No typo here folks, you read that right — just 12 hours. One round trip, one 90+ degree day, and one infamously delayed airline to complete my Summer trip to the rainy city, Seattle. You might be wondering, “Why would anyone spend just a half day in a city full of hustle and bustle?” And to that I answer, “Why not?” It was a spontaneous decision, but being a young 22-year-old fairly fresh out of college I didn’t think I had much to lose. So let me tell you all about my quick trip up north.
To answer your first question, Matt (my boyfriend) is currently in the application process for physical therapy schools and the University of Washington is one of his top picks. We decided on a mini trip to Seattle since A) tickets were cheap B) we wouldn’t need to pay for an overnight stay and C) the majority of our mini vacation was dedicated to visiting Matt’s hometown in NorCal, so we wanted to spend more time there instead. Even though we didn’t spend that much time in Seattle, I would say we made our trip well worth the money!
Our first stop — The University of Washington. It was a quick stop at the school, but visiting here was the main reason behind our trip. Sadly, we didn’t get to explore much of their campus since the PT department was fairly small and we wanted to see other places as well. I think what made this trip a little more enjoyable was the fact that both Matt and I have already visited Seattle in the past, so there wasn’t so much pressure to go from destination to destination or having the fear of missing out. All the stress mostly accumulated towards the end of our trip, but I’ll explain that later.
I was actually super proud of Matt when we visited the department. He built up the courage to walk into the office of one of the professors there and talked to him for a solid hour. I don’t think I would have the guts to do that! Made our trip worth it even more since he was able to get some info and tips on the whole application process straight from the source. Now that the serious business was over, it was time for us to head over to Pike Place Market.
I didn’t mention this earlier but our flight was at 6:00AM and by the time we got out of the university, it was roughly almost noon. So you could imagine, we were freaking hungry! Aside from some snacks at an airport lounge, we hadn’t eaten anything all day and Matt was craving some chowder from the award-winning restaurant, Pike Place Chowder. Thankfully, we beat the lunch rush and got there around 2:00PM, so the wait wasn’t anything more than about 15 minutes. We decided to share a lobster roll and a sampler platter with 4 mini bowls of the New England Clam Chowder, Market Chowder, Seafood Bisque chowder, and Smoke Salmon Chowder. Let me save you the trouble– the Seafood Bisque Chowder is the way to go! Oh, and don’t get the lobster roll, just… don’t.
After our chowder-full lunch, it was time for a little dessert at Ellenos Real Greek Yogurt and boy did we make the mistake of not sharing a cup. Not saying their serving sizes are exceptionally large, but the chowder from earlier had us feeling some type of way. Matt got the marionberry pie and I just got the marionberry (it didn’t have the bread bits like the pie version, but I wish it did). Once we finished stuffing ourselves, we walked around the rest of the market and eventually hit the Gum Wall, where I made my mark in the town.
If you know me at all, you probably know that I absolutely despise beer (although I do find myself ordering a glass when my options are limited — hello, Guinness!). So what’s the next best thing? You guessed right if you went with a cold glass of hard cider, and what do you know — Schilling Cider House was not too far from the Pike Market (cheers internally)! Yes, this bar was totally made for me, a shameless beer-hater and, to no surprise, our first order was a flight of 6 uniquely-flavored ciders. I can’t particularly remember the exact names of the ones I enjoyed the most (not because I was hammered or anything, there were just so. many. flavors), but I can tell you my favorite ones were the peach and pomegranate ones. Probably my least helpful tip, since they do seasonal flavors and we’re falling into autumn now. Other than the cider, I did really enjoy the setting of the bar itself. It had a ton of card games to choose from, and I guess I’ll insert here that I beat Matt 3 out of 5 in a game of Speed, ha! But we set aside our rivalry with a friendly game of Mad Gab. After a couple of more glasses and fruitless attempts at the ‘difficult side’ of Mad Gab, it was time to meet up for dinner with an old coworker of mine, Kevin.
Matt spoke very highly of the Amazing Thai Lao Cuisine restaurant, so highly that I would have felt like a damn fool if I skipped out on a meal here. If you couldn’t tell by now, we’ve had a lot of food on our trip so far. I’m actually amazed I was able to make room for our dinner, and boy was it worth it! We first shared an appetizer of kao nam tod, a crispy rice salad — this is a crunchy, savory must-try! For our main orders I went with my safe Thai meal, a yellow curry with shrimp, while Matt surprised me with his order of kao poon. I didn’t feel too bad about my food of choice, seeing Kevin order the basic of the basic, pad thai. After a quick little game of catch-up and full stomachs, we made our way over to Kevin’s house for a brief tour and from there he drove us to the airport (true homie right there!).
Our first mistake planning this whole trip, and I failed to mention this earlier, was booking with Spirit Airlines. If you know anything about flying, you would know that Spirit is infamously known for delayed flights. Our original flight was scheduled to depart at 9:45PM but with all the inevitable delays, we didn’t take off until about 12:30AM. Matt and I were incredibly exhausted by dinner time, I had been awake since 4:00AM! With all the flight delay notifications, we took a little nap at our gate waiting for boarding times to be announced. I guess with us being so burntout, we didn’t hear our boarding time and completely missed it (by this time the departure time was 11:30PM). The front desk people were very short with us, rude, and didn’t even look us in the eye during our little fiasco! You get what you pay for. I was way too tired to express how stressed I was so I just sat there in awe, trying to figure out where we’d sleep for the night and how much we’d have to spend to get a new flight. After about 10 minutes, the Spirit employees told us we can board because, wait for it… THE FLIGHT WAS DELAYED AGAIN FOR AN HOUR. At this point I really wanted to express my frustration but I was just glad to have a flight back home. If there’s anything I’ve learned on this trip at all, it’s that I’m never booking with Spirit ever again, no matter how ‘affordable’ they are.
That ends my short trip to Seattle! I decided to try a different style with this post in particular, so let me know your thoughts. I’m going to try to make a set schedule for my blog posts, so please bear with me. Thanks for sticking around this far.
p.s. thanks Matt for the pictures 🙂