After being back home in Austin for about 8 hours, it was back to the airport again, this time to Seattle! This was our annual family vacation and it was planner full of things to try, places to eat, and spots to visit.
After waking up at 2am cst, a 4 hour flight, and landing at 8am pst, we had already been awake for 8 hours and we were just starting our day. We got to our hotel, and as tempting as it was to just lay on the newly made bed and sleep, we braced ourselves and headed out for the day.
The Link Light Rail is the transportation of choice in Seattle and it is extremely convenient. We took the light rail to the Westlake station where we immediately found a din tai fung to eat lunch. The food was so good. 10/10 recommend.
Then we headed over to the Seattle Aquarium. It was near the pier and in a really nice location but the aquarium was a bit disappointing. They didn't have a lot of animals but the best part were the river otters.
Then we walked over to the Starbucks Reserve, but I didn't want to try any of the reserve blends so we just walked around and looked at what they had to offer. We headed over to Pike Place Market and saw all the fresh flowers and produce as well as the flying fish stand.
We were ready to head back to our hotel, but saw the first Starbucks on our way to the light rail and stopped by. Since it's the summer, there were quite a few new drinks out and I took my chances and tried out the Salted Cream Cold Foam Cold Brew which was served in the trendy "no plastic straws" lid. I actually really liked the lid and despite original concerns that my drink may spill as I walk down the street or while on the Light Rail, I didn't spill a drop!
After that pit stop at Starbucks, we took the Light Rail back to our hotel, got some fast food, and went to sleep. It had been a long day, with us being awake for about 20-22 hours.
It's quite a bit colder in Seattle than in Austin, and I definitely did not pack enough clothes for this. We chose a good week to come to Seattle too because it was about 110+ degrees in Austin and after being outside for 5-8 hours a day last week, the colder weather was a welcome change.