Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Braids!

I've got a thing for braids lately. My hair doesn't seem to be thick enough to get a nice, big, messy braid, but I'm going to keep trying...
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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Pretty...

These pictures are making life feel pretty right now...

Saturday, April 24, 2010

West Coast Wonder: Day 10

Yesterday we visited Stanley Park!
We met up with a new friend (Nelson, the pastor of Artisan Church) in the morning for coffee, and then hopped on a bus to the park. We didn't realize how big Stanley Park is! We figured the best way to get around the seawall was by bike...so we went off to rent one.

That's right...one. We took on the challenge of the tandem bike, and while it was a big struggle at first (with Kevin being adventurous and speedy, and me being so cautious), we eventually found our groove and made our way around the entire seawall. It was so much fun, and one of our favorite parts of this entire trip!
Stanley Park is so beautiful and peaceful. The views were amazing, and even though it was a bit cloudy, we were in awe during our whole bike ride! If it had been a sunny day, it would have been nice to bring a blanket and lay down in the park for a few hours, but I guess that will have to wait until our next visit. Here are a few pictures from our afternoon:
ALSO! We met up with our dear friend Terri last night! She's going to spend the last two days of our trip with us! We hit up Yaletown, and found a great little bar there, Raw Canvas. It's a wine bar and an art studio in one; really cool. We're so excited to spend another full day with Terri! Tomorrow we hope to hit up Granville Island...

Friday, April 23, 2010

West Coast Wonder: Day 9

We said goodbye to our super-rad hotel yesterday. Thank you Ace Hotel! You were awesome!
We highly recommend this place if you're ever staying in Seattle. The location is great, the rooms are sweet, the employees are the nicest AND it has the best continental breakfast ever! Well, mostly just for one reason...the waffle maker. Please allow us to demonstrate.
Step 1: Pick and choose your cup o' batter.
Step 2: Strategically pour your batter into the waffle iron, being sure to equally cover all crevices.
Step 3: Close and turn waffle iron. You are especially good at making waffles if no batter spills out of the edges. It may even be your spiritual gift.
Step 4: When you hear the beeper, your waffle is done! Open the iron to see your handiwork, and be sure to let everyone know how 'perfect this one looks'. Transfer waffle from iron to plate.
Step 5: Add butter and syrup, and take part in the deliciousness that is called 'waffle'.
So we left Seattle yesterday, and took a bus to Vancouver. To be honest, we were least excited about this leg of our trip, but now that we're here, this city looks incredible! Our hotel is right downtown, and we spent the evening exploring Granville Street. We had dinner at The Templeton, which is a rad little dinner with major throwbacks to the 50's.
A few more pictures from the (so far) lovely city:

Thursday, April 22, 2010

West Coast Wonder: Day 8

Since we started our trip, we’ve been trying to maintain a good balance of ‘seeing everything we should see and making the most of our trip’ AND ‘relaxing, and just soaking up this glorious vacation time’. Yesterday was a great mix of both. It was our last full day in Seattle, and we finally got to witness the Seattle rain we’ve heard so much about. Since we woke up to the rain, we decided to check out the Underground Tour.

The tour is a guided walk where they tell you a lot of the history of Seattle, and take you underground to see some of old shops and alleyways where the city used to function. What happened was after the Great Fire, the city rebuilt everything (in brick this time), but since they wanted to flatten out the land a little bit (the hills in Seattle are insane!), and solve their sewage problems, they planned for the second story of all the buildings to become the part that would meet the new roads they were building. Since they were building to roads at a second-story level, it would put all the bottom level sections 'underground'.

(Above) While we were walking around the city, we’d see these glass squares in the sidewalk, and we learned that they acted as ‘sunlights’ for the buildings below.

It was a really interesting tour, and although the price is a little steep ($15/person), I’d definitely recommend it. Next we checked out the Seattle Library, which we were told (by a lot of people) was a must-see. It was incredible! Definitely the most amazing library I've ever seen...

We spend the rest of the day walking around (Downtown, Capitol Hill, Belltown, etc), and ended up going to the movies later that evening. We hit up Whole Foods on the way home, and made friends with the cheese expert there. We picked out some Brie and wine, and headed back to the hotel for an 'evening in'...

Amazing day.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

West Coast Wonder: Day 7

Another great day in Seattle! As much as we’ve tried our best to fit in here on the West Coast, yesterday was a day to be tourists. The weather was beautiful (grey, but warm), and we headed to Pike Place Market. The market was so huge! We had no idea what to expect, and soon found ourselves weaving through the floors and alleys of this crazy place.

Of course, we couldn't leave Pike Place without seeing the original Starbucks! Kevin got a Pike Place Roast, and we heard a little bit about the history of this location. They are the only 'chain' that's allowed in the market, since they got in there at the beginning. BUT because they are a historical landmark, they are not allowed to make any upgrades to their building. This means that they don't serve food, and they brew their coffee in the original barista machines.

After our time at the market, we hopped on the ferry for a ride over to Bainbridge Island. Okay, riding the ferry is amazing! We saw an awesome view of the city, and got to enjoy the fresh breeze!

We got off at the island, and spend the afternoon strolling the small-town shops, enjoying the Pegasus coffee shop, and grabbing dinner at the Harbour Public House (mmm, fish and clams and mussels!) This is a definite recommendation for anyone coming to Seattle; Bainbridge Island is a whole other part of the culture here, and the 30 minute ferry ride is so nice!

I thought I'd include this thrilling video for you as well. Bainbridge is so cute!

When we got back, it was time to navigate ourselves over to the Victory Lounge. Why? Because it was Tuesday! If you know us, you know why Tuesdays are important, and that we weren’t about to miss our favourite TV show just because we’re on vacation! We found this sweet LOST viewing that happens each week at a bar here, and afterwards, they had a LOST Bingo-Trivia game, and we won a prize! It was a great day, with lots of beautiful weather, and nice walking, and we were totally exhausted by the end of the night. Stay tuned, as we participate in even more tourist activity!

(*Update: Camera charger found! Yay!!)