I got back from Seattle late last night. I woke up at 10AM this morning, feeling absolutely exhausted. I have a bit more energy now, so I’m doing my best to do a combination of adulting tasks (unpacking, laundry, looking for a sofa bed, buying a new phone case) and some self-care (writing this post, journaling, and reading).
A few highlights from my trip:
Pike Place Market: I’ve visited Seattle 5+ times in the last three years and this is the first place I actually spent time at Pike Place. Taking public transportation allowed us to not worry about parking our car in a time-limited parking zone and actually sit down and enjoy our coffee (and atmosphere) at Storyville Coffee. Their goat pesto breakfast sandwich was amazing and I loved spending my morning there, just sipping my mocha and reading. My mom and I also got a free mug and bag of coffee for signing up for their newsletter, so that was a definitely another highlight.
One of the totem poles at Victor Steinbrueck Park (right next to Pike Place).
Side note: Seattle’s weather was perfect while I was there! It was cloudy, but warm enough to wear shorts and flip flops.That being said, I wore shoes since I ended up walking 15,000+ steps every day. I’m not a fan of hot, humid weather, so I love that Seattle’s “summer” feels like fall.
My brother works near Pike Place, so my mom and I had lunch with him every day while we were visiting. On one of those days, we went to Noi Thai Cuisine, since I was craving Pad See Ew. I’m convinced everything tastes better in Seattle, even Thai Food.
Moore Coffee Shop
Moore is my other favorite coffee shop in Seattle (tied with Storyville). Their latte art is cute and their coffee is delicious as well! They also serve waffles and sandwiches, which is on my list to try next time.
St. James Cathedral
My mom and I share a love for pretty Catholic churches, so this cathedral made it to our list. We got there an hour after their gift shop closed (which was disappointing), but the cathedral doors were open, so we wandered in. There was a painting of Our Lady of Guadalupe in there, along with a prayer calling us to stand in solidarity with immigrant families. It always makes me happy to see a faith community stand up for social justice issues and for reminding their parishioners that their faith is intertwined with social justice and service.
Capitol Hill & Elliot Bay Book Company
Capitol Hill reminded me of Venice in California. A ton of quirky, hipster stores. We first stopped by Bakery Nouveau for lunch (not pictured) and walked to Elliott Bay Book Company. I was tempted to purchase a book, but since I already bought a book the day before (and attempting to exercise some level of self-control), I decided to get a wooden penguin bookmark instead. Their bookstore is not as big as Powell’s or Strand, but they still had a nice selection of books and plenty of tables to plop down and read. I wish they sold used books, but I only saw new books when I was there.
I have so many more pictures to share, but this post took way longer than I planned. I’m off to finish my laundry and everything else I said I’ll do earlier.