Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Southeast Asia 201 Days 1 & 2: traveling to Thailand

In my quest to get caught up on travel posts - I'm now venturing to our three-week trip to Southeast Asia in September of 2013, Thailand and Cambodia!



The first post is just a quick entry about our journey to the other side of the world.  The first leg of our flight (Sept. 6 and 7, 2013) was a 10 hour flight from Seattle to Tokyo and had a small layover there. Whenever we travel through multiple time zones, we try to readjust right away to our new destination's schedule.  So we stayed awake during our layover and walked around the Narita International Airport and used their free wifi.


Pretty origami for jet-lagged travelers




The next leg of our flight was Tokyo to Bangkok which was about 6.5 hours.  We arrived at the Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok at about 11 p.m., at this point I was so disoriented after a 20 hour travel day, I didn't know what was up or down.  But so excited that we finally made it to Thailand and that our trip was about to begin!



We went through customs and immigration and then found a sign for the car to our hotel. There are a lot hotels surrounding the Bangkok airport (it's one of the busiest airports in Asia) so finding somewhere to sleep close to the hotel (we were going to be on a flight the next morning) was no problem.  Our hotel was about a 10 minute drive from the airport, after a quick check in at the hotel, we emailed our parents to let them know we had safely arrived, we passed out!

After a great sleep, we woke up, grabbed breakfast and were back to the airport!  Our trip was about to fully being, next stop - Siem Reap, Cambodia!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Woodinville wine tasting Saturday

About 30 minutes northeast of Seattle there is a city called Woodinville that has a ton of tasting rooms for Washington wineries.

For a fun Saturday, some friends and I rented a party bus and spent the day wine tasting!  Sunny Saturday + friends + wine tasting = a good Saturday!





On Friday, we hit up a great restaurant I would recommend to anyone in the Seattle area - Westward.  They have a fantastic outdoor seating area and the view is amazing.  We were there for a quite a while and once the sun went down it got a little chilly, so they bring you out blankets!


Monday, June 2, 2014

April and May catch-up

Spring has been great here in Seattle!  Catching up on what's been going on this spring so far

We went to a great baby shower for our friends Hunt and Holly, we all coordinated outfits without even planning it!




Loving all the beautiful flowers that comes with spring




And outdoor happy hours


Over Memorial Weekend we took a day trip to Bainbridge Island with our friends Meghan, David and Brynn.  It's a pretty ferry ride from Seattle and we had a delicious breakfast at Cafe Nola (a favorite of Giada and Martha!) and then did some wine tasting. The lower right picture is Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's wine - it was really good!


I went to a Breakfast At Tiffany's themed bridal shower for my friend Brittney.  They even had a photo-booth where you could take pictures with Audrey (one of my icons)



Our friend Cat is heading off on her ER Residency program so her family hosted a paella party at their house.  It was such a fun experience and Nick and I even got in on helping to make he paella, there we are browning the chicken and enjoying some sweet tea.  Check out those giant pans! 


I did my first painting class with some friends - not bad, right?! 


And two Mariner's baseball games so far.  We always buy the cheap seats and then watch the game from the beer garden.


And continuing to love this beautiful weather we've been having



 Hope everyone is having a great spring so far too!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Arizona weekend

A couple of weekends ago Nick went to Las Vegas for a bachelor party, so my friend Nicole (whose husband was also on the bachelor trip) decided to have some fun of our own in Arizona!

Arizona Biltmore


We had a great, relaxing weekend and stayed at the lovely Arizona Biltmore.  I think I will for sure be back!







lawn chess

Such a fun and relaxing girl's weekend!

And for Seattle Seahwaks fans - look who I went though security with, our own SuperBowl winning quarterback Russell Wilson!!

Russell Wilson at SeaTac


Friday, May 2, 2014

Mexico 2014: Los Cabos

It might seem like all I do is travel - far from the case, I just haven't blogged in a long time and am doing some serious catch-up.  We love Seattle, but our winters can be gray and long - so we decided to take a trip south of the border to Los Cabos, Mexico!


