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Seattle roadtrip

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   This remembrance day I went down for a road trip to Seattle! My friend needed to go the Seatac airport for a much awaited trip and what better way to send our friend off but to drive down together and make an outing of it.  We woke up super early and were out of Vancouver by 6am, making it to the peace arch truck crossing by just after 7am.  There was a huge line due to the holiday and we waited for over an hour. Then the border patrol man was quite curt, and didn’t make it easy for us to cross. Wow, something about acting suspicious to go early to make the flight. Crazy, but thankfully we made it though and had great timing along the way.
    We stopped in at my favorite Starbucks along the route. So nice seeing you again LEAHA!!  Wow were you ever busy, so many people want to have a nice treat. yummy peppermint white chocolate mocha. Thanks again for being so efficient at work. Hopefully the next time I see you again won’t be just for 10min at a time.  Let me know when you plan to visit.
   We continued along to the Seatac airport and thankfully were 1.5 hours in advance for the flight.  Everything worked out as usual, and so the rest of us continued into Seattle for brunch.
    We went to Delilah’s which didn’t have breakfasts on weekends and so went to their sister company Lola’s.  It’s a nice casual but classy restaurant. I had this delicious pumpkin/squash soup and then these delicious donuts with marscapone cheese and blueberry sauce.  So fantastic.  I highly recommend stopping by to have a great brunch. 
    After we walked around the city to some many great shopping stores. I bought some things as usual 🙂 This time my prized item was a pair of black patent coach pumps 🙂  We also went over to Pike’s Place for the much-needed tourist stop.
    Then we headed back to the outlets for some more shopping. There were so many people down for the holiday. People and lines everywhere, I guess the christmas rush is starting to happen. The christmas sales are even coming in.  I bought some gifts and things for myself. It was a lot of fun just to browse and shop around and go to some new stores unlike Metrotown.
   After a great shopping trip we were starved so we ended up going to this great Mexican restaurant. It was amazing! A small, non-chain restaurant with big portions and great lime margaritas 🙂 I’ll need to make this a regular event to my US travel days.
   Overall I had a long, eventful day with friends. Thanks Jessica & Dave 🙂 

Written by gloriastarr

November 15, 2010 at 5:08 am

Outlet shopping

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Yesterday I went down to the Seattle premium outlets for some shopping. It’s been about 6 months since I’ve gone, so I was likely due. To visit the outlets from Vancouver it’s a quick trip. I find the border line-up much smaller on Mondays. I waited about 20min on the way down & 15min for the return.  Then the drive to the outlets is about 1.5 hours.  So it’s an easy daytrip from Vancouver.

I went to the mini outlet in Burlington, where I took a break at Starbucks. Happily I found my friend Leaha working!! I was soooo excited to see her again after about 3 months at least.  So great that I selected the correct location & the shift schedule worked out perfectly.  It was great seeing you again. Hopefully you’ll take more trips to visit hint hint 🙂

We continued the drive another 30min, to the larger Tualip outlets. There’s hundreds of stores to visit with basically something for everyone. There was surprisingly many people at the outlets for a Monday, but it was probably due to the summer.  I bought a nice pair of shoes from Kenneth Cole & my sis found some at Nine West. I unfortunately couldn’t find my suit at Benetton; I guess I’ll have to wait to buy on til fall/winter.  At least I found some nice body wash & hand cream at Crabtree & Evelyn. 

Returning back to Vancouver, it’s always nice to stop at Bellisfair for a full shopping extravaganza.  I went to Hollister, and some other stores that I find are nicer in the States.  It was a great shopping trip. What made it even better was after the short border crossing. I explained I spent $50 & my sis $80.. and they didn’t make us pay Taxes!!  I was really expecting to pay, so I’m happy I didn’t.  Great trip; i’ll need to make sure to go visit more often.

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September 1, 2010 at 9:51 am