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Until Next Time, Seattle


Bali here I come! I’m on the first leg of my trip and reminiscing about my past 9 years in Seattle. I’m a transplant via San Diego, via San Francisco, via Philadelphia. Seattle is the longest place I’ve lived even over my childhood homes. I first fell in love with Seattle when I drove through on my way up to British Columbia for an internship to track Orcas (Killer Whales) for the summer.

There’s something about Seattle that drew me in, it was love at first sight. After my summer with the whales, I knew I wanted to come back and live there. Fast-forward 8 years later, I made the leap in 2006 and immediately felt home.

What is it about Seattle that’s so seductive?

Everything I love is a stones throw away!  Canada – 90 minutes away; Portland – 3 hours away; Mountains – 45 minutes away; San Juan Islands – 2 hours away;  Wine country – 3 hours away.

The people are friendly, the food is amazing, and the lifestyle is relaxed.

Red Mountain, Wine Barrels

Terra Blanca Cavern Wine Barrels in Red Mountain

british columbia

Victoria, British Columbia at night

San Juan Island - Roche Harbor

Roche Harbor on San Juan Island

I loved to play tourist in my own backyard. From going to the markets, the museums and outdoor sculpture parks.  There’s plenty to see and do in Seattle.  Elephant car wash was my car wash of choice and I would make a special trip to pioneer square just to get fresh made octopus dumplings at Tako Kyuuban.   After going to Crab Pot a few times, we started making them at home and was the staple welcome meal for any visitors that came in town.

Elephant Car Wash

Elephant Car Wash

I will miss the seafood! I know there will be plenty in Southeast Asia, but there’s nothing like getting a crab from the market and bringing it home to eat it cold right off the newspaper it was wrapped in. I will look forward to that when I get back.

Pike Place Fish Market

Fishmonger throwing Salmon

Pike Place Market

Vegetable stand at Pike Place Market

I’ve made great friends in Seattle and all of them are beautiful people.  With the world being so socially connected and with free wi-fi everywhere, I’m able to stay in contact with everyone. Many have asked if/when I come back to the states, will it be Seattle? Absolutely. Seattle is home and it will be Seattle where I land.

So, It’s not Good-bye Seattle, it’s until next time!

 

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Picture Details (taken between 2006-2008 with Nikon Gear):

Wine Barrels: Nikon D2X; Lens 28-70mm f/2.8;  Settings 1/20, f/2.8, ISO 400

Elephant Car Wash: Nikon D2X; Lens 12-24mm f/4.0;  Settings 1/15, f/4.0, ISO 400

Roche Harbor: Nikon D2X; Lens 28-70mm f/2.8;  Settings 1/1000, f/10, ISO 400

Pike Market Fruit Stand: Nikon D2X; Lens 10.5mm fisheye;  Settings 1/160, f/6.3, ISO 560

Pike Market Fishmonger: Nikon D2X; Lens 12-24mm f/4.0;  Settings 1/160, f/6.3, ISO 400

Victoria, BC at night: Nikon D2X; Lens 50mm f/1.4;  Settings 1/6, f/4.0, ISO 400

 

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