I’ve always been pulled towards the PNW. My father grew up in Seattle, but I had never visited. When I saw the trip was available, I jumped at the chance to walk the same streets that he walked, to explore the land of Nirvana, the home of “grunge.” I was eager to explore the famed Pike Place Market, seethe famous gum wall in person, and possibly bring my husband along on our first “work trip” together.
Luckily, my sweet husband was able to come along! My crew was also extraordinary- all of us close in age and seniority within the best airline. The flight there was great— the passengers happy to be on their way and mostly peacefully sleeping as we flew through time zones, over the beautiful terrain of Canada.
We landed mid-morning in Seattle, the clouds filling the sky and a chill in the air. Alex and I excitedly chunked our luggage in our hotel room and set out to explore! We started our new day with a second breakfast at The Crumpet Shop in Pike Place. It’s a must if you are in town! I had the honey walnut and Alex enjoyed a basil, tomato and pesto crumpet. It was perfect!
We walked through the market, exploring new stores, flowers, watching the fisherman launch their daily catch at excited patrons. As we ventured down to the famed gum wall, we stopped for pictures as we volunteered to take photos for other visiting tourists. I’m not sure where this tradition comes from, but it was exciting to take part.
We walked for miles along Seattle, discovering new neighborhoods, enjoying brunch at an amazing restaurant— Tilikum Cafe (get the dutchbaby!) — and talked and laughed about the future and our favorite memories of the past. It was a great day and wonderful break from the hustle and bustle of our little city Boston!
We are already planning another trip there to discover the hiking that awaits us just outside of downtown. With my first month of flying down, I look forward to this wonderful career! Coming up in June: Washington D.C., Reno, Baltimore, Salt Lake City, Paris, Amsterdam, Orlando, New York City, and wherever else my office in the sky takes me!
“Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” – Ibn Battuta
Love & Light,