A Short Trip To Seattle


Last week, Varun, Vipul and I headed to Seattle for a quick trip. We had some personal work to take care of while Vipul had some work to deal with. So, off we went on a long flight to Pacific Northwest. Its been a year since we left Seattle and it was sweet to return!

Spring is in the air and we enjoyed a couple of days of sunshine before the weather returned to classic Seattle pattern of overcast and drizzly.

Crocus in bloom

Enjoying the cold and the flowers

Almost Spring with Hellebores

On overcast days, our day started with a hot chai tea latte – Tall, non fat, extra hot with four pumps of chai for that perfectly hot and sweet energizing start at the corner Starbucks.

Chai Tea at Corner Star bucks

Followed by playtime at Kids cove in Bellevue Square Mall. Varun used to love this as a baby and seemed to love it even more as an active toddler climbing, running and generally having a ball.

Playing at Kids Cove in the mall

We shared a love for Sun Chips and cheesecake. While Vipul was at work, we met with my friends over lunch at Blue C Sushi.

Sharing my love for Sun chips

Lunch at Blue C Sushi

Rainbow Sushi

Or at Med Kitchen when Vipul could sneak out for lunch with us.

Med kitchen

The six days we were there, we caught up with friends, shopped a bit and enjoyed our favorite restaurants. The dinner table at Din Tai Fung was so full that the servers didn’t have space to set the dishes while we ate.

Food and Fun at Din Tai Fung

Juicy pork dumplings I miss ya so

Red Robin burger

Trophy cupckae

The best part was seeing the toddlers play together. Giggles as they chased each other, cries as they wanted the same exact toy and high squeals when they met each other in the evenings (after being away at daycare during the day!)They copied each other and it was fun to just watch them.

moments of fights and love

Missing you vivaas

Vinay and Ashvin

The flight took forever to reach US and since Varun and I were travelling by ourselves it was hard to get any sleep on the flight. Plus it was a challenge to get him to sit in his seat with seat belts on during take off and landing. And with potty training in progress, every hour we were making trips to the restroom where Varun attracted by the red button would end up calling the attendant! I think they were annoyed after the second false alarm. And once at London airport, all he wanted to do was run up and down the escalators. Somehow we managed to get to US without losing each other or our sanity.

I experienced all the things our parents do on short trips to USA – unfriendly flight attendants who don’t understand your accent, delight over the cleanliness of the place and size of the cars, the variety of produce, crispness of salads and the convenience of life in US while being so close to nature. Varun loved seeing squirrels and deer in the backyard with birds flitting around. We even went on a short walk bundled up against the cold picking twigs, leaves and pebbles.

I guess the cold weather was a welcome change from warm and trending to hot Hyderabad. I doubt we would have taken a walk if we were actually living in Seattle.

A visiting deer

Varun and I was jet lagged most of the evenings and by the time we got over jet lag it was time to head back home. It was comforting to be back in Seattle but weird to see some other folks live in our ex-home. When we drove by in the neighborhood after some shopping at Target, it almost seemed natural to take the left turn and pull into our driveway. Vipul’s hand naturally reached for the automatic garage door opener that we had in our car when reality hit us.

Oh, the home cooked goodness by my friends was pure delight. Peach roll with fresh fruits and cream, smoked salmon omelette with avocado and olive bread. Varun loved things that his buddy was eating – Cheddar bunnies, strawberries and french toast while he outright rejected snacks he used to love as a baby – string cheese, blueberries and avocados.

Peach roll with fresh fruits

Smoked Salmon and Avocado on Olive bread

A trip to Costco and Target was nothing short of awesome.I stocked up on clothes, books, toys for Varun, condiments and baking supplies, even a brand new stainless steel set. I love Costco and just going in the giant warehouse made me skip!

Back home, we are still jet lagged. And are missing the lovely time spent with friends. Soon, we will make another trip. When its warmer! Real soon!

About rutujak

A travel addict, self confessed foodie and a mom trying to make SFO my home after a decade in Seattle and a stint in Hyderabad, India.

Posted on March 15, 2013, in India Relocation, USA and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Hi R,
    Good to see your posts back after a brief hiatus for a wonderful reason. Congratulations on the trip.

    It is amazing to witness how America can leave its indelible mark – that makes all those who experienced life (in US) become legitimately empowered to embrace the wonderful way of life if offers and all benefits the system provides (travel, schools, ambiance, courtesy, sense of responsibility, communication etc.). The same applies to the property (home / vehicle etc.) ownership while living there. Old habits and nostalgia take control for momentary lapses of imagination (V’s reaching out to the garage door opener).

    After nearly 40yrs, I still get attracted to a little home in Lallaguda, Secunderabad that I vividly recall from my child hood. When I visit Bharat, I tend to make time to visit the Railway Mixed High School in South Lallaguda, Secunderabad and the home that I grew up in (had a single toy, one bicycle at home and simplest of life lived) since the time I am able to recall from my memory/senses. Further, association with friends from back in time – I was lucky to be at the same school / college with a whole bunch of childhood buddies who have been bridging the gaps from shared experiences. I am being carried away a little bit, here.

    However, on a reality check, it is easy to appreciate that the planet Earth existed much much longer than humanity’s existence. Using this logic, the property ownership, rights to which belonged to some one else before they passed on to us, and on to some one else from us and so on and so forth. None of us own any thing on this planet, universe or beyond except for the rights earned or bestowed upon us for a certain period of time. This topic interests me the most, and I try to instill this type of thought into our 5 year old and close friends, that allows us (our family) to enjoy life not worrying about physical property ownership and the undue burden of “wealth” comparison with others. This also leaves us with being in unison with nature, wild life appreciation, travel, volunteerism, wellness, nutrition, humbleness etc.

    Not to belabor, your family (R,V,V) and I am sure your respective parents’ fit the above description in terms of values, common interests and wisdom that you all share with your outside world. Those of us who are recipients of such philanthropy should consider lucky.

    Beside your posts and selfless sharing, the following people inspire me and my family. I hope your concur.

    Dr Victoria Hale – MacArthur Fellow 2006 – tireless work to eradicate black fever in UP.

    Maggie Doyne, achieved just out of High School, created a place of learning far away from home.

    Dr Scott Parazynski, his human capabilities (achievements) are mind boggling.

    Keep up the good work

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