I recently went back to Seattle for a quick getaway.

It had been a busy couple of weeks at work and I needed a bit of a rest. But I’ve never been good in going away and not doing anything. In fact, my first day in Seattle, I went on one of my library hops.

Aside from all the bookish parts of my Seattle vacation, I also took the time to explore more of the city I hadn’t before. I enjoyed walking around the University of Washington campus. (OK, fine. I got lost looking for its library so I ended up walking a lot.)

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I also finally saw the infamous Fremont Troll!

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I stayed at the Hostelling International Seattle at the American Hotel in the Chinatown-International District again. I was glad to be on the bottom bunk this time around because I’m getting too old to be climbing up ladders just to lay down.

There was a Filipino bakery- Hood Famous Cafe + Bar– just around the corner where I definitely got my ube fix on.

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I was pleasantly surprised to discover there was such a strong Filipino cultural legacy in Seattle. I’d been meaning to check out Dr. Jose P. Rizal Park which was close to the hostel so I finally went. It was quite an ordeal to get there since I got lost. What was supposed to be half an hour walk turned out to be twice as long! And, a bird pooped on me.

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The bridge adjacent was also named after the national hero of the Philippines. It provided a spectacular view of the city!

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Afterwards, I took the bus to Tukwila where there was a Filipino restaurant I wanted to try. Jollibee is the McDonald’s of the Philippines with locations popping up all over the world.

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After a quick lunch and a visit to a couple of bookstores and a library at the mall, I went to explore Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood where they had rainbow crosswalks!

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Of course, I was drawn to Volunteer Park with its name. (Apparently, it was called that for the people who volunteered to fight during the 1898 Spanish-American War.) For someone who doesn’t really like nature, I love enjoying the beauty of the outdoors. And there was definitely lots to appreciate here.

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I enjoyed climbing up the Volunteer Park water tower. Naturally, with my vertigo, it was difficult coming down.

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I met up with a friend for dinner at a Filipino walk-up/takeout window- Jeepney.

Then, we headed to the Capitol Hill Branch. Late Night Tales at the Library was basically an after-hours spooky story time for grown-ups part of Booktoberfest and LitCrawl. It was a fun and festive way to end my second day in Seattle.

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My last day had me taking a ferry to Bainbridge Island. I was pleasantly surprised by how nice the ferry was. And the views of Seattle were amazing.

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I walked a bit of the Waterfront Park Trail before it started to rain. Luckily, I brought an umbrella!

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Some art on Bainbridge Island, on the trail and heading back to Seattle…

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When I travel, I also love visiting places that inspire and encourage kindness and change. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Discovery Center is that in Seattle. Their current exhibit- We the Future: Young Leaders of Social Change– was inspiring. There were lots of interactive elements to engage visitors.

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By the Space Needle, there was a Peace Garden.

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In Denny Park, Seattle’s oldest park, was a labyrinth, which, of course, I walked.

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Some other sights…

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I met up with my friend one last time for dinner before I headed back to Portland. Writing this recap post, I can’t believe how much I managed to cram in in such a short time!

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