I Went To The 'Game Of Thrones' Concert Experience And I Am Still Not Over It.

I Went To The 'Game Of Thrones' Concert Experience And I Am Still Not Over It.

Contains spoilers for 'Game of Thrones.'

It's no secret that my favorite genre of music is instrumental soundtrack music (in fact I've actually written about some of my favorites that you can find here) and the Game of Thrones soundtrack just has a signature sound to it that anytime I listen to it, I feel like I could be a Queen...no wait not a Queen, a Khaleesi. The music combined with the emotional roller coaster that is the show is just euphonious (yes I am using that big SAT word to make myself sound smart).

Last November, I had been playing around online and stumbled across this video about a concert tour that would be conducted by Ramin Djawadi (the composer of Game of Thrones soundtrack) and was just going to be about the music of Game of Thrones.

After watching the video and discovering that the tour was actually going to be playing near where I lived, I was ecstatic as I put in the request for tickets in the nose bleeds straight onto my Christmas list. And I actually got them (thank you again Nana and Poppi)! From then on, it had been something I was looking very much forward to for 2017.

This week I got to finally use my tickets and attend "The Game of Thrones Concert Experience". Needless to say it did not at all disappoint and actually turned out to be one of the best concerts I've ever been to. I am sure some people are wondering how a plain orchestra concert could possibly be so exciting, but trust me it was borderline adrenaline pumping.

Upon arrival, the stadium had a line going out of the building, letting me know that I wasn't the only nerd excited about this event. In fact a supposed 17,000 people had attended that evening. The stage was absolutely ginormous, even from our seat in the almost back row my Nana and I knew that this was going to be a memorable event about our shared favorite show.

However, it had seemed that there were too many people in the back seats with us and not enough on the ground floor. That was when ushers started giving floor seats to everyone behind us to go do down. I wasn't bothered though that they weren't approaching us, and I'm actually never bothered by far away seats, I was just happy to be there. Finally though the band started to warm up and I was a bit excited (note the shaky camera in the GIF below due to the fact I was vibrating with excitment)

Once the concert had started they opened with the main title for the show and it sounded perfect, with the only downside of people still making their way to their seats. This meant that for the first two songs I had to keep dodging around peoples elbows to get a glance of what was going on (side note to any theater going people: Always get there early if you can). Luckily after people had settled down we were able to watch the show in all it's glory.

Everything flowed seamlessly and it really was an experience. As the music played the screens would coordinate with the scenes the music came from along with other bonuses to make things even more atmospheric. For example, when they played the music from the battle in the episode "Watchers on the Wall" snow began to fall from the stage and I could've sworn the stadium became colder.

Honestly the whole time my arms were pretty much covered in goosebumps and my Nana admitted that she got a bit teary eyed at one point. Things only got better from there though.

The show did in fact have an intermission and it turns out that they were still trying to give away floor seats and....we got chosen! Of course we took the opportunity to be even closer to the magic and I may have had a little fangirl asthma attack once we reached our seats.

You can tell there was a total difference in the seating.

The second act was even better than the first as they began to go over more emotional scenes and even added more effects. By more effects I mean straight up dragon fire as they played through the "Dance of Dragons", we actually were able to feel the heat from our seats. Everything was so spectacular that I really couldn't get myself to try and video tape some of the song to share with people, mainly because it would distract me from everything and I was having to much fun!

One of the really fun parts of show though was the audience and their shouting. I honestly thought I was the only one who shouted at the TV when I watched this show, but this proved me wrong. I have been to shows hoping for the crowd to participate and get excited that were not as passionate as this crowd. The best example I can give happened during the "Battle of the Bastards" portion of the concert.

The shouting really started up once the screens started a very certain scene that I'm sure had lots of people shouting.

The whole crowd started shouting things like "ZIG ZAG RICKON!" "YOU CAN MAKE IT RICKON" "ZIG ZAG DAMN IT!" "GET HIM JON" "F**K YOU RAMSAY". It was absolutely hilarious and also therapeutic because it's a pretty sad scene so we all got to get our emotional shouting out.

Honestly I could've just sat there at all night long and had them play through every episode. It was such a fun experience that I hope it happens every year till the show ends because I want to go see it again and again. If you are a huge Game of Thrones fan like me and absolutley love the show, you have to see this while it's on tour because I could not stop smiling and I hope every fan gets to experience what I felt that night. To end this article on an even happier note, here is a GIF if Ramin himself jamming on the guitar to "The Bear and the Maiden Fair".

I Went On A Road Trip With My Friend, Here's What I Learned

Expect backaches.

This past weekend my friend and I took a 12-hour round trip, road trip to see some of our friends. I had a great time and it was definitely an awesome way to wrap up winter break. I've taken many road trips in my life so I used my past experience to plan and have the best road trip possible.

First of all, snacks are so important. We are college students so we are balling on a budget and cannot afford to stock up on gas station chips and fast food every time we get hungry. So we pre-bought snacks for the trip and it saved our lives.

