First Solo Travel in the Emerald City

Did you know that Seattle is known to be “The Emerald City” because of its lush greenery that surrounds it? It is also called the “Rain City” because it always rains there.

I decided to go to Seattle for my first solo travel via Greyhound bus from Vancouver last March 2016. Although I stayed at my aunt’s apartment, she gave me the freedom to explore the city by myself because she needed to work. It was a liberating feeling for me. For 3D2N, I felt so free and so proud of myself because I was brave enough to travel alone in a place I had never been before.

I was greeted by “good mornings” and “hellos” by strangers when I walked around downtown Seattle. Their warm smiles made me giddy and it made me forget that I was travelling alone.

You are not visiting Seattle if you don’t go and see the Public Market Center, so I did! They sell a variety of things, from fresh seafood to vegetables to pastries; they’ve got it all. I had a yummy chicken burrito for lunch in one of their stores.

There were a lot of entertainers – musicians and dancers, just around the corner. I was so happy to see performers like them in high spirits. They did entertain me and the rest of the crowd.

I could say that it was a perfect time to visit Seattle back then because they were having their “Annual Sakura-Con”. I had never seen a lot of cosplayers like that in real life! They were all so cute and I enjoyed guessing who they were portraying.

I know I should have tried Seattle’s Best Coffee, but I went to Starbucks instead because it was close and they have free wifi! Who would say “no” to free wifi when you are travelling? Not me, obviously! However, they got my name wrong! It was the most hilarious name I got from Starbucks!

One of the most memorable moments I had was when I watched the movie Miracles From Heaven staring Jennifer Garner alone. I was literally alone because I was the only one inside the cinema for the whole duration of the movie. I was scared at first, but when I started weeping because of the intense scene, I had already forgotten that I was the only living soul in the room.

I had fun in Seattle and did not regret that I chose that city for my first solo travel. I felt safe and I did not have a hard time going from point A to point B. I would definitely recommend Seattle for first time solo travellers!

On a sidenote, September of that year, I went back to visit Seattle with my family and friends.  And I could not believe that I was there 6 months ago – alone.

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