Events, Lifestyle

Feasting on the Seaside

It’s my dad’s birthday week so even though we all have hectic schedules we managed to gather together for some dinner at The Crab Pot.

First we took a short stroll through the market. Pike Place Market is an open air market and known for its amazing array of fresh seafood, colorful fruits and vegetables, and reasonable priced bouquets of flowers. If you ever get the chance you should definitely check out the Pike Place Fish Market. Their famous for their fish throwing and employees who have huge amounts of character.

Pike Place Fish Market, Seattle

Pike Place Market Store Front

Now back to the birthday party. The Crab Pot is along the seafront and in a historic building with wooden floors and a ferris wheel right next door. The best thing about this place is that it’s pretty essential that you eat with your hands. No problem there! You order what seafood platter you want and they literally throw a bucket of seafood onto the table for you to start gnawing and cracking at.

The Crab Pot SeattleSo we grabbed our bibs and feasted on snow crab, oysters, mussels, shrimp, corn on the cob, and red potatoes. We washed it all down with a pitcher of beer and enjoyed a large mud pie and cheesecake to satisfy our sweet tooth. And playing with your food is encouraged upon.

Playing with our food at The Crab PotYou can really see what it’s like from their feature on the Man vs. Food show.

It was safe to say that everyone had a pretty amazing time! Happy 48th Birthday Dad!

 

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Events, Lifestyle

Fly Away With Me

On March 23rd, 2014 I had my first pilot lesson!

Spanaway First Pilot Lesson

It’s something that I’ve always wanted to do but too scared that I would freak out mid-air. But in actual fact I was very calm and the instructor let me take off and control the plane whilst in the sky.

Spanaway Flying Lesson

I went to Spanaway at Thun Field in Puyallup and the session only cost $55!! Which is a steal in comparison to what other schools are offering around the area.

Here’s a video of the landing, sorry it’s not the best. We only had our cellphones that day.

 

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Events, Explore, Granada, Spain

A Palace in Granada

Granada is home to one of the most extensive palaces and fortresses I’ve ever had the pleasure of visiting. The mouldings and tiles are beautifully intricate in design, in addition to the spacious gardens that were blooming with flowers.

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Nowadays Alhambra, the name of the area, is a tourist attraction but it once stood as a fortress. It was created initially for military purposes which included a medina (city), alcazar (palace), and an alcazaba (fortress).

Alhambra derives from the Arabic language meaning “crimson castle”. You can see from some pictures of the palace that when the torches are lit upon the palace it gives off a reddish colour. If you look at some of the pictures you can see evidence of the Arabic language in the design and mouldings.

Alhambra, Granada, SpainAlhambra buildings Alhambra fortressGiant door in Alhambra

It took a long arduous uphill walk to get there so we naturally stopped several times along the way for breaks and popsicles. Once you get to the top though the views are sparse and spectacular.

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Live, Seattle, Washington

The Whale Wins

Finding great places to eat is a perfect way to start to settle in a new place. Seattle is a great city and the one thing I love about it here is that everyone is a foodie. So in spirit of that after a few of us went for a hike on Richmond Beach we decided to check out one of the hot spots, The Whale Wins.

The Whale Wins in Seattle

The Whale Wins is one of two restaurants owned by award winning chef Renee Ericson with Jeremy Prince and Chad Dale. The other restaurant is The Walrus and the Carpenter, which will have to be our next visit.

The atmosphere was fresh and bright, perfect for the rainy day. It was very open plan and the food was healthy, fresh, and so delicious.

The Whale Wins entrance

We couldn’t decide what to have so we decided to feast upon a buffet of different salads and I, of course, delved into the sardines on toast.

Sardines on toast an The Whale WinsIf you’re not fond of vegetables you should still try this place because it might make you think twice. The brussels sprouts and beetroot salad was incredible. But don’t worry they still have the sought after meat and potatoes on the menu.

I’m sorry there’s no outside shots but the rain was making it hard to get the place in all its glory.

The Whale Wins indoor

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Events, Explore, Istan, Spain

Phobia of Fish Discovered in Istan

On June 3rd, 2012 I went fishing and kayaking in Istan with my friend Joanna and her parents. The scenery was so beautiful and the best part was that we were the only people, except for a few annoying teenagers, within the whole reservoir.

