Skyspace

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I finally woke up early enough to experience James Turrell’s Skyspace light sequence. Walking up to the space, the quietness of the morning was quite eerie as if  sound had been wiped out just in this part of the world. I’ve seen plenty of beautiful pictures of the space before, but experiencing the lights in person is really amazing. As I walked up the stairs to meet my friend, I couldn’t help but exclaim that it looked just like a sunrise, for it it really did feel like I was walking up towards and into the sky as the lights illuminated blue and teal around me.  Except a for few French kids, we had the space to ourselves to Instagram to our hearts desire. The space is beautiful and definitely worth the five o’clock wake up call.

Chihuly

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Chihuly Gardens was surprisingly one of my favorite places in Seattle. I admit that flowery glass sculptures sounded like a cheesy idea at first, but walking through the museum and seeing all the beautiful spectrum of colors and glass pieces was quite an amazing experience.  The grandeur of those glass sculptures are pretty neat to see in person.

(photo by Khoa T.)

(photo by Khoa T.)

Seattle

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We arrived in Seattle late at night and after stuffing ourselves completely full with sushi, we were able to enjoy this awesome view from the rooftop of our Airbnb pad. The rest of our stay in Seattle consisted of exploring the neighborhoods and enjoying as much food as we could possibly stuff ourselves with, and that definitely meant lots of sushi, fresh seafood and locally brewed beers.  I didn’t realize how Seattle had so many different neighborhoods. I kind of just assumed that it was a a large metropolitan area, but I was definitely intrigued by the surrounding neighborhoods that we were able to explore. Thanks to a couple of friends and family that we met up with during our visit, we were able to take in some of Seattle’s amazing variety of cuisines, enjoyed some beach time and drinks with some really awesome company and conversations. I admit, I got a little lazy with the hauling my camera around during the most part of Seattle, but did manage to capture a few shots from Pike’s Market, a tourist stop for sure, but we enjoyed experiencing it nonetheless. I highly recommend grabbing some char sui on a stick while you’re in line waiting for that famous clam chowder. And if you’re up late looking for a spot to chill with drinks, I really recommend the Innkeeper in Belltown.

the Cascade

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We opted for the train to go from Vancouver to Seattle. If you have time to spare, I highly recommend business class on a train through the countryside. The views are beautiful and that pink sunset against the ocean and mountains are just amazing.

Gastown

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My impression when I left Vancouver was that it is a very romantic city. Maybe it was the beautiful sunsets on the beach horizon that we witnessed while experiencing our first drum circle performance by the locals, or maybe it was the scenic routes filled with sweet blooms throughout the city. If I could recommend a city for a pair of lovers, it would probably be Vancouver. We spent the last night in the city down Gastown’s lamp lit street enjoying a few drinks and watching other couples dance the night away as the singer crooned on until past midnight.

Museum of Anthropology

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The Musuem of Anthropology in Vancouver had this large room where there are shelves and shelves and cabinets full of fascinating objects and relics from different cultures for guests to explore and admire. I was really captivated by all the beautiful and scary masks on display in the glass shelves. The colors and textures and details in these works of art are so amazing.

Vancouver

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I met up with my friends in Vancouver for the second part of my trip. We took an early bike tour right away on our first morning in the city. The air was crisp, the weather more chilly than we anticipated, and the scenery was breathtaking. We managed to bike around the majority of the city, taking in all the beautiful glass skylines, mountain views and trekked through a part of the forest wilderness. I definitely would have suffered major heat stroke had this taken place in Houston, but Vancouver’s weather was so perfect that the bike ride was very enjoyable.