Sunday, June 5, 2016

Seattle: A Summary

All good things must come to an end, and thus did my trip to Seattle conclude. On the second to last day, Friday, we visited the University of Washington and made another trip to Pike Place. UDub was admittedly very pretty, but I still prefer Berkeley. Suzzallo Library's soaring, arched, Collegiate Gothic ceilings remind me of Hogwarts, but are a bit dark for my taste, compared to the Neo-Classical style of Doe Library here.

One of the things I miss most about Seattle (this is #basic, but bear with me) is the abundance of Starbucks. There is literally a Starbucks every two blocks. I was able to try the Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew, which might be one of my new favorite drinks (very well balanced flavor), though I was unable to find a store that offered the Nitro Cold Brew. Pike Place is also the home of the original Starbucks store, but I've heard that it's not worth a trip inside due to the line.

Finally, we went back to the DonutCat stand. I don't know what it is about them, but DonutCats are amazing. They come in two sizes, regular and mini, and between the both of us, Kelly and I bought three mini DonutCats. Seeing how much we loved the toys, Skye Saylor, the creator of DonutCats, allowed us to take the Mon DonutCat out and about Pike Place. We went to the Seattle Gum Wall, Beecher's Handmade Cheese, and Piroshky Piroshky Bakery (if you walk past and smell it you will know why it was a must-try). It was an incredibly fun experience, and it made that day oh-so sweet.

I also made a vlog of the trip, something I've been meaning to try for a long time. I did forget to vlog a lot of parts, such as hiking near Mount St. Helens, visiting the University of Washington, and taking Mon DonutCat around Pike Place, but overall, the vlog turned out just fine. The clips are set to the Owl City song "Hello Seattle" (and thus ads may appear by the copyright holder) which I found fitting to the experience. I may continue to vlog in the future if I travel more and it's not too much work, but overall, it was a wonderful trip and a fun project to work on. ◊

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