Gelato, Donuts, and Concerts

Gelato, Donuts, and Concerts

Is there anything more punny than David Cook performing at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival? Probably, but for the purpose of this blog post, no. Last weekend, I got to relive 2008 when I saw the American Idol champion perform at the Eat to the Beat concert series, and of course I had to write a post to commemorate the occasion. Also, with Hurricane Matthew rolling up to Florida’s door like an annoying salesman, I wanted to make sure I got some new content on my blog before I inevitably lose power for who knows how long. Anyway, I present the hottest girl in school: the Epcot Ball.

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There’s nothing I love more than the Food and Wine Festival, even though at the ripe old age of eighteen, I can only participate in half of the festivities. Nothing takes away the sting of the Flower and Garden Festival leaving quite like a Belgian waffle. On this particular trip to Epcot, I decided the embrace my Italian heritage and witness Sbandieratori di Sansepolcro (the flag-throwers of Sansepolcro). Here’s a photo of myself and Lena with them in all their Renaissance glory:

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After eating a gelato (how cultural of me) and wondering why Remy the French rat was riding on a miniature Venetian gondola, we headed to the American pavilion and hunkered down for David Cook’s first set. Unfortunately, we ended up a little far back, so we stuck around and listened to his second set while waiting in line for his third. Nothing screams “autumn in Florida” quite like sweating bullets at 7:30 pm next to a trash can housing a swarm of no-see-ums. It was all worth it, though, because David Cook definitely didn’t disappoint during round three.

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He’s a fantastic performer, and a great guy too. A little girl presented him with a hat and he gave her a signed guitar pick as a thank-you. He’s funny, too: he joked about the audience confusing him with David Archuleta, the young finalist he beat in the 2008 American Idol contest. I’m so glad I got to see him perform, and hopefully it wont be my last Eat to the Beat concert this season; I would love to see the Plain White T’s or Hanson in the coming weeks!

Of course, it wouldn’t have been a full Epcot experience without watching Illuminations: Reflections of Earth. Having a giant donut from Joffrey’s Coffee in hand only serves to enhance this experience, as it turns out. If you haven’t seen this amazing projection/firework show, you’re missing out. Rumor has it that soon it’ll see some major upgrades to the laser portion of the show, so that’s all the more reason to go see it. In the mean time, let this amazing photo courtesy of yours truly satisfy your cravings:

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On a totally unrelated note from my Epcot visit, I’m really proud of my most recent article published on Her Campus. Please check it out and share it, I worked really hard on it! Also, check me out on LinkedIn! Networking is fun, and I’d love to connect with some of my followers!

That’s all for now! This weekend is looking a little iffy for the Wills clan – we’ll probably end up staying in a hotel when we lose power, but hey – at least I’ll be able to get continental breakfast before class next week. If you’re in the Southeast like me, stay safe this weekend, and thanks everyone for reading!

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