotel. We met up with her fam downtown and grabbed dinner at Red Ginger which was amazing. We ate dessert on this old double-decker bus that has been permanently parked next to some buildings in the city and converted into a coffee shop. Eventually, we went back to our hotel for some night swimming and deep talks.

IMG-1979.JPGThe next morning, we grabbed breakfast (though it looks more like dessert) at a restaurant that only serves biscuits! These are like donut holes except they’re the texture of biscuits. Delicious.

We headed to a skate park so I could ya know, ride my skateboard and stuff. Just kidding! We went there for my friend’s brother, but it ended up being such a serendipitous experience because there was all this beautiful graffiti covering the buildings. The art was so captivating; my favorite was this wall.

DSC05488.jpgI’m not going to lie: I feel like I look really silly in this picture, but it’s the best one of the wall I had.

 

Later, we went to downtown and shopped. That’s when I decided that it was a good idea to buy a forty dollar, 3 tier box of Valentine’s Day chocolates to eat myself. Turns out, it was not a good idea. Also, I dropped some money on a hat that’s not really appropriate to wear in public (unless you enjoy getting looks of disapproval from strangers). All in all, I think I made some really great decisions. We made a quick stop at the Grove Park Inn and then headed home.

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For only 1 1/2 days, we actually packed in a lot of activity. Happi Traveler 🙂

Until next time,

Morgan

 

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Feeling Comfortable

If you know me, you are most likely aware that I love art. If not, now you know. For a while now, I’ve come across art on Pinterest with a certain kind of cartoonish style that really appeals to my eye. After searching, I discovered some of the people who created these pictures. Their names are Yaoyao Ma Van As, Pascal Campion, Mehrdad Isvand, and Emmy Cicierega. Turns out, Mehrdad Isvand works for Walt Disney Animation Studio and was involved in the creation of Moana (one of my favorite animated movies). What makes their pieces so appealing is the sense of comfort and safety in all of the images. In addition, I am probably the “targeted audience” of these pieces since most of them portray young women who seem to spend a generous amount of time alone or in the company of animals. This art exudes happiness and peace in everyday life; It’s a nice change from most of the deep and contemplative art that typically attracts me. Here is some of their work:

Yaoyao Ma Van As

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Yaoyao Ma Van As is my favorite of these artists because her pictures focus on young women who enjoy spending time alone. I feel like many people assume that people who like to be alone are not happy, and this dispells that belief. She’s also a vegan and animal lover. You can buy her prints on the website https://www.yaoyaomavanas.com/prints/

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Pascal Campion

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Mehrdad Isvandi 

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Emmy Cicierega

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This is only one style of art that interests me, and if you’d like to see more art, you can check out my Art board on Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/morganspangler0/art/ I’m not all that active on Pinterest, but my Art board is regularly updated because I use bits and pieces of things I find on there as inspiration for my own work. Let me know if you guys enjoy learning about art or if you prefer I stick to my other usual topics.

Until next time,

Morgan

P.S.

If you watch T.V, you most likely have heard of a new show called A.P. Bio. It aired February 1st and I just watched the first three episodes on Demand. (Not really sure how three episodes are already out, to be honest). It’s so hilarious and I can already tell it’s going to be my new obsession. It’s about an ex-Harvard philosophy professor seeking revenge on his arch-nemesis while teaching A.P. Bio at a high school without ever really teaching. So, if you’re into that sort of thing, you should try watching it.