If you've read my last post, then you know I've spent this past week in the beautiful Seattle, Washington. I've been posting a few photo updates here and there, but I have so many more that I've yet to share (and lots of video too). Overall, it was an awesome trip! I tried not to have too many expectations since I had never been to that part of the country before. I've heard different things from different people, but I suppose at the end of the day, you really just have to jump right in and experience things for yourself. I just got back last night, so I still have to sift through all of my footage, but there will for sure be a video accompaniment. It's really hard to capture the essence of an entire city in the span of one week, but I tried to do my best to give a quick account of my experience.
Upon planning my trip, I didn't really have anything particular to do in mind. I just wanted to spend time with my family for the most part. The first day, I went to a really awesome park called Discovery Park. I'm usually not one for hiking and all of that (unless it's glamour hiking), but that park was gorgeous! Maybe Seattle gets their fall weather early, but all the leaves were so vibrant already. Afterwards we went to a neighborhood called Ballard ( I remember because it had the name of my favorite Supreme). Ballard reminded me of one of those neighborhoods you see in Halloween movies where everyone goes to trick or treat. The next day, I went with my sister to work. Her job is pretty darn cool for a corporate place. Everybody gets to bring their dogs to work for one. Also, probably my favorite part, was the fact that they had an entire arts and crafts room for personal use! Needless to say, my creative juices were overflowing a bit. I could've stayed in that room all day.
I found out that the first Thursday of each month, downtown Seattle has an art walk. A lot of galleries have shows from a variety or artists. There is also free wine! In addition to the galleries, the Seattle art museum is completely free all day. Culture can be surprisingly expensive these days, so I do suggest taking advantage whenever something is free.
Another thing that I happened to do for the first time ever in my entire life.... I went on my first solo trip ever! This is something that I've been contemplating doing off and on for quite some time. Ashleigh has been on a few trips by herself, and I always thought she was pretty crazy for doing that. But the more I've researched, I've come to find out, women traveling alone isn't all that uncommon. I figured that going on a trip to Vancouver, British Columbia from Seattle was probably the safest first solo trip a gal could possibly do. I was literally on the fence about going all week though. I finally decided the night before Thursday, that I would go (last minute trip planning is obviously the only planning for me).
Going to a new place you've never been, all by yourself, ALONE, can be nerve wrecking. But doing things that scare you turn out to be the most rewarding. One thing about traveling alone though, all the expenses are on YOU! I'm no Bill Gates, so I had to be half frugal, and half "treat yo self". Depeding on your own personal needs and wants for your excursion, you can come up with things you want to splurge and save on. Me? I splurged (a bit, but not too much) to take the train as opposed to the bus on the way up there. Best. Decision. EVER! My word, what a beautiful ride!! I honestly can't even explain. My eyes were glued to the window the entire time. This was also my first time on Amtrack! The ride is about 4 hours, but didn't feel like it at all. Probably due in part to the anticipation as well as the breathtaking scenery. When I got into Vancity, I decided to walk pretty much everywhere. They don't have Uber OR lyft. However, a lot of stuff in the city center is close together. I only had like 24 hours there, so I didn't venture off too much. Just lived like a local mostly...went to the waterfront, downtown, shopping, eating, and then went out and got drunk! Even though Canada is typically supposed to be safe, I still kept my guard up. I think this is good practice to have everywhere you go.
Anywho peeps, this blog is getting long, so stay tuned for the video! All in all, I think it's good to do scary things outside of your comfort zone. And also good to treat yo self! So don't be afraid to splurge on things that could be totally worth it!
P.s. Even though I'm a huge loner, I was also afraid that I wouldn't find any friends to hang out with! But alas, Ashleigh gave me a great tip. Just start at a bar and chat with the bartender preferably.
P.s.s. While in Seattle, another one of my favorite things was simply getting to chat with my big sister! We didn't grow up together, so we literally had decades of stuff to catch up on.
P.p.p.s. I recently read a list of things that women shouldn't do when they travel out of town alone, and I basically did about half of the list haha. But one good tip is to never share your specific location. Be very vague except with the people you chose to check in with. The checking in is key!