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Thursday, October 22, 2015

Seattle (Part 1)

I was watching a video of a couple YouTubers answering fan questions, and one of the questions was "What's your favorite place that you visited this year?"

I thought about where I've been this year and couldn't come up with much. Usually, I travel quite a bit -- I don't purposefully try to travel, but I get restless sitting in one place for too long. Blame it on the immigrant background (and the free trips you can't pass up, all hail mother Yale and its infinite endowment). The year when Nate and I lived in New Jersey, I went to Jamaica, Haiti, Mexico, and Cuba, and within the United States we traveled across the country and spent a lot of time exploring New Jersey -- especially my most favorite trip of ours -- Cape May! (that magical story is for another day) Since then, I've traveled to Brazil, Canada, and Ukraine. But thinking back on 2015, I couldn't remember any trips. And then it hit me -- Seattle! I'd spent the whole summer in Seattle! Not as much a trip as a temporary move, but still counts.

Now, I don't know if I can radiate through the screen how much I love Seattle. It's an amazing, fantastic place. Seattle (in the summer, at least) is hands down my favorite city in the U.S. I fell in love with Washington, D.C. last summer, but Seattle went above and beyond.

It was April. I was about to finish law school, and Nate had an internship lined in Seattle. I thought, why should I stay in Connecticut when I can go live with my cutie pie? We've been living apart for three years now, and I could take the bar anywhere anyway (thanks, D.C. for your liberal waive-in policies). So it was decided. Off I went to study for the Washington State bar in the city of a thousand lakes.

And when I tell you that I only feel warm and fuzzies when I think about Seattle, DESPITE the fact that I spent the most miserable two months of my life there trying to convince the state that I could read, rite, and rithmetic good enough to practice law, you have to at least consider that maybe, just maybe, the city is phenomenal.



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