Seattle/Canada PT 1: Shin Splint City

Hello everyone! Hope you all had a lovely Memorial Day Weekend! Long time no see, huh? Er, blog post. Haha, sorry for not visiting your blogs in a while, but I've just had the most marvelous trip this past week to Seattle and Canada! I traveled with our school's Business Club, since they do a trip at the end of each year. Corina informed me about it, so I started attended meetings and helping out with events. Eventually, I raised enough so I'd only have to pay $200 for the entire trip, and that covered hotels, transportation, and most of the food! 

So I've been off getting lost in new cities and have so many stories to share! I'll sum it up briefly though, and today I'm breaking down the first half of the trip, which was in Seattle. 
 So what I've learned about this city is that you haven't truly experience it till you've gotten shin splints! Haha, Corina and I often would split off from the group to explore on our own, and I'm so glad we did. We got lost multiple times, but we know downtown Seattle so well now. Plus, it was a good experience. I couldn't stop marveling at the amazing architecture of this city. The sky rocketing buildings had this small town girl in awe. The hustle and bustle appealed to me as well, and I couldn't help but picture myself living here. I loved Seattle! 
 Mmmm, the infamous Gum Wall, only the second germiest tourist attraction in the world! We had to add our contribution to it of course.
We went on a couple tours while in Seattle, and my favorite one was the food sampling tour at Pikes Place Market! Goodness, if I lived in Seattle, I'd be there all the time. However, by the end of it, Corina mumbled to me: "My stomach's been teased." 
Haha, those food sampling flirts! We had to go back on our own time to fully appreciate what they had to offer. So the minute we could, we snuck off from our group to grab piroshky and clam chowder. I also had to go snatch some souvenirs, which were food, of course. All of my extra money pretty much went to food on this entire trip...
 Also, does anyone else know that the original Starbucks started here? Corina and I had to go visit it! We were smart and split up at the market, so while I shopped for souvenirs, she waited in line and ordered. 
 Next up, the Space Needle! We had gotten reservations for the restaurant, and was the most expensive meal of my life. For one person's meal? $60. Yikes! It was a once in LONG time treat. But the fact that the restaurant would spin as you ate meant a 360 degree view of the city, so that was cool. Afterwards, we went up to the observation deck, and it was spectacular!
It was slightly windy...
We also visited the EMP Museum, which was definitely impressive. Haha, in the photos above, you'll see Corina and I in the scream booth they had at the horror movie exhibit. Although I'm still really disappointed we couldn't make it to the Seattle Art Museum. Next time though, right?
So we did a couple more tours, but those weren't as interesting...aha, our advisor was the one who chose them, and Corina and I had to tag along. However, most of the time, we would sneak away or dash off as soon as possible to explore on our own. We found the troll bridge someone had told me about, and it's the same spot used in the movie 10 Things I Hate About You! So cool! 
Later that night, we went down to the docks and got to ride the enormous ferris wheel that's down there!
The view from the top is AMAZING! Those city lights get me every time.
Overall, our time in Seattle was awesome, but it was nothing compared to Victoria...haha, stay tuned for Part 2, when we took a ferry over to Canada! 
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Samantha said...

Looks like your trip was oodles of fantastic fun! That gum wall is pretty neat - at first I thought it was dripping paint or something! And who would have known the original one started there?! I had my bet on somewhere in Cali :S

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Rinako Camellia said...

Cute photos! ^^

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Sampada said...

Seattle is one of my dream cities -- I really need to visit someday! Loved all the shots of the things you and your friend did. Straying from the group definitely has its perks -- cities are meant to be explored aimlessly anyway!

Sam said...

Hi Linda, it was so exciting viewing your holiday photos, it was almost like being there with you! I don't know much about Seattle but your post has made it much more interesting than Id ever imagine, Cant believe that gum wall!! I am always grateful for your every comment :)

Alexis Crawford said...

It looks like you had a lot of fun! I love all of these pictures!
lexi @

Sarah P said...

Oh my, Seattle looks incredible, I saw your instagram photo of Seattle and it looked so picturesque. The gum wall is interesting, I'm in disbelief that it's only the second germiest attraction in the world haha!

Sarah xo | PolkaDotLemon

Ali Hval said...


I have been vicariously traveling alongside you on your amazing journies... because wowowo, look at all these neat pictures! That gum wall. Those buildings. Dat giantman about to consume you whole... you're going on neat trips, and I'm so so glad you're enjoying it. :D You have such an adventurous heart and I'm glad you get to fulfill those wandering feelings.

