It wasn’t exactly my first impression of Seattle, since I had been to the city 8 years previously to look at colleges – wow, I feel old! However, it truly felt like I was seeing it for the first time when I went for a visit this month. I looked at travel so much differently back then, and at that time I had only spent one day in the city, en route to Puget Sound University for an overnight dorm stay.
Portland is one of those cities where you sometimes need a little help to see what’s what rather than just taking it for what it is on the outside. I’ve been living here for 4 months now and, to be honest, it wasn’t the easiest nor most welcoming city to move to without an already established friend group.
As in true Portland fashion, my bus was running over 30 minutes late to get over to the Northeast. I quickly walked a few blocks over to catch another bus that was leaving soon, and managed to get to The Blind Cafe about 15 minutes late. I apologized profusely and they graciously let me come in with one of the last groups going into the darkened room. The night was just getting started and everyone was still getting to know each other.
This week started off with a bang, heading to Seattle for a couple of days and having an amazing time up north. Seattle is so much more of a vibrant city than I ever remembered it to be from that quick trip 8 years ago when I was looking at colleges. We LOVED Seattle and I was even able to meet up with fellow blogger, Marissa from Postcards to Seattle, while I was there.
As soon as I saw a picture of Lake Tekapo on my Pinterest feed one day, I saved it in the memory bank as a place I had to visit for my road trip around the South Island. In fact, it was one of the places I was most excited to see, mainly because I love lupins and turquoise blue, two aspects that Lake Tekapo is known for.
There was so much more going out in Portland this week, and I think it made me realize how much I want to make that a habit from now on – maybe just without spending so much! Part of it was due to our couchsurfer’s last few nights in Portland, so we had more than enough reasons to go out and enjoy the city. We mainly stayed in downtown this week, with a skip or two over to the NE and SE for random events.