happy new year! i hope the holidays treated you well. i’m happy they are behind us! my coping mechanism was to run off to seattle for a few days:

first photo in seattle : space needle

within an hour of arriving at my hotel, i met martha, aka sew fab martha, and we did a 5-hour photo walk along the waterfront, through pike place market, in and out of antique shops, and around downtown seattle. we ate fish and chips at ivar’s, and for dessert, she took me to the wall of gum (it’s as gross as it sounds). we made fun of the people in line at the original starbucks (because there are at least 8 more within a 5 block radius). she introduced me to the monorail, and we were horrible adults and raced to the front of the train to get the front seat, leaving a bunch of kids in our dust.

pike place market

my afternoon with martha was so much fun, and it was like we have been friends forever. we’re still trying to figure out how exactly we met — martha says i’m one of her first few flickr contacts from around 19 months ago, but i’m still not sure how we found each other!

me and martha in a chocolate shop

i also got to have coffee with chandler of anagram press and the tailor (aka her husband) at macrina bakery. i met chandler a few times before she moved from minnesota, and it was so nice to see her again, and to meet the tailor, and to learn more about the history of seattle and learn more about each other. she and the tailor gave me a ton of great ideas for the rest of my stay, and i couldn’t do them all so i’ll just have to go back. twist my arm.

it's decaf!

one of their tips was to hike up a big hill to bhy kracke park: the view rivals that of the space needle, and the hike is free.

morning hike, all uphill

as you can see, the sun is out. it was out for the 3-1/2 days i was there. i think the “it rains here 99% of the time” thing is just a means to keep the riff-raff out.

and lastly, one of the main reasons i went to seattle was to meet and spend time with my sweet friend evalynn. we ate puerto rican. we met for coffee in the mornings. we ate sushi (it was so cheap! and yummy!).

sushi @ musashi

we shopped at the daiso japanese dollar store (i had to ship my booty home – there wasn’t enough room in my suitcase.). we went to the seattle art museum to see the calder exhibit. we took the underground tour and learned that prostitution saved seattle. we walked up a massive hill to eat cheese and have a glass of wine at bricco.

goat cheese with honey, ricotta bruschetta

i was very sad to leave seattle, because that meant returning to minnesota cold and ice, and going back to work. but the trip was a great way to end 2009. and i’m looking forward to what 2010 will bring!

16 responses to “seattle!”

  1. martha says:

    it sounds perfect! I love seattle. I missed the japanese dollar store when I was there this summer! maybe that’s a good thing?

  2. jess says:

    I need a trip to Seattle for my birthday I think!
    These photos are so great Jen!

  3. jenn says:

    Sounds like fun! And it looks warm(er) there! Sushi…..

  4. Rebecca says:

    Happy New Year! I love the sound of the 5 hour photo walk – what fun :)

  5. Anna says:

    I tell you, when I went out there for a week it was sunny the whole time! This rain thing is a total lie.

    It looks like you had such a fantastic time. I’m happy for you. And blown away by how much you can squeeze into just a few days.

  6. jackie says:

    if you were to quit your day job you would make a great travel agent. but no ordinary travel agent – THE travel agent who knows how to get the best insider information. Just reading about it made me sorry you had to return back to BRRRRRR Minnesota.

  7. Krissy says:

    Happy New Year! Looks like a fantastic trip. I need to get to Seattle- never been!

  8. aimee says:

    oh fab! seattle is one of my favorite places – and meeting up with bloggy buddies is one of my favorite things to do, as you well know. so glad you had a good time and a break from the evil chill.

  9. Martha says:

    What a great summary of your wonderful trip to our fair city! And yes Anna, it is back to pouring rain here today! Jen, I am so glad I met you and had such a fun time with you on our photoshoot! Come back soon and I’ll see if I can beat the gum wall as the most interesting tourist destination! ;)

  10. Martha says:

    P.S. Share that fabulous horse pola pic!

  11. Evalynn says:

    Aw jeez. I just love ya Jen! I’m so glad you came for a visit! Beautiful pictures, by the way. Thanks for teaching me about my own city. And I promise that I will kind of try to not get an iphone. Maybe. :)

  12. Di says:

    happy New Year! It sounds like a perfect break and that sushi does look delicious. My friend is going to a meeting in Seattle this year -I’ll need to get her to go to the Daiso! I loved them in Japan.

  13. kristin says:

    sounds like you had a great time and yeah, i’ll bet you’re sorry to return this THIS nasty cold spell we’re having. anyway….happy new year!! and may you have many more places to travel in 2010 Jen!!

  14. Patricia says:

    Looks like you had a blast! Great photos. Did you bump into Dr. McDreamy out there?

  15. Chandler says:

    It was so great to see you—although the visit wasn’t nearly long enough! Next time you come you’d be more than welcome to stay at our house, and check out T-town.

    So glad the weather put on a show for you—but remember! The party line is, “Oh, yes, it rains all the time, and we’re miserable.” Gotta keep up appearances, y’know!

  16. kim says:

    Seattle: it’s all about perspective. A friend of mine just moved there, came home for a visit, and cried her eyes out when she returned. It took her 3 weeks of living there before she found out she has a view of a beautiful mountain from her living room.

    Love seeing Martha’s photography–wow!!–and Chandler’s work–love that holiday card especially. What a great way to see Seattle and I’m so glad it didn’t rain.

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