Moments we live throughout our life are one of the biggest asset we have because the experience of it will stay with us for life. Happiness is what we all strive for; however, we all fail deliberately to pursue it. Unwillingly, we get caught up in our daily routine and we somehow forget to live. As children we used to get exited about little things and it seem that being happy was a life norm which did not require a specific reason. On the contrary, as we grow up we are looking for reasons in everything, even such as to be cheerful, forgetting that happiness lies within us and that’s where we should start looking for it. Life is full of up’s and down’s and nobody is bypassed by failure, pain and disappointment, but the existential truth is that everything passes, both good and bad. What we have left is the privilege of choice: we can’t change or predict what future has reserved for us, but we can choose how to react to it, and that makes the difference. Training ourselves to stay positive takes time, patience, perseverance, and willingness, but it is possible. Time is ruthless and that is why we should learn to enjoy every single day given to us.
Along with hobbies, exercising and daily/weekly goals, I find that a way to boost the internal well-being is weekend getaways, especially the unplanned ones. The adrenaline goes up and the entire being gets ready for a new adventure. This happened to me last weekend when I had the chance to visit Seattle on an unforseen voyage. Knowing that ” The Emerald City” is one of the nicest cities in the U.S, I was dreading for this trip from the minute I find out I am going. And what can be more exciting for a person with Wandelust Gene in their DNA? As long as I remember myself, I was eager to discover the world and visiting new places is exactly what I need to feed the “wolf”. So, a weekend outside my usual environment sounded as good as it could be. Well, after deducting the flight hours and ones that I would eventually end up in Hypnos’s Kingdom, my time reserve for walking around the city counted about 36 hr. Being framed by time I had to be very selective with what I choose to visit and do over the weekend in “The Jet City”. Below you can read my suggestion on what to do if you find yourself in Seattle for a short period of time:
Visit Space Needle
The 184 m (605 ft) observatory tower opened its doors to his visitors in April 1962 and nearly 20.000 people were using its elevators every day. The tower, once the tallest structure west of the Mississippi river, hosts at the top an observatory deck, the Skyline Restaurant, snacks and coffee outlets. On the SkyPad, an interactive wall, you can type in the name of your original country/town and it will be displayed on a map along with distance information. On the same wall, you can upload pictures from your own Space Needle visit. Pretty cool, don’t you think ? The Downtown Seattle Skyline, Elliot Bay, surrounding mountains and islands can be viewed from the top of the structure. No doubt the tower is a Washington state landmark and a true icon of Seattle city. The Needle’s doors stay open Monday through Sunday from 10 AM till 9:30 PM. I purchased a deal ticket that covered both Space Needle and Chihuly Garden and Glass Museum visit. Also they are located within few minutes walking distance from each other, which prevents people from wasting their time driving.
Take a tour to Chihuly Garden and Glass Art Museum
The Studio Glass Exhibition opened for the first time in May of 2012 and includes three main components: the Garden, the Glasshouse, and the Interior Exhibits. The eight galleries showcase Dale Chihuly’s art work who used a variety of colors and techniques to manufacture the glass. The Glasshouse has a suspended glass sculpture that is about 100 ft long and is one of Chihuly’s largest suspended sculptures. Each gallery has its own theme covering sea-life, floating boats, chandeliers etc. Most of its works are accompanied by a multi-colored reflection that looks like dancing shades on the walls or on the speculum stands. A combination of classic music, dime lights, a color diversity of reds, yellows, blues, purples, and golden creates a mysterious and intimate atmosphere that gives you the impression of being one on one with the sculptures despite the number of people. The Art Museum opens its doors every day at 11 AM and closes at 7 PM, Fridays and Saturdays is open till 8 PM.
Explore the Pike Place Market
Opened in August 1907, the Market is one of the oldest public farmers’ markets in the United States. As per Wikipedia the Pike Place Market is the most popular tourist destination in Seattle and the 33-rd most visited tourist attraction in the world. The Market overlooks the Elliot Bay Waterfront and has several levels which display a variety of products including foods, flowers, handcrafts, antiques and souvenirs. If you decide to visit the market, don’t hesitate to check out their chocolate shops where they offer a diversity of artisanal chocolate that will make you forget about sugars and diets. Colorful flowers of different shapes, sizes, and odors are available in the main arcades of the market. I have to say that when I entered that section I felt a strong desire to buy every single bouquet on display.
Enjoy the views at Waterfront park
Located on pier 57 – 59 the Waterfront Public Park offers unique views of the city skyline, the ships in dry dock, container cranes, the Olympic Mountain and Blake Island. The park also hosts the Seattle Great Wheel, the tallest Ferris Wheel on the West Coast of the United States, and the Seattle Aquarium on the opposite side of the Wheel. The Pier 57 occupy a significant place in some major events in the city’s history. Read more about that here.
Walk towards Olympic Sculpture Park
The Olympic Sculpture Park opens new views and horizons that will make you experience an exclusive visual pleasure. Hiding himself behind the mountains, the sun paints the sky in a distinct composition of colors and shades, which reflects in the water and creates a peaceful and deep atmosphere. Also the park hosts few sculptures that can be admired while enjoying the calmness of the park. On the way to this destination there are several Piers which offers individual prospects of the city and its surroundings.
Have fun at the Woodland Park Zoo
Woodland Park Zoo occupies the western half of the Woodland Park and hosts about 300 animal species. The diversity of animals can be observed in major exhibits like African Savanna, Northern Trail, Tropical Rain Forest, Trail of Vines and Banyan Wilds. It was heartwarming to see lions, rhinos, giraffes, white wolves, zebras and so many others. My favorite place was the room where for a dollar bill you get the chance to feed the colorful parrots. Even though you are not allowed to pet the birds it is fun to see how interactive they are. Close to the entrance you get to watch the penguins enjoying their water pools. Well, while looking at them I couldn’t help but remember the Penguins of Madagascar cast, and that made my day.
Have a wonderful weekend & See you soon,