This segment of my review will mostly be told through pictures. I really wanted to finish this series in May but the doors of opportunity summoned me. So before I write about those new journeys, I need to finish this. Anyways, these photos are from two days of activities. This is just a glimpse because I will most certainly be back for a longer time period.
The first Starbucks store ever!
Freshly made cheese
Tom Kha Gai soup and Panang Curry Chicken
Seriously, the best Thai restaurant in the States. A must go!
I had an idea of certain places I wanted to visit; however, I’m glad I went with the rhythm of my host. Uncle Jay is really good at maximizing vacation time. He and Aunt Garcia showed me around town and have fed me well. I’m a little tired from all the adventures I’ve had this week. It’s only Thursday and we still have a coast visit and other restaurant plans.
Lake Union and Queen Anne surrounding area
On Queen Anne Hill overlooking Lake Union
Ascending to Queen Anne Hill
Hair check: My hair stylist was insistent on me trying crochet braids. I’m still not sure about them.
The Cascade Mountain Foothills
Red Cedarwood tree stump
Cousin Donna joined us for lunch at the Vietnamese restaurant. She is single and adventurous too! I plan on going to Hawaii with her next year if my family can’t commit. I haven’t been back since we left as kids. I’ve already convinced myself that I’m moving to the Pacific Northwest (PNW). So when cousin Donna kept “speaking into existence” that I will be here next year, I was totally here for it.
Tamarind Tree traditional rice
I think these are fried spring rolls
It was a beautiful restaurant even the bathrooms were nice.
My mind is now able to focus on revising my goal plan. I will succeed and the only thing to stop me is death. I shall not fail. If there is a bump or hurdle I will move it. I brainstormed some modifications that i would need to make to have an optimal application process for Optometry school. I feel ready. Up next, the closing post for this series, Part Four- A Different World.
Today marks the last day of exams. I took Orgo 2 final and I’m pretty sure I have a 1/4 chance of getting an A :). As I sit in the airport awaiting my flight departure, I ponder the necessity of the numerous hoops pre-health professionals have to jump through. I planned on applying for optometry school this year but an eerie level of uncertainty looms within me. Its seems as if this journey has sucked the life out of me. I feel empty. I’ve sacrificed a lot of things to get this far and yet it appears I have nothing to show for it. I’ve lost my mission and purpose and I simply don’t care. Now don’t worry about me. When I feel this way, it usually means I’m due for a vacation. Breaks are important and essential times for me to reconnect with my inner-self. For this break, I chose Seattle because I have relatives there I haven’t met, it’s different geographic region of America, and the opportunity to visit an optometry school in Oregon. In others words, I needed love, outdoors, and a direct source of information.
This is my second solo trip this year and I’m so excited! This is also my first time flying with Southwest Airlines. I must say the check in/security procedure went exceptionally smooth. I opted for early bird check in and had only one carry on item. I preferred to be technology free during my get-away so I left my laptop at home. Southwest offers more affordable travel arrangements since they include two free checked bags with their fare fee. It was nice to be able to watch live /On Demand TV. Honestly, the trip to Seattle was non-eventful and i arrived safely to my destination. I’ll save my SEATAC airport review for the last part. Stay tuned for Part two- Roadtrip to Oregon. Lots of photos to come!