The Mind Meets Seattle - My Family Travels

Seattle  brews of its first Starbucks, statues of pigs in Pike Place Market and a city filled of intellectual morals values. It is true how Seattle is sleepless since the sun goes down by 11pm. It was the summer of 2009 and my family and I were heading to Seattle together for my brother’s college graduation at Seattle University. The moment I stepped off the plane even the huge airport left me amazed. It was night when we landed and coming from a small town from Hawaii the city lights have always captured my attention. The cool breeze of 60 degrees caressed against my skin. Everywhere there were lights, classy homes and even the interior designs of apartments and neighborhoods were fascinating to me. Everything in Seattle seemed to have a modern and classy touch to it. From then on, I knew I’d fall in love with Seattle.

For two weeks I’ve been in Seattle and There were times where I’d be extremely glad to go to a grocery store like Fred Meyers because of the atmosphere. Seattle had class and although it was an Evergreen state, it was a balancing state amongst nature and civilization.

Several parts of Seattle you’d constantly see trees and I wouldn’t ever realize that one of my relatives lives in a neighborhood forest. When I visited them, they’ve taught me a lesson that the city is very beautiful but mankind needs to get in touch with nature. That day at my uncle’s home, my sister and I were freaking out because we’ve been told Seattle has garden snakes. This has been definitely the worst and yet best highlight of our Seattle trip. We were wandering in a feet tall of grass around our uncle’s backyard and my sister and I shrieked at every slight movement and nervously tried to roam the area. That day we haven’t encountered any snakes, but deers.

Seattle offered me the meanings of life and the need to obtain intelligence. From attending Seattle University’s cocktail parties with my brother’s past professors. Or, having to argue my opinions to my brother’s college friends was thrilling coming from a 15 year old at the time. Or, having to eat at the Crab Pot on Seattle’s pier, where loads of seafood was dumped onto our table the city left me smiling everyday.

I’d remember the day before we left to go home. We’d go to Kerry Park and overlook the city and Space Needle. It was amazingly beautiful and before we knew it my siblings and I were saddened at the thought that tomorrow was near. From below, there were stairs leading to a children's park and by then we were children at play at 10pm. My siblings and I were grown and I was still in my teens, but we relived a moment together to fulfill our childhood memories years ago. It was then we played amongst the city and beneath the dusky sky.

Seattle captured the essence of life at that moment; the balance of mankind’s mind and nature. Kerry Park overlooked the city and yet we were below the stars. It was then Seattle will always become my first home in my heart and Hawaii my secondary home. The city is sleepless and as we played till the first hour of the next day I’ve understood and watched people constantly moving in their fast paced that the days must go on and it became a bittersweet goodbye.


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