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I'd been to Seattle three times before. The first time, in 2009, I did everything my guidebook told me to do there. The second, in 2011, I explored for a few hours between a train from Vancouver and a flight back to Chicago. And the third time, in 2013, I spent a few days after a trip to Hawaii. I went back to Seattle, for five nights, for the fourth time, a couple of weeks ago. I had friends I could stay with and just needed to get away for a few. Part of me always feels like I should travel...

After a week in Hawaii, I headed back to Seattle with Jen and Andrew to hang out for a few days. I've been to Seattle twice(ish) before and have pretty much exhausted the city's attractions, so I had no major plans other than to walk around, drink coffee, and chill out with my friends. I ended up exploring some of my old favorites: Pike Place, the sculpture park, and the weird roadside art in Fremont. I discovered new attractions, like the Locks, where boats get to rise up in the water to transition from salt water to fresh. I met...

So I spent three more days in Seattle with Scotty. On the first day I visited his school and walked around the campus while he worked in the morning. We met for yummy Thai food for lunch and then I was left on my own for the rest of the day. [caption id="attachment_56604" align="aligncenter" width="1400"] University of Washington campus in Seattle.[/caption] I decided to take a bus to Fremont, which is pretty much my mecca. There are all kinds of crazy things there, like a giant rocket and a statue of Lenin and a giant troll. Awesome, eh? [gallery type="rectangular" link="none" size="full" ids="56606,56607,56608,56609,56610,56611,56612,56613"] I...

I arrived in Seattle on a Wednesday morning and took a way too expensive cab to the hotel because I was way too tired to try to figure out the bus system. But I got to my hotel and since Brian wasn't getting in until late in the day I decided I would explore on my own. After trying to read a map I determined that I was sort of kind of near Capitol Hill, which is the eccentric area kind of reminiscent of Clark and Halsted here, only even a bit more out there. Seriously I got stopped by...

1. I am kind of screwed up on time. It is currently 12:15 in New York, 11:15 in Chicago, and 9:15 in Seattle. I need to wake up early but am nowhere near tired yet. 2. I hate when I see cute boys with hot cameras and all I have on me is a point and shoot. 3. Having to pay $15 a day if I want internet in my room sucks. Free WiFi in the lobby is decent enough though. (p.s. I was totally going crazy because it didn't work in the lobby...

I got to Pike Place Market at least decently early enough that the tourist crowds hadn't started forming yet. I wandered a bit before spotting the original Starbucks and starting out my morning with a tall mocha. I then wandered some more until I figured out which stand was the one that threw fish around. So I lingered to watch some fish tossing action. They were kind of awesome. I thought though that they just tossed fish around for the fun of it but I guess they only do it when people order something. So while there were fewer crowds...

Monday, June 29, 2009 It was an exhausting day! I'm now staying with Scotty in Seattle and so this morning I took the bus with him over to University of Washington where he works/is in grad school. I toured around a bit while he worked and saw the fountain, red square, a Washington statue, the quad, and some other random statues sprinkled throughout campus. I grabbed a coffee at the coffee shop at the physics building and then we met back up for lunch and got some delicious Thai food. He went back to work so I grabbed a bus to Fremont...

Day three of my vacation consisted of driving. A whole lot of driving. Luckily I wasn't the one behind the wheel on our road trip through British Columbia. This time and I learned that it is a whole lot easier (and perhaps a whole lot safer) to take video and photos while being a passenger. We woke up early in the morning, checked out of our hotel in Seattle, Washington, and hit the road in a rental car for the Canadian border. Our destination for the night was a motel in New Hazelton, British Columbia. Can you believe that this was my...