Joanna and I were a little hungover after hitting one of our favourite bars, Room 101, for some Caipirinhas so we enjoyed paddling in the kayak.

Chilling in the kayak in Istan

Our guide, Captain Amer, showed us how to fish for bass which is actually hard! We brought a feast of cheese, meat, and fruit, giving us a reason to stop for lunch three times. The scenery was beautiful with mountains surrounding us and crystal blue skies, it’s a must if you get the chance to visit Marbella.

Although the girls unfortunately did not catch any fish, Joanna’s dad was like a fish whisperer and caught five.

I will admit that I think I have created an irrational fear to fish. I never want to be the prissy girl but every time the fish was near me I would squeal in such a high pitch that only dogs could hear. This only got worse when it came to killing and gutting the fish, which left me agape. This also made me wonder…..for times like these a boyfriend would come in pretty useful (All macho men may apply :-D) We were also allowed to bring our catch home for dinner, YUM!

Fishing in Istan, SpainIstan, SpainConquering the kayak in Istan

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El Chorro, Explore, Spain

Jumping in El Chorro

El Chorro I have finally defeated you! It took me two trips and a lot of courage building but I finally jumped off a cliff.

I jumped in El Chorro

Ok so the cliff could be described as more of a ledge but I feel like the accomplishment is much bigger. So cliff seems like a much better word in this context :-D

El Chorro is known to be one of the best places for rock climbing. Its vast rock faces offers something for all abilities and when you get a little too hot you can just jump into the beautiful cool water.

Swimming in El Chorro, Spain

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Explore, Marbella, Spain

My life in Marbella

I  lived in Marbella, Spain from August 2011 until September 2012 and it was the best time of my life. I worked for the most amazing employers at Manifesto Design and yes I did get to party rather extensively.

I have the fondest memories of walking along the boardwalk in the sun with my gaggle of girls, deciding upon where we will enjoy tapas and euro beers. I’m a girl who enjoys simple pleasures.

Travelling and exploring a new culture is an experience I feel lucky to have had. The parties were pretty damn awesome as well :-D

This is also the place where Joanna and I became the best of friends, I had an Italian romance, gained valuable knowledge in the Marketing and PR industry, and grew up. So Marbella has a soft spot with me.

Here are some pictures that will hopefully encapsulate my time in the crazy city of Marbella.

This was one of our first nights out in a local bar in Fuengirola with some friends.

One of our first nights out in Spain

One of my first press invites to a Marbella party that was so cool.

First PR appearance in Marbella

Art Gallery opening

Nightclub Opening in Marbella

Enjoying the night in Marbella

Eating a nice Mexican

Night out in Puento Banus

Drinks with the girls in Marbella

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On our last day in Marbella I decided I wanted to get my ear pierced.

Where to pierce my ear before leaving Marbella

 

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Explore, Ronda, Spain

Roaming in Ronda

Ronda is one of the oldest cities in Spain and dates back to the Neolithic age. Pileta’s Cave has one of the best cave paintings of that era in Andalusia. Whilst the ‘New Bridge’ and the bullring of the Royal Calvary Order of Ronda are the symbol and soul of this great city.

There is so much history and culture surrounding this city but the real reason when went on a road trip to Ronda was for the puenting. Puenting is the like bungee jumping. You jump off a bridge and savour the free fall experience. I’ll be the first to admit that I was too chicken to try this out myself, which I kind of regret to this day. It looks awesome!!

Practising the jump for puenting

Getting ready for the puenting

Finally they jumped

After the jumps photo

You can see the video of their ‘last words’ on my friend Anna’s blog.

Now back to the historical part of our visit. We did a lot of eating and walking. The best feature, in my opinion, was the Puente Nuevo (The New Bridge). Towering 120ft above the canyon floor, this bridge offers the best viewpoint for viewing the vast of Ronda. We unfortunately didn’t get enough time to do everything we wanted to do, but it was still a great experience.

