I’m currently in Colorado, first to go on adventure in the mountains with a friend and second to attend IDDS.

I spent a bit of time in Colorado when I was younger, always in winter and always to ski. I was too young to really take note of the differences between Western and Eastern US culture. Now that I’m back and I’m older, these differences are more striking. Nearly everyone is into outdoor activities (running, biking, hiking, climbing), more people prefer organic food, most people have piercings or tattoos, and the vibe is much more laid back. Someone who is called a “hippie” on the East Coast is just normal here.

For the first time in quite a while, I’m in a place where nearly everyone is like me.

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