Two weeks ago I got the opportunity to travel to Seattle over a weekend with the MUSS bus, an annual trip that takes football fans to one of the Utes away games. Me and a few of my friends, Sabrina, Rebecca and Cassidy, decided we wanted to go, and on Thursday 5th November, I found myself in the stadium parking lot at midnight trying to figure out which coach I was supposed to be on.
It was a long journey, we travelled all night through Idaho, Oregon, and then up through Washington to Seattle. It was at least a 12 hour drive and I got ready for a night of not much sleep and being very uncomfortable!
We finally got to Seattle, but even though we arrived a few hours later than expected, our hotel rooms still weren't ready for us! That meant walking around Seattle, still wearing comfy sleeping clothes at 2 in the afternoon. We weren't feeling up to much so we went to a pizza place to kill a few hours before we could freshen up. Our hotel was right by the Seattle space needle so that is where we headed to first. The Needle is quite expensive to go up so we decided to boycott that and instead take a ride on the ferris wheel later on.
I was able to see my friend from camp, Dre during my short stay in Seattle. When we shared a tent last year at camp, I promised that I would go visit her when she moved to Seattle. A year later I managed to keep that promise! She took me to loads of amazing places that I wouldn't have seen otherwise, and it was awesome to catch up and reminisce on last summer. It was seriously the best to be able to see an old friend in one of the farthest of places from home but I'm glad that our schedules worked out. Dre, if you're reading this, love you long time girl!
The next day, we had all morning before the game. Finally, we had some time to spend exploring all the touristy sites of Seattle! We visited the First Starbucks (basic white girl right there), Pikes Market and the Gum Wall. Contrary to Leonie's first impression, I did NOT lick the Gum Wall, I just pretended to! We were lucky in our timing for this tourist attraction as well as a few days later they pressure washed the gum wall away, to start fresh.
Pikes Place Market was a beautifully vibrant place, with so many different stalls, but most predominantly fish! We watched the infamous market stall where they throw fish between the workers and freaked out as we thought one was coming for us!
We returned from exploring downtown Seattle back to our hotel and got ready to go to the University of Washington to watch the Washington vs Utah game. Although we were at the very highest possible point in the stadium after being promised 'premium seats' we had a great time cheering on the Utes and we won! Made the whole 800+ miles journey worth it!
We then returned into the city to explore Seattle in the evening and I had my first experience of Buffalo Wild Wings. (10/10 would recommend, kinda like Nandos but an American version). We then managed to get on the Ferris Wheel before it closed but due to being such a typically rainy day in Seattle, the view out the window was fogged and therefore wasn't as spectacular as I thought it would be. At least I can say I did it!
After a few hours sleep back at the hotel we woke up at 5.30 to get back on the bus for the long journey home. Although the trip was short but sweet, I'm so glad I was able to take the opportunity to visit an amazing city that I don't know I would have made my way to otherwise. However, I can say that it is a beautiful, vibrant, and happening city and I will definitely not be opposed to exploring more of it again. However, for now, I can just add it one more place that I've explored over my time in the US! Also a big shout out to my friends who also came to Seattle. We managed to all stay mostly sane on those long journeys and it was great to get to know each other better! Can't wait for the slightly shorter road trip in March to LA! :p
This week has been full of approaching deadlines, but there's a light at the end of the tunnel in the fact that Holly and her friends are visiting from Colorado. I'm so excited to show them around the city, and the surrounding areas, I hope they fall in love with it as much as I have. The Ski season also starts this weekend, and I finally have everything I need for a full season on the slopes. I'm so excited to be skiing every week so get ready for some photos that are bound to make you jealous very soon!