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Team Jongela, 12 years and counting…

23 Sep

This past weekend, we celebrated our anniversary by going to Victoria, British Columbia.  Hard to believe it’s been 12 years, but I guess we have the photos and memories to prove it (and wrinkles).  Of course it’s cliche, but it’s true… Time flies when you’re having fun!

We caught the first #5 bus of the day (6am)  from Fremont to downtown and walked over to Pier 69 where we caught the Victoria Clipper.  You can drive north of Seattle and catch the ferry from Anacortes or Vancouver, but we don’t have a car so this was much easier.  The ride was pleasant.  We fortified ourselves with hot coffee and snacks as the clipper cruised north out of Puget Sound and across the Strait of Juan de Fuca.  Three hours later we pulled into Victoria and started to explore.

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Since we only stayed one night in Victoria we didn’t have a whole lot of time to explore the city but we still had plenty of fun and ate some yummy grindz.  Downtown Victoria is very walkable and there are plenty of shops, restaurants, bars, and street performers to keep one busy while wandering around on foot.

We had lunch at the very vegetarian-friendly “Rebar” and walked around Chinatown.  We also caught a cool art exhibit called “World War 3” at Legacy Art Gallery and Cafe To celebrate our anniversary we had dinner at a nice Italian restaurant called Fiamo and after stuffing ourselves with ravioli and some tasty BC vino we headed back to the hotel to crash for the night.

The next morning we caught the ferry back to Seattle.  Although it rained on our boat trip back down to the states, by the time we reached Seattle it was a beautiful day so we wandered around Pike Place Market for a little while before retreating back to Fremont.  We made it home just in time to catch a great sunset on our roof.

Seattle Live Aloha Festival 2010!

17 Sep

On Sunday, September 12th we ventured down to the Seattle Center for a welcome slice of the islands.  We attended the third annual Live Aloha Festival in the shadow of the Space Needle.  Luckily all the aloha spirit in the air brought with it a big burst of sunshine.  Of course, it still would have been fun in the rain but our blood’s gotten a little thin after living in Hawai’i and I’m sure cool weather lowers the festival’s attendance.

Luckily there was a talented array of Hawaiian musicians, dancers, and vendors keeping the spirits high all afternoon!

They were also showing Hawai’i focused documentaries all afternoon, including “Noho Hewa: The Wrongful Occupation of Hawai’i”.  This is a super powerful film and we were lucky enough to have seen the world premiere at the 2008 Hawai’i International Film Festival.  Watch this film and you will never think of Hawai’i in the same way again!

Halfway through the festival we took a detour to Seattle’s waterfront, explored the Olympic Sculpture Garden, and watched a sea gull almost collide with a harbor seal!  We had been watching the harbor seal swimming around and poking its head out of the water for a couple minutes.  Then next time the seal came up for air a sea gull happened to be simultaneously swooping across the water leading to a near harbor seal/sea gull collision.  The seal reared its head up out of the water in shock, the sea gull took extreme evasive maneuvers, and the harbor seal let out several angry “ARF, ARF, AAAARFs!!!!” before swimming away in a hurry.  Maybe you had to be there, but it was hilarious.

We returned to the Seattle Center just in time to watch Grammy Nominated slack key guitarist Cyril Pahinui play a set as the sun was going down and the temperature was getting cooler.

Here’s a couple of videos we took of his performance:

Overall we had a great time and can’t wait to attend the 2011 festival…that is if we haven’t succumb to our intermittent desire to move back to Hawai’i.  We love Seattle but attending events like this makes it difficult to not consider moving back to the islands for all the good food, music, and people.  We miss you all!!

Like the good Northwest transplants we are, we closed the day’s festivities with a visit to a brewery we had never been to: Naked City Brewery in Greenwood.  They have great beers, happy hour all day on Sundays, and a low key atmosphere.  Check it out.

Until next time…Live Aloha!

Seattle grindz

16 Sep

One thing we’ve noticed about bars/restaurants in Seattle is the abundance of macaroni & cheese and tater tots. It’s kind of weird, but also kind of awesome. Reminds us of Wisconsin.

Go Storm!

15 Sep

Last night we went to our first Storm game (and our first WNBA game for that matter).  It was game #2 of the WNBA Finals and the Storm was up 1-0 against the Atlanta Dream.  Seattle won 87-84  so they are now 2-0 and can take the series tomorrow night in Atlanta.

The game was super fun.  The stadium was packed and the fans were incredibly excited.  There’s a lot of Seattle sports news that we are not aware of, but the Storm seem to be extremely popular and we’re hoping they have a long future in Seattle.  Even if Seattle gets another NBA team, the Storm should be here to stay!  The world could use more women’s sports teams!

While there were all sorts of fans at the game, the crowd was definitely dominated by women (of all ages).  We also noticed that these games seem to be a meeting place for Seattle-area lesbians.  A quick google search found this article that confirms our observations.  Check it out:

If anyone in the Seattle area wants to watch game #3 with us tomorrow night (5pm), let us know!  We don’t have ESPN2 so we need to find a place to watch the game.


Cloudy with a chance of sun…

14 Sep

We’ve been trying to be optimistic about Seattle’s weather and be thankful for sunny days and even partly sunny days.  It helps to change the way you speak of the weather– from partly cloudy to partly sunny.  We’ve actually been pretty lucky since we moved here and it’s only rained a few days in the past 2 months (we’ve been here 2 months!), but we know fall and winter are coming.

This morning when we woke up it was so foggy that we couldn’t see anything beyond Fremont.  Usually we can see Magnolia and Queen Anne (including the Space Needle) from our living room, but Queen Anne Hill has only just emerged from the clouds.  I guess we weren’t the only ones to notice the fog today.  Here’s the front page of the Seattle Times website

I think the caption is the best: “Fog, then sun, but rain.”


13 Sep

Friday was the 5th Annual Hopfest at Brouwer’s Cafe in Fremont.  Brouwer’s Cafe was opened a couple years ago (?) by the same people who run Bottleworks, a well-known specialty beer store in Wallingford, Seattle.  Lucky for us, we live nearby both businesses!  Bottleworks advertises that they offer over 950 beers and Brouwer’s Cafe offers 64 beers on draft and over 300 bottles.

Since Friday was Hopfest at Brouwer’s, they had over 60 hoppy beers on tap!  We are definite hopheads and had this one on the calendar for weeks.  Apparently we were not the only ones because when we arrived, there was a line out the door.  Granted it was nearing the end of Happy Hour and people were getting off work, but clearly Seattleites love IPAs.  The line seemed a little daunting, but it moved pretty quickly.  We met our friend Jonny there and thought it was appropriate that our first round be the Boundary Bay Imperial IPA.  In addition to Boundary Bay brews being amazing, they are brewed in the same town we met each other in college (Bellingham).

After Brouwer’s we met Serena and had our first Fremont bar hopping experience.  Cheers!