As many times as I've been to Seattle, I could never get tired of this city. The laid-back vibe, fresh air, nature-y backdrop. With a hint of the hipstery twist. Who's not down with that? It's like I had never left Austin! Though Seattle would have felt more like my 2nd home if some of my favorite people haven't recently moved out of this fine, quirky city! My ading is now somewhere in Arkansas. Liz moved to Houston a year ago. And Helen ... I have no idea what happened to her. But for sure, Seattle's not the same without them. Yeah, it's just not the same. Many, if not all, of my memorable Seattle (mis)adventures involved them all! Then in comes Jay to save the day. He moved to Seattle 2 months ago and thanks to him and his proximity to Seattle University, Vince and I got to be college kids all over again, running around Pine St. and E. Madison St. every morning. Def a great place to kill a whole week, where finding tourists this far removed from Pike Place Market, Belltown and Chinatown is rare. We kinda felt like locals! Young locals, at that. You know, kicking it with the college kids and stuff.
But I'll admit, even without all the good people no longer in Seattle, this trip has proven to be just as memorable as the last few. How many people can say they started off their very first hours in town jamming out at a Typhoon concert with Jay's roomies at The Crocodile and then going on a midnight tour around Brandon's malarial research lab immediately thereafter? We even ventured outside of Seattle to do a bit of hikage in Whidbey Island. (Our first choice was Mount Rainier, but weather beat us out. Next time!) And ain't nobody took advantage of the Car2Go like we did! Nor had to fight a losing battle for a Car2Go like we did. I thought you Seattleites walked and biked everywhere?? Oi. But I'd do it all over again - zipping around Seattle in a Car2Go. It's fun! Even though it's a hassle and even though parking is scarce and even though you spend more time searching for a Car2Go than actually riding in it. My Car2Go word of advice: Reserve, reserve, reserve! Maybe when I come back to Seattle in 3 years, teleportation will be alive and well. Hey! A girl can hope! Would def make my traveling life easier!
besos ... jin.