Seattle/Vancouver Recommendations?

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You know when you’ve been planning a vacation for months, and it seems like it will never happen, then all of a sudden, it’s here? I’ve been thinking about this trip since December (probably even earlier than that) and now it’s finally close!

In a couple of weeks, I’ll be heading home to California. My full itinerary, though, involves LA, San Diego, Seattle, and Vancouver! I’ll be home to visit my family and then we’re taking a family vacation to Seattle and Vancouver. On the way back, I’ll spend a night in LA, then head down to San Diego for my best friend’s wedding.

To say I’m excited is an understatement and I know I’m only going to get more excited as the trip draws nearer. If you’ve been to Seattle or Vancouver and have any recommendations to share, I’d love to hear them. I’ve been planning the bulk of the trip and I’d love to know if there are any must-see sights or must-do activities that I should add to my list. This will be our first visit to both of these cities and I’m so excited to explore somewhere new (and to finally relieve that wanderlust itch for a bit).

Just talking about the trip makes me giddy. Hopefully I’ll have lots of pictures and some videos to share with you guys when we get back! I’m actually thinking about renting a different lens for the trip (have any of you ever rented camera equipment?).

Tell me: Do you have any trips planned for the summer?

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Fifth-Year Reunion Photo Diary

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A couple of weekends ago, I went to my fifth-year reunion and had a surprising amount of fun. It wasn’t that I thought I wouldn’t have a good time, it’s just that with the move and everything else going on, it kind of snuck up on me. In fact, I thought maybe I would skip it, but instead, I ended up registering about a week before the event.

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I started to get really excited on the train ride down to New Haven. I made the train trip with one of my really good friends who used to live in NYC, but now lives in San Francisco. It was so good to see her and catch up, and that’s really what the whole weekend was like. With the exception of a couple people, all of my good college friends went to reunion and it was so wonderful to have everyone in the same place again.

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We laughed, we reminisced, we danced, and we chatted. I’d been seriously lacking in friend time thanks to the move, so it was just pleasant to have a weekend away to relax and stop thinking about the apartment for a bit. Also, every time I step back onto campus, I’m reminded of how beautiful it is.

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I’m really glad I went to my college reunion. I’ve heard rumors that some people have started to plan my ten-year high school reunion next year, so that should be interesting!