Flower Mart Crazy

For my birthday, my sister surprised me at midnight (and this was greeted with a full on scream since I was feeling extra jumpy after watching the hot new thriller, Get Out, which I actually highly recommend everyone to watch). Anyways, the sweet girl and I stayed up until 3am chatting away, dragging ourselves out of bed to drive over to the San Francisco Flower Mart, where flowers are sold at wholesale prices.

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A bunch of ranunculus flowers were only $6 (what a steal!). Please the streamer-looking petaled flowers were only $5 a bunch, well actually only $2.50 technically since after purchasing the orange bunch the shopkeeper threw in a white bunch for free. That literally made my day to get such a deal. What kindness!!

Only florists with official badges can get in early to order with vendors and shop the earliest, freshest picks, but the place is listed to open to the public starting at 10am. Although, I’ve heard little birdies say that it is open to the public a bit earlier than that, so head in as early as possible to get the freshest blooms before they run out! A lot of vendors have been in the market selling since 5 or 6AM, so you can imagine how tired they must be by the time even 10am rolls around. Therefore, I shall reiterate my advice to get there early! Also, bring cash since not all vendors take card, or many have a minimum purchasing limit to meet before they’ll accept your card.

A highly recommended San Francisco adventure spot!

Seattle Day One

My dear friend Phoebe and I have been itching to travel to Seattle together. The idea first sprouted when we were studying crazily hard for our first Anatomy midterm this past quarter, and as a reward for finishing one of the most demanding courses in our undergraduate career, we decided to reward ourselves with a Seattle trip!

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Funny story. Phoebe and I actually missed our flight on our way to Seattle. We wanted to save one night’s lodging worth of money, so our original plan was to arrive super early Tuesday, and leave super late on Thursday to maximize our time. However, at 6am in the morning, our brains were not thinking clearly and we got to the airport way too late after staying up the night before to plan out our trip. The excitement and planning got the best of us. We came face to face with cranky (obviously not morning) people, hustled through the LONGEST security line, kindly begged many many people to let us cut them, and sprinted to the FURTHEST gate in the new San Jose airport terminal. Literally nothing was going in our favor, and I realized my stamina was quite low since I couldn’t keep up with Phoebe sprinting to our gate. Panting, we stepped up to our gate at 7:31AM for our 7:30AM flight, and we missed it. We found it even more embarrassing that they announce all late or missing passengers over the speakers for everyone to hear. Thankfully we were able to catch the next flight out, for only an extra $25 to secure our spots, whew. Phoebe and I both laughed, saying that missing a flight was one of those things we had always wished to experience, but would never actually willingly do it. So… I guess it was something to check off our bucket list. Our adrenaline filled bodies did pump us up for the rest of the day though!

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The AirBnb was placed in the heart of downtown, and was only two blocks away from the Seattle Center, which was home to the Space Needle and a couple awesome museums. Our first stop, and one of my absolute favorites, was to the nearby Chihuly Garden and Glass Museum. Tickets were $22 per person, and I was hoping for a special student deal price, but sadly there was none. That being said, I still think that this small museum was worth every penny. The Glasshouse Sculpture above has got to be one of his most breathtaking works. The entire piece is gorgeous, but also massive. I looked up and saw it strung but only a few black cords, and marveled at how that thing stayed up.

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Dale Chihuly’s display featuring light shining down on a bajillion glass pieces was breathtaking. My favorite part about this little hallway was actually observing the patterns on the walls that resulted from the textures and colors each glass piece reflected the light. It honestly kind of reminded me of the glass flower ceiling at the Bellagio in Las Vegas.

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Multiple locals we met joked with us, asking us why during spring break we chose to travel to somewhere even COLDER. We kind of chuckled in agreement, never really having thought about the weather differences before. It rained fairly lightly for the most part, and the overcast gray skies honestly reminded me of home. Call us crazy, but I still think it was a good decision.  I guess I was just more in the mood for cool museums and coffee shops than bikini’s and beaches. I need some time to make my flab disappear anyways..heh.

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We only had to walk outside a couple steps to get to the Space Needle and the Experience Music Project Museum pictured here with the metallic pink and orange wall. With a limited amount of time, the EMP Museum was on our to do list, but we only ever got to walk around and admire the front. However, it is definitely on my list to do for next time!

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We did so much in such a short amount of time, and I’m so excited to be able to continue to share more with you all! Stay tuned for Part 2 and Part 3.

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