As always seems to happen, life gets in the way of these posts. I’ve started this post and left it once a week for 6 weeks now. Here’s hoping I can finish it. I’m back in school in Boston for a summer session before co-op starts in July. It was quite hectic moving into my summer sublet, getting adjusted to classes, and seeing my brother graduate from UCONN! Back to Seattle. Here’s a master post.
I couldn’t leave Seattle without a trip to Pike Place Market (how stereotypical of me) so we went downtown to check it out the Friday before going to Portland. My dad has gone on business trips to Seattle and always remarks how “fresh” the fish is (he knows I hate that word even if it’s true) at Pike Place. Walking through was pretty incredible; Jane was a bit obsessed with the tulips but I centered in on the size of fruits. There was an apple the size of a grapefruit!
Jane is a foodie and I’m pretty much up for anything so we went to town on the food. First, we had mac and cheese from Beecher’s followed by some Russian pastries from Piroshky Piroshky. Over time I’ve developed the travel rule that you have to taste all the food you’ve never had despite the lack of health benefits and I definitely didn’t stray from that in Seattle. Sitting right next to the market and looking out onto the Puget Sound was pretty perfect.
That night some of us went to the Mariners game for student night. As two self-proclaimed Bostonians, Jane and I had a fun time comparing everything at Safeco Field to our experiences at Fenway Park (the latter being far superior, obviously). Most of her friends were so amused with this ranting that they now want to come visit.
Another interesting experience I had in Seattle was when we went to a unique church service on Sunday night which consisted of a group of men singing traditional choir music while visitors laid down all around the church.
I was surprised by how much I loved the University of Washington during my visit. It offers a much bigger and traditional college campus with more school spirit than Northeastern. While I was there, we even attended Polynesian Day, celebrating island cultures. It’s also just completely picturesque and gorgeous. It would have been interesting to go to school on the west coast and while I was a bit envious, I came to the conclusion that Boston was still the best choice for me at the time.
That being said, it’s likely I’ll live in the Pacific Northwest at some point in my life. Jane is one of my favorite people despite the fact that she keeps a Jo-Ann Fabrics card in her wallet (I swear, she’s cool) and I was so happy to not only spend time with her but see all of the amazing places and people that make up her life in Seattle. It was unfortunate that for the 5 days I was there, it was rainy and a little cold; the day I left it turned 80 and sunny. Oh well, I plan on coming back!