TRAVEL DIARY: Seattle Vlog + Unpacking from The Northwest Regional Astrologers Conference (NORWAC 2017)
I was supposed to live in Seattle. So many times I had made plans to move there, but each time life took me in a different direction -- Spokane, Muscatine. Back to Spokane... back to Boise...
Alas, it simply wasn’t meant to be and my love affair with this city would remain a fleeting desire.
I’m always inspired by this quirky city-- it’s got a seedy history of debauchery, told with dramatic effect by the tour guides of the Underground Tour (a double entendre, of course); it’s hip without the pretentiousness; it’s a foodie’s paradise. Even the tourist traps are cool-- the iconic Space Needle, Post Alley Bubblegum Wall, the Pop Culture Museum and the Freemont Troll, to name a few, and really, I could go on…
So it was a no brainer when I had the chance to attend the NORWAC conference! Learn and connect with other astrologers in my favorite city in the PNW?
When visiting another city, it's always fun to get off the beaten track and to really feel into the local vibe. I like to get swallowed up by the hum of the city, to be carried away by its rhythms, cadence, to join the dance... but this time we stuck mostly to the tourist sites. To see it all, check out the video below (skip ahead to 17:13 if you only want to see the tour. Otherwise, you can listen to me ramble on about the first 17 minutes for my NORWAC insights, if you are into that kind of thing!)
My daughter, Zoë, who lives in Seattle and works at a luxury hotel, offered us the President's Suite during our stay for a very, very reasonable rate. This is the luxury penthouse suite in the luxury hotel that overlooks the Waterfront... who could refuse that?
Upon our arrival, the valet parked our car and the concierge offered us each a glass of champagne while we checked in. It felt good to get the VIP treatment and be pampered!
And I was super stoked to see that our suite had a jetted tub! This is a running joke in my house. I waited for eight years in our last house for Barry to remodel the master suite bathroom with a super-soaker jetted tub, but we actually moved before I could use it! And now, in our new home (which requires some remodeling, too), I can not use the home's only bathtub because it has its own water heater, which is too small to provide enough hot water for a luxuriant bath! (In case you are wondering, we have three bathrooms, two with showers and one--in the mater suite -- with an unusable tub. That will be remedied soon, but until then...I shower.)
Needless to say, I enjoyed the heck out of that super soaker, jetted tub!
Seattle is a Foodie's Paradise.
Our hotel was steps away from Seattle's International District, which is teeming with authentic Asian cuisine, Chinese bakeries and Japanese sushi bars. We walked to Green Leaf Vietnamese Restaurant, which came highly recommended, and I ordered my faaaaavorite dish, the Bun Dac Biet. Barry ordered the Short Ribs. Both were cooked to perfection! In fact, the dishes were so good, we went back for lunch on our last day in town and ordered the same thing!
Of course I would be remiss if I did not mention the coffee. I don't drink coffee much any more (not since my adrenal fatigue diagnosis), but for Seattle, I make an exception. Sadly, Seattle was shocked by the news of Cris Cornell's sudden, unexpected death earlier in the week, and it made me sad to see this iconic picture of him on the cover of Seattle's The Stranger. His music still has the power to transport me back in time every time I listen, and those were some great memories! Rise in Power, Cris!
During our stay, Zoë was the best tour guide! She inherited her mother's love sushi, and took us to NiJo Sushi Bar and Grill, which is located slightly off the beaten path of Seattle's tourist district. Tucked away in one of Seattle's many pedestrian alleyways, it was a quiet retreat from the hustle and bustle of the downtown core. We took advantage of the unusually sunny skies and sat on the terrace to enjoy dining alfresco.
THE CONFERENCE: NORWAC 2017
Finally, I have to tell you about the conference! It was great to connect with some great people, to dive deep into astrology and learn a thing or two, which I am happy to share all about in this video...
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