This past December I was lucky enough to spend Christmas in Washington with my boyfriend's family. Usually for winter I end up going back to Korea to spend the Holidays with my own family, but this winter it just made more sense to stay in the States rather than to spend thousands of dollars to fly 14+ hours only to come back a week later. And so, I was off to Washington.
I was at Washington for two weeks so saw a lot of cool things, experienced a lot of fun things and consumed so much (so much) food. This will be part one of the Washington Series, where I share my memories and food diary of my time in Washington.
CHRISTMAS WITH THE LEES
Being the first Christmas away from home, I felt such a wide range of things mentally and emotionally as I prepared to spend Christmas with my boyfriend's family. Thankfully, there was no need for so much apprehension because they were so welcoming and warm and I I felt extremely thankful to be able be accepted into their home and into their Christmas celebrations.
"first christmas away from my family was surprisingly warm"
UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON
I actually had never heard of University of Washington until I met my boyfriend. Little did I know it was such a wonderful school with an absolutely beautiful campus and a rich history! I toured all around the campus libraries (the Harry Potter library is Real! And in Seattle, of all places!) and the fun nooks and crannies of this fine, established university. It was fun talking about our college years and how time really flies - especially when you're having fun with the person you love.
PIKE PLACE MARKET
When anyone, anywhere goes to Washington, you can bet they will go to Pike Place. I absolutely adore this place. Not only for the amazing signature food but the overall market is so charming. Local vendors gather in various floors of the market selling literally everything and anything you could imagine! Most of the market tends to be food-related (I mean, I am not complaining), but you can also come across various knick-knack and antique shops and even some beautiful flower shops! I made sure to pick up some fresh tulips for my boyfriend's mother. Oh, and you can't forget that gum wall! Oh, that alleyway is absolutely nasty. But in the name of tourism and avid instagram using millenial, of course I had to visit and document it as well.
"honestly, the gum wall is kind of overrated. but for the 'gram, of course."
STARBUCKS RESERVE CAFE
Although I've already visited a few Starbucks Reserves in New York, I knew I had to visit the original one in Seattle. While I was really excited to go visit, it was so chaotic and crazy inside that honestly I felt really overwhelmed. There were so many people, so many cameras and phones and conversations and coffee being hauled everywhere - there was just a lot going on. Also, they got our order completely wrong? Matt ordered a hot chocolate with a shot of espresso for me and a latte for himself but we ended up getting a cookie and a green tea latte with espresso. I mean... at least it was yummy?
"don't go to the starbucks reserve expecting to sit and relax... that won't be happening."
One of my favorite memories from my time in Washington were the mini family trips that Matt's family took us on on the weekends when they were not working. One weekend we drove all the way up to Leavenworth, a small town inspired by Bavarian culture and architecture (it was so freaking cold and in the midst of a snow storm so I don't have any photos or videos from there, unfortunately). And on another weekend we rode a ferry to see the Seattle skyline and also visited the Chihuly Gallery. My words and photos can do no justice to the beautiful art that is Chihuly's beautiful and mystical glass!
This little park was in a super bougie area of Washington and it had an amazing view of the Seattle skyline. It was absolutely beautiful and once again reminded me how much I really fell in love with Washington during this trip.
"I never imagined a future living anywhere but east coast.. until now. i most definitely would not mind living in washington someday."
As always, thank you for reading.