After I hit publish on this post, I’m jumping in my car and leaving Seattle. It’s also pretty much the anniversary of me moving to Seattle.
Seven years ago I stepped on a train in San Francisco with two suitcases and a huge backpack. After a weekend in Vancouver I was ready for a Seattle adventure, and an adventure I had.
However, it’s time to move on. I don’t think any of my moves will be permanent. I shot the image above several years ago, knowing this day would come.
What I’m saying “Goodbye, Seattle” to
While I won’t miss being stuck in traffic or the liberal intolerance in Seattle, there are things I’ve discovered and love in Seattle.
- Snow Days – I never actually declared a snow day, but the novelty of walking through a snow-covered street never wears off.
- 32ºf/0ºc isn’t cold without the wind
- Snow-capped mountains.
- Dark green forests
- Thai restaurants. Everywhere and so yummy.
- Companies and innovations from my textbooks happening around me. I studied the launch of Amazon as a business case at Monash University.
- Geekiness is every day. The line between normal clothes and cosplay barely exists.
- Nerdiness – so many independent bookstores
- The Seattle Freeze – perfect for an introvert like me
- Green Lake – I love seeing everyone with varying fitness levels walking/running/skating the lake together
I’m on my way to Vancouver, completing a JK Rowling-style circular reference. I started my time in Seattle with a weekend in Vancouver, so I’m finishing it with a trip there. From there I’ll plan my next home in Bellingham. I was eight years-old the last time I lived in a city this small. Edit: Bellingham is bigger than Benalla but much smaller than Geelong. It’ll be an adjustment but a fun adventure.
Thank you to everyone from Seattle. I’ve made some amazing friends. I’ll miss you.