還記得 這個blog是在去年八月開始的呢 🙂
“In Seattle, people live for the summer.”
但是夏天有好多活動 感覺很幾個週末都有try something new. 🙂
其實也不用真的做什麼 只要有太陽 出去走走心情都好好 ^^
兩個禮拜前比較特別 去了Seattle Art Museum, 但是大部分的時候 我更喜歡往外面跑～^^
哎 真的是住在西雅圖之後才那麼珍惜沒有下雨跟有太陽的天氣！ 😛
Anyways, 這篇主要是recap一些我今年夏天的favorite experiences 🙂
1. Food Festivals: Bite of Seattle, Seattle Street Food Festival
I’m a little (or not a little…) late on this, but I still wanted to share because the photos are so beautiful. ; )
Every year around late March to early April, I always sense the strongest school spirit and pride- everyone keeps talking about how beautiful our campus is and how proud and lucky we are as huskies. And even after 4 years here, this is still the time of the year that I look forward to the most. I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of the cherry blossoms…
I still remember when I first got a brochure from UW during junior year in high school, the three things that immediately caught my attention were 1. the “Harry Potter Library” (aka Suzzallo), 2. the view of Mount Rainer on a sunny day, and 3. the Quad, full of cherry blossoms. So ever since my freshman year, I had been looking forward to seeing them with my own eyes, and till this day, I still brag about it to my friends and family, haha.
If you’re a UW student and haven’t got a chance to take great pictures (which isn’t the rarest because it’s sometimes during the time of finals/spring break, and it’s not always the easiest to get the best pictures because of timing/weather), don’t wait until it’s too late (that’s why I was so determined this year :P). And if you are thinking of visiting Seattle, this is also something that you’d never want to miss. 🙂
Thanks to Vince’s class project, I had an excuse to explore parts of Washington that I probably would have never heard of. He wanted to go to places that are more rural and that have different mix of demographics. So after a little bit of research, we chose Duvall and Carnation, two tiny towns that are less than an hour away from Seattle.
Because our main purpose was to get some work done, our decision to visit was very spontaneous. I really didn’t expect much (because from my super brief research online, it seemed like “middle of nowhere”–which is what he wanted for the project), but I fell in love with Duvall immediately after we drove in– it’s such a cute and historic little town! I had a feeling that their “downtown” is just this one street called “Main Street”- And all the shops had really cute signs- kind of reminded me of what I saw in Bainbridge Island. In general, nothing appeared “commercialized”, and I love seeing people just randomly bumping into friends or relatives they know in this ice cream shop that we sat at. And when we drove up to a family farm, everyone who walked or drove towards us would wave at us. It’s so interesting how different life is just less than an hour away from Seattle…
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Street signs in Carnation. Bird Street, how cute 🙂
This is not a gas station. It’s a gas station themed coffee shop 😉
This is the ice cream shop we sat at. Feels like a cozy home 🙂
And of course, there were many kids craving for ice creams… 😛
The whole “downtown” looks somewhat like this. Cute signs and small buildings.
Second hand books.
Hope you enjoyed my last blog post about downtown Charleston 🙂 Do you think that’s somewhere you would want to visit one day? Anyway, I gotta say my favorite part of the trip was the Middleton Place, where we spent hours on the second day.
Middleton Place is a huge and beautiful plantation built in several phases throughout the 18th and 19th century, and many of the Middleton family played important roles in the colonial history of South Carolina. Of course they were extremely wealthy, and had enormous amount of slaves to work for them–it must have been difficult to manage such a huge plantation! It’s hard to describe to you my feelings for this place…I just know that I could stay there all day long. I think that’s why I love the nature, I get so touched by its power and its beauty…it makes me feel like all my personal problems are not as big of a deal as what I thought they would be…Anyways, one of my favorite spots was the Butterfly Lake (the picture below), so serene and peaceful 🙂
So…I guess it’s about time to share my spring break vacation with you 😉 I would say I had a pretty atypical spring break for a “college student”. You know, no crazy drinking until 3 AM, or getting sunburn from laying on the beach all day. Honestly, I was deciding between Hawaii and Cancun in the beginning, all I wanted was somewhere warm and relaxing…until my housemate Keren mentioned Charleston, and I’m so glad I took her advice 😀
Mike and I had 3 full days in Charleston, so let me walk you through? :] I gotta admit that i’m pretty proud of myself for making my own itinerary…hehe I worked hard on it!
Day 1: Downtown Charleston
We dined at the terrace for lunch on our second day there (read about my experience in Malibu Beach Inn here if you haven’t^^). I didn’t expect much from the restaurant because I imagined people mostly come here for the view. But surprisingly, the food was…amazing.
I finally had gazpacho (Spanish cold soup) for the first time since I left Spain, and it was the perfect choice under a sunny weather. The fish taco was amazing too- it was slightly raw in the middle, and I loved how fresh it tasted. The squid was our favorite— very chewy and just spicy enough to add some flavor. We also ordered a plate of Mediterranean platter: delicious but probably unnecessary…because in the end both of us were a little too full…
I feel like our blog has been too nerdy lately…most of my posts are what I learned from the events/conference I’ve gone to or the books that I’ve read. And Nora wrote about study tips for CPA. Hahaha…what can I say? I guess even though I’ve graduated, I’m still a student at heart and I’m always eager to learn… 🙂
To lighten up the atmosphere, I decided to share my experience in Malibu over Spring break here! 😉
Since I live in Seattle, all I wanted for spring break was somewhere with sun and beach where I could completely relax. Malibu seemed like a great choice because one, it’s relatively close to LAX airport, and two, it’s not as touristy and crowded. And because flight tickets aren’t too bad from Seattle to LA, we treated ourselves to a luxurious inn with private beach in Malibu after a few day stay in LA and Irvine. It is kind of a splurge for me, but it really is worth every penny, especially because it is my last spring break ever…:O Continue reading
This is my last post on my Vegas trip 🙂
One of my favorite parts of this trip is just “sightseeing”! I’m a huge tourist so I love seeing things I’ve seen from movies and such. It’s also fairly walkable if there’s no time constraint…and I really enjoyed walking along the strip and shopping in this city of illusion and luxury. Steve Wynn once said, “Las Vegas is sort of like how God would do it if he had money.” I personally would describe Las Vegas as Disneyland for adults 😉 It’s just really like a different world that’s not part of the reality…
So I guess for this post I’ll just include the additional photos (please click to enlarge and see captions) that I didn’t talk about in my previous posts. I hope you enjoy it but don’t blame me if you have the urge to book a ticket to Vegas now! 😀
In front of Bellagio
Botanical Garden @Bellagio
Bellagio Fountain Show!
Bellagio Fountain Show from another side. Super beautiful :’) I can never get tired of fountain shows.