It's an easy, non-stop flight from Seattle and I can't believe we haven't done this sooner.  (Nick went his senior year of college for spring break, but our trip was a little more relaxing than his).

Our week there was lovely and relaxing, a wonderful escape!  I'll let the pictures do most of the talking!














A great week indeed!

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Europe 2012 day 14: Vienna, Austria

It's been 1.5 years in the making - but the finale of our Europe trip! Our last day (Sept. 16, 2012) was all about Schönbrunn Palace, St. Stephen's Cathedral (Stephansdom), and the famous Vienna Opera House.

Schönbrunn Palace
We got up to make it to the Schönbrunn Palace as Rick Steves said the lines can get really long - andddd I was the first one in line.  Nick got this great picture of me waiting along with my Rick Steves book and the janitor.

First in line at the Schönbrunn Palace
We got our tickets and our audioguide tour (no pictures allowed) was pretty good - Schonbrunn is similar to Versailles and was the "summer home" of the Habsburgs. The interior tour took us through 40 of the 1,441 (!) rooms, including the audience waiting rooms, the main office, bedrooms, etc.
Schönbrunn Palace
Schönbrunn Palace
Schönbrunn Palace and gardens
Panorama Schönbrunn Palace and gardens

After the tour, we headed outside to tour the AMAZING gardens.  Much like Versailles, the gardens are full of sights and long pathways and go on and on. We climbed the hill to the Gloriette behind the palace for a nice view, and made sure to see Neptune's fountain, the Obelisk, the Roman Ruins (built in the 1700s as something to look at), the japanese garden and the Palm house (big greenhouse with palm trees inside). It was such a perfect day, we loved just walking around and enjoying the lovely gardens.  I went a little picture happy, needless to say...

Schönbrunn Palace and gardens
Schönbrunn Palace and gardens
Schönbrunn Palace and gardens
Schönbrunn Palace and gardens
Schönbrunn Palace and gardens
Schönbrunn Palace and gardens
Schönbrunn Palace and gardens
Schönbrunn Palace and gardens
Schönbrunn Palace and gardens
Schönbrunn Palace and gardens
Schönbrunn Palace and gardens
Schönbrunn Palace and gardens
Schönbrunn Palace and gardens
Schönbrunn Palace and gardens
Schönbrunn Palace and gardens
Schönbrunn Palace and gardens
Schönbrunn Palace and gardens

Afterwards, we caught the subway back to the city center. Grabbing lunch at Graben, we headed in to St. Stephens to do the audio tour there. We skipped climbing the towers and the catacombs, but we paid the nominal fee to be able to walk into the central area of the nave and up to the front, a really lovely cathedral.
St. Stephen's Cathedral
St. Stephen's Cathedral
St. Stephen's Cathedral
St. Stephen's Cathedral
St. Stephen's Cathedral
St. Stephen's Cathedral
St. Stephen's Cathedral

Next up was a bit of café time. Vienna is known for its cafes and we didn't want to miss hitting one up. We chose Café Bräunerhof, near the Dorotheum (auction house). We ordered iced coffees and enjoyed the afternoon sun.



After the café, we wandered around the city a bit more, eating (as always) and then made our way back to the Opera to try for tickets one more time. We bought standing room tickets for Romeo and Juliet (a ballet, not an opera, but oh well) for only 3 euros (about $5).

We found our way up to our third floor balcony, and despite the host of reserved standing slots, we had no problem finding a decent spot. Our view of the stage was slightly obstructed, but that's what you get for 3 euro, and we had a nice view of the orchestra pit that we wouldn't have had if we had paid full price and dressed up for floor seats.

Vienna Opera House
Vienna Opera House
Vienna Opera House

We only stayed until intermission - it was a great show, but we just went to experience it, not necessarily to watch three hours of a ballet, but I do love the ballet.  We both really enjoyed this and agreed it was a highlight of the trip, and was a great way to wrap things up.

Vienna Opera House

We headed back to our hotel, packed out suitcases and woke up bright and early the next morning for our trip back home to Seattle!  It was such a wonderful and beautiful trip, and I'm always so happy to travel the world with my favorite travel buddy!

Another great trip and lots of memories made

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