7.30.2014

Tomorrowland 2014: The Best Thing Ever


The Tomorrowland 2014 Recap
I'm starting with Tomorrowland because well, it's the freshest on my mind since I ended my trip here. In case you're new here, this was my third trek to Tomorrowland, the largest, most anticipated (and best) electronic dance music festival in the world. It's held in the quaint town of Boom, in Belgium, but the festival promises an imaginative and elaborate set up. This year's festival was the 10th anniversary so they decided to go over the top crazy; it did not disappoint.
 View of the festival Grounds from the Ferris Wheel:
Tomorrowland Layout

Whether you like dance music or not, this festival is one of the best experiences you can have. All 15 stages were ornately decorated, sparing no expense with technology and effort. The fireworks are the best I've seen - it's like the 4th of July on steroids and that mixed with the music is a wonderful experience. Here's a look at some of the Tomorrowland 2014 stages:
Tomorrowland 2014 stages

For the 10th anniversary, some new things were introduced this year. The bracelets, for one, could be connected to Facebook by pressing the heart button you could add friends. They also had light up sensors on either side and would blink and light up with the music played at night.
Tomorrowland 2014 Bracelets
Don't ask me why I added my url to some photos and not others. I still haven't caught up on sleep.

They also brought in food from around the globe and even included a restaurant! I'm always shocked at how cheap the food and drinks are. I'd say this year was a little bit more expensive but then it was also more gourmet.
Tomorrowland 2014 Food and Drink
Michael and I split the fried noodles with chicken.

The main stage was the largest it's every been, in the middle was a face that could talk and also turned into a screen that would show the artist performing or scanned the crowd. On the sides were spinning levers and steam could blow through the top and below the DJ booth. Fountains on either side, a trampoline for performers to bounce on, and details like bi-focals that came down between each DJ set.  On the right there was even a functioning waterwheel.

Tomorrowland Main Stage
There were of course pyrotechnics galore and lasers that shot into the sky and through the crowd.
The Tomorrowland Main Stage "bowl" itself can hold about 80,000-100,000 people and at night it was completely filled, with no green spots in sight. Here's a look at Friday's main stage during Martin Garrix's set:
tomorrowland 2014 main stage martin garrix
And here's a look at night with the fireworks!
Tomorrowland 2014 Main Stage Fireworks
 I'm certain that no other stage in the world could compare.


Since I decided to condense this recap into one post, I thought I'd break down some of my favorite moments that happened over the course of the three day weekend.

Tomorrowland 2014 Favorites:

Favorite Musical Moment: Hands down my favorite was when Avicii played "Dear Boy". I must have told Michael 100 times that he won't play that song, but if he does I will literally die. Michael recorded me simultaneously singing and crying while the song played.

Tomorrowland 2014 Avicii
Favorite New Act: Netsky. I'd heard of Netsky before but I had no idea he was a Belgium born DJ. He took over main stage on Saturday night and we decided to stick around and listen to him. When he began his set with "Nobody to Love" I knew he was a keeper.

Favorite Duo: Harwell and Tiesto's set. Arguably the two biggest DJ's in the world, who have never played before, come together for an epic ending on Saturday night. Cascading steam and fireworks and the DJs jumped and danced and hugged and spun out the hits.
Hardwell and Tiesto Tomorrowland 2014

Favorite Moment: For me personally, my favorite moment was when I got to go backstage and be interviewed by Studio Brussels. Walking past the tents and set up it was a different world. I glanced over my shoulder and saw Steve Aoki and my interview was between talking with Hardwell and David Guetta. I had no idea what questions would be asked. Just sat in a chair, was handed a microphone and headset and in 5 minutes we were live on the air! I talk about Tomorrowland so much on this blog and it's pretty fun that I get to share that passion.
Tomorrowland Studio Brussels

Tomorrowland has basically become my Christmas. I anticipate it and count down the days all year. When it finally arrives I'm always in disbelief that it's actually happened and overwhelmed with joy. When it's over I feel a tinge of sadness but always have next year to look forward to. Instead of dressing in red and green I don my most electric neon.
Neon Tomorrowland

The best thing about it really is the people. Over 200 countries coming together, despite differences, to dance and drink and eat and sing. I get to go every year with my husband. We hold hands, we run around like kids, and we share the common bond of a love for the music.
Tomorrowland 2014

Thanks for 3 years of magical madness Tomorrowland!
Tomorrowland through the years


Check out Tomorrowland 2013 Friday, Saturday and Sunday or my 2012 Tomorrowland review!
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7.29.2014

Reality Bites

I woke up this morning, glanced up at the ceiling, and yelled at Michael: "We're not in Europe!" It feels surreal to be back even though I know it's only been 11 days. That may seem like nothing to you, but to me, it feels like forever. It also helps that I only averaged 3.7 hours of sleep per night, so our days were really, really long. I fully intend on recapping the whole trip once I have a solid 8 hours under my belt. And once I can form more coherent sentences.

