Dispatches From the Aspen Ideas Festival

Here’s an idea:

My shopping posse. Kate and Goldie and I go way back.

If you are a presenter at the Aspen Ideas Festival — and not one of the part-time Aspen-residing, 2nd, 3rd, 4th… 17th home-owning members of the audience — it may not be such a great idea to panic about your outfit for the plenary session at which you are presenting and decide that you need to go on an emergency shopping excursion for a whole new ensemble, towing your unamused but ultimately gracious husband along for the fun. Further, it may not be such a terrific idea to buy shoes in a mountain resort community where the choices are ‘limited’ (I swear! I had no choice!) to Prada, Gucci, and Dior.  The only business I had shopping in downtown Aspen was an excursion to the pharmacy, where I was persuaded my life wouldn’t be complete without a thick shellacking of Shiseido Urban Environment (?) UV Protection Cream for tomorrow’s excursion to the apparently non-urban Maroon Bells Mountains:

About ErikaChristakis

Yale Lecturer in early childhood education/Licensed teacher/Former preschool director and Harvard College house master/some-time journalist. In possession of: unmarketable bachelor’s degree (Harvard, anthropology), semi-marketable graduate degrees (public health, education…). Rewarding career at the intersection of family, society, and schools (including long stint in parenting vortex). Forging a new path to connect all of the above.
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2 Responses to Dispatches From the Aspen Ideas Festival

  1. You will LOVE Maroon Bells – absolutely indescribable. But I encourage you to leave your wallet at home whenever you leave your room in Aspen. ;-) Enjoy!!

  2. I did love it! Absolutely fantastic. And, yes, the wallet is fully tethered now. (Plus we’re headed home.)

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