Anna and I in Ronda

Ronda is a place for romance

The New Bridge, Ronda Spain

La Ciudad Ronda, EspanaLa Ciudad Ronda, Espana

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Live

Starting to Settle

The year 2013 was full of accomplishments, I graduated from university, moved to Denver and then to Seattle, and finally I decided to change careers. After always believing that my career was going to be in fashion it’s definitely been a whirlwind few months with deciding where my goals are heading.  This last three months have seemed like forever (I mean foreverrrrrr) but I can finally say that I’m happy to have finally found my feet again at an airline company.

I’m sure every recent graduate has gone through the process of trying to figure out what they want to do with their life. The advice that I kept hearing from the elders around me was PATIENCE. For those who know me I have only the smallest ounce of patience, so this was a hurdle that proved difficult. My family helped me through those days that seemed endless.

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So I discovered a way to keep myself patient, focused, and as far away from boredom as possible. I wrote down all the professions that I was interested in, even if they were eccentric. Then I found ways to gain a real life snippet of what it would be like to work in that area.

I took pilot lessons (look out for that blog post), went to a Peace Corp presentation, spoke with insurance agents, got involved with The Mountaineers (where I ate a mill worm, got to admit not that bad), and even went to the local college to see about taking an engineering class. The one thing that I found out is that you cannot find out what you want by typing on the computer. Yes I got funny looks but I also gained great connections and friends.

I can say that my friends follow that same mentality and we’ve all been able to succeed goals. Anna is moving to Canada this year and Becca landed herself an amazing job. We’re all very excited for 2014!

Anna, Becca, and I

After living in England, Spain, and Denver I’m happy to start building a life and career in Seattle.

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Colorado, Denver, Events

Denver, Colorado

When I landed my internship in Denver I was so excited that I went straight to the computer to look up all there is to know about this great city. After living in England for so many years I craved SUNSHINE and Denver gets over 300 days of it, which is better than Miami.

So I quickly wrote out a Denver Bucket List which included going to the Rocky Mountains, enjoying the best restaurants (of course), and visiting the capital.

I was a little naughty and didn’t bring my camera every where I went whilst exploring Denver. I did collect some of my favourite photos though and they bring back some great memories :-D

My first high was when I went to Blackhawk and did a little gambling. I managed to change my $10 into $100!!!

Blackhawk Casino, Colorado

Went to a Denver Nuggets game. I know the name of the team is a little quirky but they were quite good :-)

Denver Nuggets Game

My friend Coral and I at the basketball game

I took advantage of having a 3 course dinner on an old fashioned train called the Georgetown Loop Railroad. We decided to go on a evening ride which meant we didn’t get to see the views as much, so I would suggest you do a day ride if you get the chance to go.
Georgetown Loop Railroad

Georgetown Loop Railroad views

Going to the Denver Zoo was amazing! It makes you feel like a kid again with all the amazing animals. Here’s Dory!!

Finding Nemo at the Denver Zoo

New Elephant exhibit at the Denver Zoo

A little bleary brown bear.The brown bears at the Denver Zoo

Of course I went to visit the beautiful Colorado State Capital in Denver. The dome was covered and getting a little spring cleaning when we went to visit it so I’ve included a picture from the website so you can see the building in all its glory. Tours are frequent and free of charge so give it a go.Colorado State Capital in Denver

Colorado State Capital

Inside the Colorado State Capital Building

The inside of the dome at the Colorado State Capital

Beautiful interior of the Denver State Capital

Picture of myself on the stair stating 1 mile above sea level. The sun is directly in my eyes so please excuse the scrunched up face.Myself on the State Capital stairs

Of course I had to go see a concert at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre, which is a natural open-air and geologically formed amphitheatre. There’s nothing like it anywhere in the world and the acoustics are suppose to be the best for live concerts. You might remember that Mumford and Sons recorded their first film “The Road to Red Rocks” here. So I went to see the way too under appreciated Counting Crows who were INCREDIBLE!!

My pictures are a little blurry because of the night time light so I included a picture from the Red Rocks website so you can see what it looks like. Red Rocks Amphitheatre

Counting Crows concert

Red Rocks Concert

Finally, we went to visit some restaurants which had some tasty foods but I must say it was the taco places that really exploded my taste buds.

Tacos in Denver

I visited other places like the Rocky Mountains and Breckenridge which you can see in my other blog posts.

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