As promised, I’m back again with another post in my ‘Travel Tales’ series. This one is dedicated to my most recent trip to Seattle, Washington. Frankly, I still can’t believe I actually went on this trip considering my friends and I planned everything just days before summer vacation began. One day, while we were sitting at our campus Starbucks, my friends and I decided that we wanted to take a trip together. We decided on Seattle as our ultimate destination and before I knew it, we had already booked our tickets. At that point, I hadn’t even informed my family nor taken work off, making this one of the craziest things I’ve ever done. After 4 days and 3 nights in the Emerald City, I’ve returned with many stories to share about our mishaps and shenanigans.
Taking into consideration that we’re college students that don’t have a lot of money, my friends and I opted to book an airbnb instead of a hotel. From the pictures online, our airbnb seemed like a really cute and cozy home located in Capitol Hill, a prime location as it’s the up and coming part of town. The detailed description of the place also looked very good as the place was fully equipped with three beds, WiFi, an iron, towels, blankets, and anything else you could possibly need for a comfortable stay. Little did we know that when we’d arrived to the apartment, we would be met with trash all over the floor, empty pill containers, a giant pile of bottles that used to contain alcohol, and an ominous atmosphere. After getting over our initial shock, we called the homeowner and found out that the place was supposed to be cleaned but the maid was just running late. At that point, we didn’t know what else to do but to just carry own with our itinerary. So we changed our clothes, put on brave faces, and left the apartment to explore the Emerald City. Luckily, when we arrived back home, the place was clean and none of our stuff was stolen by the maid.
Wanting to see the city’s skyline, my friends and I went to Lake Union and rented kayaks. We split up in groups of two and went off into the water. We had a blast kayaking, taking pictures, and enjoying the nice 85-degrees weather. Then… the unbelievable happened. Nobody had taken note of where we had started from. Nobody expected that all four of us would be completely thoughtless. My friends and I needed to return the kayaks as we planned on paying for two hours and at this point, time was running out. So we went around the lake, doubtfully paddling until we finally found the kayak rental area. Relief washed over us as we were no longer lost at sea. We made it in time and gladly paid for our wild adventure.
On our last day in the town, we were on a quest to return our airbnb keys to a drop box located in a nearby 7-Eleven. Regardless of having spent the past three days here, we were still quite the tourists, having to use our GPS to guide us. Thanks to technology, we successfully made it to the 7-Eleven- only to find out that it was the wrong location… on the opposite side of Capitol Hill. Now remember, it was our last day in town, we only had an hour until we needed to be at the airport, and we still had to return the keys and get to the light-rail station to make it to our flight. Once again time was ticking for us as we rolled our luggage across Capitol Hill through rocky roads and grasslands. Being fed up with having to roll my luggage through the gravel, I picked it up and carried it for what felt like an eternity. Finally, we reached the correct 7-Eleven store, returned the keys, and bolted to the light-rail station. Out of breath and almost out of time, we hopped on the metro and sped off towards the airport. As you may have guessed, we made it on time to check-in and boarded our flight successfully. Whew!
Alright, loves! That’s it for today’s ‘Travel Tales’ post. I hope that you all enjoyed reading about the Seattle adventure that my friends and I went on! Seattle is such a beautiful city and if I could move anywhere, it would definitely be the Emerald City.
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be? Let me know in the comments!