Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Monday, May 31,2010
Happy Memorial Day! First time in another country today. I was exhausted this morning, but I’m glad I stayed awake for the ferry ride. We boarded with our vans on this huge ferry into the San Juan islands, which was like traveling back in time to New England, with the forests and lonely isles enveloped in fog, everything grey.
We are now in Victoria, which is turning out to be pretty cool. The architecture is very European and there are some really great shops here. I’m trying to be prudent, though!
We finished the evening with 3 hours of swimming in this HUGE pool complex that was apparently used for the summer Olympics once. It had this massive water slide, and of course the 10 meter diving platform, which some of us couldn’t resist.
We are in another hostel, which isn’t too bad! I kind of like it. The one in seattle was better, though.

Sunday, May 30, 2010
Awesome: Pikes Place Market at 7 am, before the huge crowds.
Awesomely more awesome: Seattle folklife festival . Me and some peeps got it down to some ethnic beats into the night.
Saturday, May 29, 2010
On our way to Seattle, we stopped in Astoria, Or. Which is this cute town with lots of Antique shops and Victorian-style buildings. We stopped at the Goonies house, and had some random adventures there.
Drove to Seattle, and got there at 5. We had a brief look at the market. We are staying at the Green Tortoise hostel, which is literally on Pike and 1st, super close to Pike Place Market. After we all got settled in (it’s a pretty decent hostel) we all went to the waterfront to eat some Alder’s Smoked Salmon, which was way decent, but not as mind-blowing as I’d hoped. From there, we walked up and down the streets, went to H&M and bought some stuff, and kind of wandered around aimlessly, which was WAY frustrating to me, as I really wanted to go to the folk festival and a reggae show (and possible Talib Kweli) but, sadly, I had to stay with the group. But we did end up playing Truth or Dare Jenga at this one Café.
Friday, May 28, 2010
Woke up early and had a wonderful morning, then went down to the local café to take pictures, which was followed by some art making, then another trip in the afternoon to this cool dining and cooking school thing. Then that night we had a critique that was very motivating. I realized I got a lot of more work to do!
Bikes! And Glass Blowers!

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