[062013-062313] Day 1 & 2 of Seattle Recap

This year has been an expensive one so far. I do not know if it is because it is the year of the snake (my year!) or what, but I feel like I have been having one of the best years of my life so far. From going to my first big rave to running my first 5k, I have been going all out on the big events I choose to sign myself up for. Gotta live while I still feel young, right? ;P

What started out as an impulsive idea to randomly go take a mini summer trip out-of-state soon became a reality when Ly and I decided to book tickets to Seattle while Southwest was having one of their many sales. Adrian, Cathy, and Tony were to accompany us on this trip. Though there had been some uncertainties leading up to the trip, it finally actually happened!

Thursday, June 20th, I got off work early to finish packing and getting ready. Cathy, Ly, and I drove to Bay Point to go pick Adrian up. Prior to getting to Adrian’s house, we swung by Target to pick up last minute snacks and travel size items. The night before, the group jokingly brought up the idea of buying an air mattress for the trip and returning it since our hotel room only had 2 double beds. We actually ended up getting an air mattress to keep everyone comfortable. After that, Ly kept getting alerts about our flight being delayed, so we lagged around for a bit before finally heading out towards Oakland Airport.

To save us money, we decided to just park our car at an airport parking lot that provided us a shuttle to the airport. Pretty good experience for only $7 a day!

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Snapping shots while waiting for our shuttle to arrive.

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For the memories.

Our flight ended up being delayed for around 2 hours. I was very entertained by the fact that everyone around me was so absorbed with their phones and/or tablets. Myself included of course!

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During this time was when Instagram pushed out their Android update for Instagram videos. We had some fun messing with the new feature. Adrian ended up spending a lot of time making Instagram videos while on the trip, but was sadly led to disappointment as Instagram would crash and not save his videos. 😦

So, we finally got on our flight sometime before midnight. We arrived in Seattle, picked up our rental car and did not get to our hotel until 0200AM or so. Crazy!

However, the next day, we woke up to this beautiful view:

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Here’s a glimpse of our hotel room:

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Much of Friday was planned for wandering around Downtown Seattle and eating. Lots and lots of eating.

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We started our morning off at The Crumpet Shop. Never had a crumpet before, but my organic lemon curd & ricotta cheese crumpet was delicious!

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Earlier on during our walk towards Pike Place Market, Rockstar had a booth at some mini fair promoting an upcoming event. We walked up and got some free energy drinks from them, which was perfect for our lack of sleep. Score!

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After breakfast, we walked around the market, which was fairly crowded with tons of people everywhere.

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We joined the crowd and tried to see some fish throwing action. There were more observers than buyers, so there wasn’t much happening. The crew had some little chants and stuff going on though, so it was still very entertaining to watch. A fish wasn’t actually thrown until we decided to leave. Boo!

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Our second stop of the day was at Beecher’s Handmade Cheese. We tried their famous mac and cheese. A little liquidy than what I am typically used to, but was delicious nonetheless!

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We went to Piroshky Piroshky afterwards and got whatever was most fresh out of the even. We ended up with the smoked salmon piroshky, which tasted amazing while still hot!

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We swung by to see the first Starbucks, but did not bother walking in due to the incredibly long line leading out the door. We did, however, stop to take some photos and enjoyed the live band that was playing outside.

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We wanted to check out the gum wall next, so we stopped by Target to buy colorful gum for us to chew on.

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This Target had one of those cart escalators that help you bring your cart to different levels of the store. Adrian, Cathy, and I found it amusing when we saw this stuffed dog riding along next to us.

During the trip’s planning process, Tony helped map out all the locations we wanted to hit. Awesome dedication!

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We found a souvenir coin machine! Always a must. I used to love getting these as a kid.

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The gum wall was cool, but pretty darn gross. The wall is located in an alley way under the market, which was pretty easy to find.

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Adrian tried sticking his gum near mine and it did not want to stick. He ended up holding it against the wall for a while. Super gross!

We then proceeded to head on over to Pike Place Chowder where we ordered chowder samplers to share. Adrian said all the food sharing was like a tease since we had samples of food throughout the day rather than whole meals. Sharing all the different food sure saved us a ton of money though!

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I obviously really liked that public market sign. 😛

On our way to our next location, Bottega Italiana caught Ly’s attention, so we decided to walk in for some gelato. After the five of us sampled a ton of flavors, the guy working there told us we were the 10th customer, so our gelato order was FREE! It was funny though because a girl who placed an order two minutes before us was also the 10th customer. Hahah!

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We decided to leave a tip since the guy hooked us up. Free = always awesome!

At some point, we ended up at the Seattle Great Wheel. My friend Carol was telling me about how they just opened up, so I thought we could check it out. Once we got there and saw the prices, we decided not to ride it. There were some lovely surrounding views though!

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We went back to the hotel afterwards to relax. Did I mention we walked to all our locations? Good thing Ly and Tony were with us because I seriously had no idea which direction we were supposed to be heading in. 😛

After much contemplation, we decided to head back out for an early dinner. We finally tried Beko Gourmet Dog Japon, which was a hot dog stand we walked past several times throughout the day.

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The hot dogs did not necessarily ‘wow’ me. The different toppings were definitely an interesting experience. I would say the hot dogs still tasted pretty good, but it did not reach best-hot-dogs-in-the-world level for me.

Next stop was Seattle Coffee Works. We shared some drinks despite it getting late in the day. Unfortunately, I do not have much to say about the place since I am not a coffee drinker.

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This sign was posted in the seating area. No one played with the wood during our time there, but it would have been pretty interesting!

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Left our mark in one of their coffee table sketchbooks! 🙂

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Latte art is so beautiful!

We walked over to Westlake Center shopping mall where we spent the most time buying souvenirs. The mall closed at 0800PM though, so we did not get to explore much. We thought it was ridiculous how the mall was closing but the sun was still out!

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Blue trees caught my eyes.

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Random snapping while we were sitting outside the mall trying to figure out our next move. Ly looks so cute in these!

We swung by Gameworks before heading back to the hotel. It felt like another Dave & Buster’s. We ended up not playing any games, aside from when the boys stumbled upon a game that still had one credit available. It was not until we walked outside that we realized our hotel was just across the street.

When we got back to the hotel, we saw a beautiful sunset reflection outside our window. I did not realize until some Facebook scrolling that it was the summer solstice that day. No wonder we got so much light out!

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Since we had an early dinner, we got pretty hungry around 0900PM. A lot of nearby businesses had already closed, so we ended up walking to McDonald’s for a late dinner. We seriously walked ALL day.

Adrian, Cathy, and I ended up going to the hotel gym around 1200AM and spent an hour there. I was not prepared for the occasion, but Ly was nice enough to lend me some clothes to workout in. I really miss having a gym membership!

To be continued.

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