As I mentioned yesterday, I am back from my vacation. It feels really good to be home. Using my own shower and sleeping in my own bed has never felt better, but it really was such a great trip. So good for the soul. So relaxing, yet so exhilarating. It was exactly the change of pace I needed and some serious quality time spent with my best friend has left me feeling just plain happy. I mentioned where I was going a few times before but in case you need to be caught up I just got back from a trip out to Seattle and Portland! A couple months ago my best friend Erin mentioned she wanted to take a trip to Seattle and I had always wanted to visit that city as well as Portland so we decided now was a great time to plan a visit. Erin lives in Alaska, so she flew south and I flew west from Wisconsin and we met in Seattle. From there we spent a night in Seattle and the next morning rented a car and drove to Portland for a few days.
For this post, I am actually going to fast forward to when we got back to Seattle and share that weekend with you first. Partially because the Portland post will probably take longer to put together and partially because Portland was my favorite. And I really like saving the best for last.
So without further ado, here is my trip to Seattle in pictures and some commentary from me!
Well, coffee happened everyday.We had to be typical tourists and go to the Pike Place Market. It was busy but an absolutely beautiful day and it was fun to walk around and look at all the vendors. And yes, we did see the guys throwing fish back and forth. After walking around for a while, we stopped at a little deli and grabbed some lunch. We ended up picnicking in the park next to the market and people watched while soaking up all of the sunshine.
We saw the Starbucks that still has the original logo. So risque.
We went to the Chihuly Garden and Glass Museum. OMG guys, this place was amazing. Chihuly deserves his own blog post so I will show a ton more pictures very soon. I'm feeling super inspired by his work, he just does colors and shapes so well. Anyways, if you are in Seattle I think this is definitely worth the $20 ticket.
The above picture is horrible, I know but it was a really amazing view of the Seattle skyline. One night of our trip we met up with old friends from high school and it was such a fun and random night. We sat on this roof top and had drinks, catching up on what everyone is up to these days. We went out to a couple bars and drank moscow mules (my fave!) and I ended the night with an ice cream sundae and warm cookie. Zero complaints. Actually my one complaint is I was obviously more into taking a picture of my sundae then getting a picture of the group of us before the night was over. I'll work on that next time.
Our last day in Seattle, which was also our last day of the trip was relaxing but just what we needed. We walked over the Green Lake Park and walked the path around the lake. It was another beautiful day (we were so lucky with the weather all week) and it felt great to just be outside without feeling like we needed to rush anywhere. We grabbed lunch at a casual bar and grill and then walked around the lake again before heading home. This is another place I would definitely recommend if you find yourself in Seattle. It's a great spot to go if you want to be outside but don't feel like being in the busyness of downtown or at the tourist attractions.
Oh and definitely worth mentioning is I played Settlers of Catan for the first time. I am a big game person and I get pretty serious so this game was right up my ally. Loved this relaxing night. And no, I didn't win.Other unpictured happenings on the trip:
Some mediocre chinese food, some amazing thai curry (actually from a restaurant called "Amazing Thai Cuisine", and a nice bowl of Vietnamese Pho. Basically we covered all of the ethnic foods on this trip and I'm not mad about it. Oh, I almost forgot, we had tacos at a place called The Bait Shop so we covered Mexican in Seattle too.
Locking my phone in the already returned rental car. The rental place was already closed so no one was there to open it up. Luckily, eventually someone was able to come and help us out. Could've been a very bad/annoying situation but ended up just delaying us a tad. I did find out that AAA would have helped me out if the manager hadn't come so that is some useful information for the future!
Sleeping on couches. I used to be so good at sleeping anywhere. Now I'm all picky and particular about where I get my z's. Oh well, saving money > sleep.
Figuring out public transit. Part of it involved Erin and I running down the bus terminal but once again, everything turned out fine. If only I had some personal paparazzi to capture the moments where I look like a total mess.
So that was my trip to Seattle! It was an awesome city and I hope I make it back to visit again someday. It felt like we did a lot during our time there but I'm sure there is so much more to explore. Come back soon because I will be posting the other half of our trip spent in Portland as well as more photos from Chihuly!