Last week, my friend and I headed down to Kansas City to see Odesza in concert. KC is only three hours from DSM, so it's the perfect destination for a day trip. And besides being a stellar person, Haverlee also happens to be a super talented photographer and she was kind enough to bring her camera along for the ride.
We're both a really nice mixture of introvert/extrovert and after talking non-stop in the car for three hours, we needed some quiet time/solitude. I'd heard good things about Monarch Coffee via Instagram (where else?!?!) so that was our first stop of the day. It was a win/win with beautiful vibes and delicious coffee.
I used to be obsessed with finding all the best coffee shops in whichever town I happened to be visiting, but since HLC opened in Des Moines, I've sort of calmed down on that front. Now I just want to take things slow and visit one place for a long stretch of time.
When we first arrived, the booths with the floral wallpaper were all taken #sad but once one become available, we snagged it instantaneously because #Instagram. Obviously, I had my favorite book in tow and I spent a good hour reading it while sipping my latte and watching the cool people of KC. Seriously, it's only three hours from DSM but the style/vibe of the people is so different. How? Why? Is it rubbing off on me?
After Monarch, we headed over to Port Fonda for margs and tacos, and then drove out to the concert. GUYS, IT WAS UNBELIEVABLE. Literally there were, like, five consecutive songs where I could not believe my eyes due to the lights, vocals, and the visuals. They all created this cohesive experience that I can truly say was unlike anything I've ever been apart of. Haverlee and I kept screaming over the bass, "This is crazy. I will never be able to explain how awesome this was!" In lieu of empty words, check out the video below.
If you need some solid KCMO recommendations, Pleasant St. did a roundup two summers ago. You can read that guide here. And if you ever get a chance to see Odesza - GO! GO! GO! I'm already contemplating seeing them again when they're in Lincoln.