You can't take a road trip without music so we made sure to make the perfect playlist! We made compiled so many songs into it that a song almost never repeated itself. I learned though that there is a time for music and there is a time to turn it down. Throughout the trip would turn down the radio and just talk, whether we were sharing stories or having a heart to heart. Road trips are such a great way to grow closer to someone.

Wrong turns aren't the end of the world.

Driving in an unfamiliar place comes with mistakes, confusion, and a lot of wrong turns. But have patience and know that your good ole iPhone GPS will lead you exactly where you need to go.

Don't speed. I'm just gonna leave that there.

Have the time of your life. Embrace every laugh, tear, song, and memory... because even though it feels like you are never going to get out of the car, you will and you will soon find yourself wishing you were right back to the beginning.

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How To Survive A 2,000 Mile Road Trip With Your Best Friend

Plot Twist: It's not that easy.

The summer before my sophomore year of college was one to remember- my best friend and I hopped in a car and road tripped it across Canada, but we ran into a few road bumps along the way.

1. Pack LOTS of snacks.

If you’re going on a one-week trip- pack enough snacks to last you two weeks...at least. You’ll never believe how many times you’ll randomly crave a power bar or chocolate chip cookie while on the road a painful number of hours.

2. Expect to hate each other (temporarily).

Let’s face it- being forced to spend all day and all night with your best friend in a small enclosed space for an extended period of time can be a challenge. You’ll disagree about a lot of things along the way (probably small things, like debating how long you can possibly go without filling up your gas tank again), and most likely get into a few small, petty arguments. The most important thing is to just remember why you’re on this trip in the first place, and do whatever is best to keep your mental sanity and arrive at your next destination safely.

3. Make an effort to create a music playlist together BEFORE you depart.

There is absolutely nothing worse than disagreeing on the music selection during a road trip. After hours and hours of driving an absurd distance, the last thing either of you want is to disagree on the background tunes. Trust me, this can get messy and easily create conflict if the driver wants to relax to some Khalid, and the passenger wants to get lit to G-Eazy.

4. Keep the car as clean as possible.

If you’re traveling as much as we did (10-15 hour driving days), it is imperative that you and your travel buddy keep a clean car. This is the hub of all activity- the place where you will spend the most amount of time during your trip. Nobody wants to be trapped in a car with rotting cheese or expired milk in the cooler, it’s just torture for everyone. Heed my warning, regularly check the expiration dates on all of your perishables, and make sure your cooler is clean and rotten-food free.

5. A picture is worth a thousand words.

Take pictures, lots of them. There is no better way to remember your adventures and travels than an album full of pictures. My best friend and I separated our pictures by making an album for each place we visited, and a “random” album for those hilarious in-car selfies in-between destinations.

6. Map out your bathroom and food stops in advance, if possible.

I speak from experience when I say this... peeing on the side of the road in rural northeast Maine in the pouring rain is NOT ideal. If you have the time, take advantage of travel apps and tools to help you plot out convenient food / bathroom stops along your way.

7. Make sure that the places you're staying at are safe.

Expedia pictures can make any hotel look safe. However, when you arrive at your destination, this may not always be the case. The last thing you need after driving for 14 hours straight is to end up at some sketchy motel in the ghetto of Montreal. Yes, this happened to us. No, it was NOT a fun time. Make sure to research the area you’re staying in before you arrive, and read the reviews on other travel websites in addition to Expedia. Pro tip: if the check in desk has bullet-proof glass separating you from the desk attendant, that’s probably a telltale sign that you should get the hell out of there...ASAP.

8. Embrace the local culture... but not too much.

If you’re road tripping internationally, there may be a language difference in some of your destinations. For us, our time in Quebec was interesting as neither of us spoke a lick of French. In order to “blend in”, I tried to greet locals with a friendly “bonjour!” however, this totally backfired when they responded completely in French, and I stood there looking like a deer in the headlights.

9. Carve out time for random, yet extremely necessary side-of-the-road naps.

Driving in general is tiring, but driving for 10+ hours straight is undoubtedly exhausting. When you and your travel buddy have been driving since 5 in the morning, you may find it necessary to take a nap on the side of the road. Pull over, recline your seats, lock your doors, put on Spotify’s Deep Sleep playlist, and relax. An hour power nap may be beneficial, and definitely beats falling asleep at the wheel.

10. Be prepared to grow.

Traveling is incredible. You’re exposed to all sorts of new cultures, new foods, and new people. If you have the opportunity to road trip it with your best friend, go for it. You will never regret it. Embarking on a parent-free road trip will force you to be as responsible as possible, and you will learn things about yourself, and your best friend that you never knew (plus, you’ll be really good at pumping gas by the end of the trip). What could be better than bonding with your bestie over that weirdo local old guy that just tried to add you on snapchat?!

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