Daily Archives: April 6, 2010

Denver

Ivan and I checked out of the motel on April 3, 2010.  I started driving at 11:25 am.  Ivan got a call while we driving.  He left his laptop cord in the room in Lamar.  The owner (the husband) said that he could mail it to us.  Ivan said he would call back when we have an address in Breckenridge.

We stopped at 1:15 pm at a McDonald’s.  We had a bathroom break and used the free wi-fi.

Ivan started driving about 2:40 pm.  We arrived at the couchsurfer’s house in Denver, Colorado at 3:08 pm.

We met Travis, the couchsurfer we’d be staying with for two nights.  He’s a friendly guy who lives to ride motorcycles.  He has a huge map of the USA.  It has little flags on it.  The flags have a name of where the couchsurfers who stayed with him are from.

We drove downtown and walked around 16th Street mall.  Ivan needed a new jacket.  We checked out souvenirs shops, Ross and TJ Maxx.  Ivan finally found a Coloardo sweatshirt in a souvenir shop.  I bought a few postcards.

We jumped on the free mall shuttle further down the street.  We went inside Wynkoop Brewing Co.  They brew their own beers.  Ivan and I had a glass of Wix a weiss beer.  It has bananas in it. 

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It’s very tasty!  Ivan read that being in a higher elevation makes you drunker faster. 

We walked to Vesta Dipping Grill for dinner.  Ivan set up a reservation for 9 pm.  We arrived at 8:30 pm.  We took a seat at the bar and ordered two drinks.  I had a Strawberry Basil drink and Ivan had a Mile High Sunset.

The restaurant offers dishes that each come with three dips (that you get to choose from a big list).  Ivan and I started off with Spanish Jalapeno Tuna which came with some tasty black pepper crackers.  We got two main courses: a curry smoked chicken and Moroccan spiced grilled salmon. 

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The salmon and chicken tasted great with the sauces we picked.  I really liked the Korean Garlic BBQ and the Red Curry.  It was a very great meal.

We sent a text to Travis about bars.  He sent back a big list of recommendations.  We drove to Casselmans since the bar has live music.  It was about 10 pm and there was no music playing.  We were actually too late. 

We went to a Polish bar next.  But, the bar was packed with Polish people with Polish music playing.  We weren’t really sure about that.  So, we walked across the street to Under the Snug.  It’s an Irish bar.  The guy at the door said there was Irish music playing upstairs.  Ivan thought we should see something a bit different, so we left.

Ivan read about a nightclub called Church.  It was formerly a church.  The nightclub plays house music.  We went into line and noticed a lot of Mexican people and Latinos.  We both thought that something wasn’t right.  Ivan talked to the guy at the door.  He said it was Latin Night.  We started walking towards the car.  A guy said that there’s a place close by that plays house music.  He said it was called Vinyl and that DJ Rap would be performing there.  He gave us directions to the club. 

We walked a few blocks to Vinyl.  The cover was $15 per person.  There’s three different rooms: house/techno, 90’s music and hip hop.  We went to the coat room so we wouldn’t have to hold our coats all night.  The 90’s music room was actually playing current music.

I was walking and this short, black guy dressed in all white said Hey.  I said Hi back.  Then, he tried to grab my hand.  I was thinking what is this guy thinking.  I put my hands up and said I was good and walked away.  He rushed off. 

The house/techno room had a DJ on that kept playing the same beat over and over.  DJ Rap would probably be on soon.

We checked out the hip hop room which was crowded.  But, we don’t like hip hop so we went back to the house/techno room.

Ivan found out about the roof.  There’s music playing there as well.  It was current music like dance, pop and hip hop.  There was a group of people in a big circle and people would individually dance in the middle.  Ivan liked the guy with the fake fro.  There was a girl who danced good and she had moves like a gymnast.

We went back to the house/techno room.  DJ Rap was on.  She’s a pretty lady.  She played a bit too much generic trance for us.  I like to get lost in the music and dance.  I think that only happened once or twice when DJ Rap was on.  It was still decent music, just not the best DJ we’ve heard before.

We left around 1:40 am.  We drove back to Travis’ house.  We thought everybody would be asleep.  Travis’ roommate was there with a few friends.  We chatted with them for awhile.  Then, we decided to call it a night.

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