Travel Diary: Seattle Day 5 - Bits 'n Pieces Travel Day

January 18, 2016 (continued): For this day, my visual documentation was limited due to a mixture of being burnt out from the previous day’s adventures and it being a traveling to the next leg of my tour day.

Below are just some random photos from my phone that I did manage to capture for that day.

I started off with breakfast at The Crumpet Shop since I was craving something pretty light from all the heavy eating I was doing the past few days and it was in walking distance from my hotel which was a bonus. It kind of amused me that such a “posh and proper” cuisine as tea and crumpets was right across from a Showgirls - I guess that’s the diversity of Seattle for you!

The Crumpet Shop makes crumpets from scratch so I was eager to indulge - I ordered the Pesto Tomato Parmesan and a Lemon Curd Ricotta flavors. The crumpets were fluffy, soft pillows of goodness, and the ingredients tasted fresh. I highly recommend stopping over their for breakfast or a snack if you’re in the area.

I had some time to kill before my flight, so I explored a little more of Pike Place Market. I was finally early enough to witness the famous fish tossing amongst the vendors. Got another fortune from the Zoltar outside the magic shop.

I walked around the nearby area and saw some cool street art along the way. Stopped off in the flagship Nordstrom store, where there was a Diptyque candle the size of my head -the photo doesn’t do the size justice.

I walked around the nearby area and saw some cool street art along the way. Stopped off in the flagship Nordstrom store, where there was a Diptyque candle the size of my head -the photo doesn’t do the size justice.

On my way to the airport, I spotted a cool mural. It’s funny, as I was taking this photo, a girl who was standing near me for a while also decided to take a photo. Is this like yawning, you see someone do it so you’re also compelled to do so?

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Finally reached my destination at the airport where I waited to board for the next leg of my adventure, San Francisco.

All images taken by me via iPhone6.

THANKFUL THURSDAY: FREE WEEKLY PHONE WALLPAPER - WEEK 5

Round 5 is up for my Thankful Thursday: Free Weekly Phone Wallpaper series. 

Quote: "No rain, no flowers"

See previous versions here.

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Thankful Thursday: Free Weekly Phone Wallpaper - Week 4

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Round 4 is up for my Thankful Thursday: Free Weekly Phone Wallpaper series. 

Quote: "Start somewhere."

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Thankful Thursday: Free Weekly Phone Wallpaper - Week 3

Round 3 is up for my Thankful Thursday: Free Weekly Phone Wallpaper series. 

Quote: "There are seven days in a week and someday isn't one of them."

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Thankful Thursday: Free Weekly Phone Wallpaper - Week 2

Here is round two of Thursday's free* weekly phone wallpaper, a little motivational inspiration to keep you going till the weekend! 

Quote: "The best way out is through." - Robert Frost

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Travel Diary: Portland - Day 4

January 14, 2016: On my last day in Portland, I wanted to explore the Eastern Promenade Trail where you can view many of the famous bridges that cross the Willamette River into downtown.

The day started off with breakfast at the much hyped Tasty n Sons, where I ordered the Moroccan chicken hash and a "nutritious" chocolate potato doughnut on the side. The Moroccan chicken hash had a nice, complex blend of flavors that warmed the palette with its hint of spice. While I found the doughnut to be nice, it was a little on the dry and crumbly side unfortunately.

Moroccan Chicken Hash at Tasty n Sons.

Chocolate potato doughnut with creme anglaise at Tasty n Sons.

Something that made me chuckle while waiting for the bus.

After breakfast I headed towards the Eastern Promenade Trail. Right away, you’re confronted by the Steel Bridge, opening up for boats passing through and rumbling under the weight of the light rail and cars. The view from the walkway, you can peek through to the Broadway and Fremont bridges. On the other side was a clear view of the Burnside bridge leading to Old Town. Seeing the expanse of the river and downtown was breathtaking (but it also could’ve been the dead of winter air that was taking my breath away!).

Heading further into the trail, there is a dock that you can walk into the river on and get an unobstructed view of the city. There, I found amusing little graffiti anecdotes that make Portland the absurd city that I love.

I ended my walk across the promenade and ended up in the Pearl District area. Needing a pitstop and shelter from the cold I went for a Moroccan latte at Ovation Coffee & Tea, which had a front row view of the Fremont bridge. Later on, I grabbed a vegetarian burrito for dinner at the Laughing Planet Cafe, before heading back to catch my flight to Seattle that night.

Fremont Bridge

My overall view of the first time visiting Portland is that it is one of the friendliest places I have ever been. I feel like their city motto of “Keep Portland Weird” really resonates with its culture in that I never felt judged by the natives, and everyone I encountered was willing to engage in a friendly conversation. It was definitely a great start to my trip across the west coast.

All photos taken by me on my Canon 70D and iPhone 6.

LA: Art of the Street

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Couldn't resist a life imitating art moment!

Couldn't resist a life imitating art moment!

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Back in college I was obsessed with street art and pretty much bought every book I could find on it. That's part of why I love LA because it has reignited my love and nostalgia of environmental art. Since my instagram was starting to become a documentation of just this, I decided to share the ones I didn't post but still loved enough to take. There's so many I haven't captured yet because I've spotted it as I was driving, and anyone who's driven in LA knows how hard it is to find decent parking even just for a minute (also because driving here still terrifies me a little!). 

Can you take a guess on where these are located? Or if you know of any must see's - let me know in the comments down below!