Last spring, Sunshine and I went to our first Welcome to Night Vale Live Show here in South Carolina. We have only been listening to the podcast for a couple of years but we love it. The humor, the characters, the stories themselves just appeal to us. So when we found out that they were going on tour again we got tickets to the closest showing, which this year was Durham, North Carolina.
For us this is our 3rd road trip to North Carolina, but it’s the first one where we weren’t going to see family and friends. Being just an overnight stay, we didn’t get to explore as much as we wanted to, but the car troubles we had didn’t help much either.
About half way up I-95 we noticed that our car was shaking and we kept hearing a low whomping noise coming from the passenger side of the car. After we pulled over we checked the wheels to see if something was stuck in the wheel well, but nope. Our front passenger tire was completely bald and was close to going flat on us. We made sure before we left Durham to get the tire replaced, only to realize the both of the front tires were close to popping, and that the front end of our car was a little worse off than expected.
The rest of the trip was wonderful. The show was amazing, and brought a perspective on a character that you wouldn’t think of. But I wont give any spoilers away because you have to see it for yourself.
What I can tell you is the beer they were serving was really nice. No matter where they go, the live show always has local beers available. For Durham, it was the PonySaurus IPA. Sunshine kept the beer for himself, but at least let me try it. It ended up being very smooth for an IPA, hell for a beer even, and had that perfect amount of hoppy-ness you would expect.
The next day was when the fun really started. There was a few hours difference between checkout time and when we needed to leave Durham so we got the chance to walk around and be tourists for a change. Plus we were hungry.
For breakfast we decided to go to Beyú Cafe, a jazz lounge/cafe, and HOLY CRAP was everything amazing there. From the decor to the menu everything was meticulously selected to be a tribute to the Jazz era. Of course Sunshine wanted to go for the beignets, I wanted to go for the coffee.
The latte’s were their man attraction on the menu, and the two that Sunshine and I ordered were the Dr. Carver’s Peanut Butter Latte and The Runaway, respectively. The Dr. Carver’s Peanut Butter Latte tasted exactly like Peanut Butter Crunch cereal. The Runaway, was made with praline syrup, cinnamon and cayenne pepper sprinkled on top, giving it this subtle heat like you would from mexican hot chocolate. They were so delicious and beautifully made that a table next to us asked what we ordered so they could get ones for themselves. (I just checked their website and sadly they aren’t on there anymore. It might just be a special menu only see in the restaurant.)
The food itself was just as wonderful. We ended up ordering quite a spread because we wanted to try a little bit of everything, particularly the beignets. From the french toast to the egg biscuit, everything was perfectly cooked, and you could tell that the owner took pride in the place because he was hands on from the minute they opened. I just hope that if they open another location it would be in Charleston. Please?
With our bellies full and a couple of hours to go, we went off to explore the street. The two main stores we went into were Dolly’s Vinatge and Letter’s Bookstore.
In Dolly’s Vintage, I was a little too distracted by all the pretty things to take pictures. It was set up like a small boutique, with only a portion of it being for vintage clothing. Predominantly it was vintage jewelry and vintage themed items. Sunshine ended up with a couple of shirts and I left with my first vintage brooch. *Insert happy wiggle here*
Letter’s Bookstore on the other hand, was nice and open. Unlike a normal bookstore where it would be a billion shelves close to each other, it was set up with space in mind for people who like to stand or sit on the floor and start reading a book before purchasing it. Though there were plenty of books that I wanted, I am proud to say that I kept with my no-buy on books during this trip. Sunshine on the other hand bought a couple of books.
To mark the ending of our trip, on our way home we continued a tradition of ours. Everytime we go to North Carolina, we stop at South of the Border. South of the Border is a lot of things all in one rest stop. It has a gas station, fireworks and gift shops, a putt putt golf course, a hotel, and many other things. It doesn’t look very well kept, but it is a good place to stretch your legs if you’ve been in the car for a few hours. As always we stop there to walk, use the bathroom, and goof around to push off the reality that in a few hours we would be back home and back to our normal lives.
Overall, we enjoyed our trip. For once it was just a trip for us to have fun and be ourselves. We got to talk about serious things in an environment that we felt no pressure in and just got to take the time to enjoy each other. Hopefully, we’ll get to take more trips like this soon.
All Hail the Glow Cloud! All Hail!