$60 for one meal IS ridiculous, but at least you know you're getting taken good care of lol (at least, I hope you did! I'm sure it was delicious. ALSO THAT'S THE SPACE NEEDLE SO COOL). Sometimes you just gotta spend money and do things just to say you did, yeah?

Anywho, I'm glad you had such a good trip. Over so so soon, right? TOO SOON, I BET! But you got awesome pictures and made awesome memories. And other awesome things.



Tehehe, have a wonderful rest of your week, Linda!

PS) I laughed so hard when I read your reply to my post about the pads--"Momma's Diaper!" omg. XD

Izzy said...

hope you had a wonderful weekend Linda! and lol I can't believe there's a gum wall. beautiful new blog layout too! :)

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Maiken said...

oh I totally loved that post! loved loved loved! so many cool snapshots and exciting happenings. I just love it when I can learn about new places via my favourite blogs. like I said, so cool! and how anxiously I'm waiting for the part 2 already!!! :P

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Elisa Bellino said...

Really good and funny pics dear!

Mica T said...

Looks like lots of fun! Except the gum wall...that kinda grosses me out a little, yuck! haha!

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Rosalinda Tjioe said...

Looks like you had so much fun! Love your casual outfit as well :) x

marilovesgr33n said...

love of of these pics of your travel.
Traveling is one of my favorite thing in life.
You had a lot of fun.

Kati said...

Ah, what a great opportunity for you guys! This sounds like a fantastic trip and I'm glad you took pictures so we can participate a little, too! :-)


nancy @ adore to adorn said...

aw how fun!! Looks like the best time! I've been to Seattle once but I definitely want to go again and this time, with the husband! haha

Anita said...

lovely blog :)

Ashley said...

I still can't believe how close we were and I didn't get to see you!! So glad you loved Seattle though! Pike's Place is one of my favorite places to visit! My best friend lives within walking distance...I'm definitely jealous! Looking forward to part 2!!!!

xo Ashley

Kim Alston said...

Simply amazing Linda! You and the group had a blast. You needed that. I can see it all over your face girl. Good for you and your friend venturing out. It's great to get out there and see what else is offered. I love the photos you took. The theatrics are SO FUNNY! Glad you had a great time.

Toks said...

Amazing Linda, looks like you had such a wonderful time and I'm so glad for you. Can't wait to see the Canada post. I've visited Toronto in Canada and I totally loved it.

libys11 said...

wow. what a wonderful post on seattle! i'd totally do a food tour if i went there too!! :)

can't wait for your canada (I'm assuming vancouver) adventures!

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libys11 said...

wow. what a wonderful post on seattle! i'd totally do a food tour if i went there too!! :)

can't wait for your canada (I'm assuming vancouver) adventures!

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Kat said...

wow you certainly did a lot on your trip! looks like you had such an awesome time! makes me want to visit seattle and that side of canada now! :D

Elle said...

I love your black cardigan the blue tea and your happy face while visiting that wonderful city. I actually did note that Starbucks started there and I can imagine that one really needs coffee in such a dreary place. When I say dreary I'm only referring to the weather it is a remarkable place otherwise.
Love the shots but oh that gum wall ... Eek.
XX, Elle

Avi Valencia said...

Everything looks amazing! I want to visit Seaatle and know it. Many friends already had visited and they recommended a lot. I didn't know it was thr first starbucks over there wow.

Amazing trip, outfit and pics, Linda


Avi Valencia said...

Everything looks amazing! I want to visit Seaatle and know it. Many friends already had visited and they recommended a lot. I didn't know it was thr first starbucks over there wow.

Amazing trip, outfit and pics, Linda


czarianonuevo said...

i enjoyed reading this post!! the Space Needle is interesting!! the food photos look delish!!

czarina :)

Amanda chic said...

awesome places!! :)

Alexandra Zakharova said...

I guess I've already heard about that Gum Wall, it looks amazing and a but frustrating) Those photographs turned out so great, it was really interesting to scroll them down:) I've got to say you and Corina are very pretty and charming girls:))))
Wish you a great day ahead, Linda!

Izzy said...

Looks like you had a lot of fun, that gum wall is disgusting but awesome <3

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Margarita M. said...

Looks like you had an amazing time! I can't believe I've been so busy to miss all these wonderful posts!

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