But, there are a few things to note:
I'm writing this as I drink a large ice water, which apparently there is a shortage of ice going on in Europe. I know this because the guy in our Hostel in Prague told us. I find that both odd and humorous and I really love ice.
I am proud to say I didn't gain an ounce of weight while abroad even though I ate like crazy. I had my fitbit with me and at least 5 of the days we walked over 35,000 steps.

Although, I can't tell you the exact amount because on Friday night at the festival someone stole it! I wish that I was joking. Michael's wallet was also pick-pocketed the same night, but luckily they just took the money and threw the wallet out. We were out €70 but at least he has his ID and credit cards. Sometimes people really suck.

I think I could easily see myself living in Prague. 3 days was not even close to enough to see everything.

The first day in Prague I noticed my leg getting red and itchy. I contracted some type of rash that has luckily gone away, but it seems I can't leave Europe without some type of bodily souvenir. But this is my favorite souvenir:

Traveling with boys is gross, weird, fun, and awesome. I was never scared of getting mugged on the street or lack of opinions on where to eat next.

I went way over my international data usage. I thought I was only going to use it when I was around wifi, which I did, until Tomorrowland. I was being interviewed by Studio Brussels and I had to find out where to meet them next so I had to check my email and give them a call. For the future, if you call AT&T (or probably any carrier) in advance, it's $30 to get an international plan.
I could post about 182 times about how awesome Tomorrowland was this year. It was/is the best festival/production/fairytale music event ever in the history of things. But I won't post that many times. I promise.
I took this picture with my phone! I can't wait to see how the ones with the real camera turned out!

Now I better face reality and also see all the celeb gossip that I missed. Just kidding. I'm going to go take a nap.

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7.28.2014

First World Problems

Did you miss me? Good. Keep on missing. I'm still in Europe. Tomorrow I will be back in the USA and I don't want to be back. 11 days is just too short. Since I'm complaining, let's talk about First World Problems shall we? I obviously shouldn't be complaining at all as I'm in Europe and attending a music festival. But then again, if I didn't, then Hima might not have anything to write about, ya know? 
Hey y'all! I'm Hima, from Hima Hearts, and Helene is letting me take over this blog for the day while she is out gallivanting across Europe (thanks girl!). Here's the deal: Hima Hearts is my happiness project, only with a little less class and a lot more sass. On any given day you'll find music, humor, food, or just general inspiration on my blog, so you're sure to enjoy it!
That's me, in case you hadn't realized.
Lately I've been trying to figure out if all of my struggles are real, or if I'm just the most easily annoyed person on the planet, so check out my list of first world problems and let me know if there are any I have missed or any you completely agree with

First World Problems: 

+your song" being played on the radio and becoming the world's most popular song. This happened to me with Lorde and Royals. I was so mad.

+having a single black hair tie on your wrist in most pictures taken of you because ain't nobody got time for arm candy or doing their hair (ummm, double whammy?)

+when you take 12093821039 pictures and SOMEONE closes their eyes in every. single. one.

+have ever gotten "just a trim" which turns out to be incredibly short

+your computer dying but your charger being really far away

+stubbing your toes and the general feeling of anger at the world that results

+Getting a Snapchat screenshot notification. Hello, blackmail material. 

+having to set 5 alarms because you're definitely not waking up with just one. Oh yeah, and setting your phone on the other side of the room because your snooze reflex is too good to have your phone next to you

+When your hair is perfect at night, but looks like a gorilla finger-combed it in the morning

+When NONE of the Instagram filters can make your photo look good.

+singing the lyrics to a song wrong, out loud

So, what's the verdict? Am I a crybaby, or can any of y'all relate? Head over to my blog and let me know! Thank you to Helene for letting me take over for the day!

xo, Hima
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