5 days in Seattle

Back in 2013, my parents, brother and I went on a vacation to Washington. We spent a few days out in Port Angeles, then a few days in Seattle. I was 14 years old, but the city made a strong impression on me, and I always wanted to go back. After visiting Portland last summer, my resolve to return to the Pacific Northwest was strengthened, and earlier this year I booked a plane ticket and an Airbnb in preparation for my first solo vacation.

With a flannel, cuffed jeans one size too big and a Google Map with all the important locations starred, I ventured out to the West Coast. Here’s the whole story.

Day 1 – Tuesday, June 19

I woke up at 2:30 a.m. and, thanks to my dad’s unending support, had a ride to the Denver airport. The thing about air travel is that you’re always way too early or cutting it too close. Tuesday morning, I experienced the former. I was sitting at the gate by 4:05 a.m. for a 5:20 boarding and a 6:00 flight.

After a shorter than expected flight, I rode into the city on the train, like a real local. The Seattle trains–Link Rails–are very fast and very quiet. So pretty much the exact opposite of what I’m used to. I rode North to the Westlake station, wandered around for a few minutes, then settled down and got some (much needed) cold brew at Victrola Coffee Roasters.

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Next, I had to eat. Eat breakfast. After being awake for almost ten hours. That meant even more wandering around until I found where I’d wanted to go, Mr. West Café Bar on 8th and Olive. I ate toast with almond butter and strawberry rhubarb compote, and sat as long as socially acceptable. At this point, it was 10:45 a.m. I needed to last out in the city on my own until 3 p.m., when check-in at the Airbnb was allowed. I sat outside, because apparently Seattle isn’t always cold and rainy. In fact, the weather has been good every time I’ve been to the Pacific Northwest.

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Because I apparently think ice cream is a meal, I went ahead and got a Pressed Juicery Freeze after breakfast, then sat around in the sun for a little while, then finally decided I should go up to the Capitol Hill neighborhood, where my apartment was. I went into yet another coffee shop, where I got an iced chai. And y’all aren’t gonna believe this: it was UNSWEETENED. Which was awesome but so unexpected.

I managed to spend an hour and a half in the coffee shop before deciding to wander around and see the neighborhood. I stopped at a little store called Marine Layer, where I bought two pieces of clothing that were not cheap (but both on sale) and met the two nice women who worked there. I’m very glad I went in, because one of the women mentioned that there was a Salt & Straw just 3 blocks away. I immediately made my purchases and walked to Salt & Straw, where I had some ice cream for the second meal in a row.

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My ice cream adventure took me just past 3:00, so I finally was able to get into the apartment and lie down. And damn it felt good. And I did NOT want to move an inch, but I got up and edited some photos for this post anyways.

Next, I went to dinner. At 5 p.m. Because I am an old person, and also still sort of on Central time. I was exhausted, so I chose Stateside, an Asian fusion place on the same block as my apartment. I had a daikon and cucumber salad and some crispy duck spring rolls with herbs.

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Afraid I’d fall asleep as soon as I set foot in the apartment, I walked to Cal Anderson park, then to a local thrift store to buy a belt so that my too big jeans would stay up. It’s a testament to how college changed me that I didn’t once question why I was walking a mile away and a mile back for a belt, but I’m glad I got the exercise in.

Day 2 – Wednesday, June 20

Because I’d gone to bed at 9 p.m., my 7:30 alarm wasn’t at all problematic. I got up, walked around the corner to Victrola Coffee and got myself a latte with almond milk to fuel up for the day ahead.

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I walked West until I hit Pike Place Market, and wandered for about half an hour before I realized I was hungry and needed to eat something. I was cornered briefly at a fruit stand and given a cherry and two slices of peach, but I was going to need something more substantial if I planned on walking around all day. So I went to a biscuit place, stuffed my face with the glutenous deliciousness, and continued on my way.

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The coolest thing about Pike Place, in my opinion, is the fact that it’s this super crazy bustling place that looks out over a really peaceful harbor. Taking a moment to stare out at the water was really calming. Then you turn around and see the expanse of the city–tall buildings, construction cranes, people.

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Then, I wanted more caffeine and needed to sit down, so I headed to Storyville Coffee and got myself an iced chai with their in house almond milk (sweetened with dates!).

From there, I went to the Seattle Art Museum, where I saw an exhibit about Native American representation in photography and video, called Double Exposure. I definitely don’t think enough about the hardships the actions of the American government put the indigenous people of this country through, so it was a good reminder of the work we still have to do to even begin to make it up.

After the walk home, I needed lunch. I took a Lyft to Portage Bay, and had a very interesting conversation with the driver and the other passenger about AI, single payer healthcare and how, with the advent of more AI and robots doing human jobs, the economy would have to change. I ate my sandwich, got a raw dessert at Jujubeet, then walked back to the apartment to sleep before getting dinner.

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I told myself that I’d get fresh seafood at least once here in the city, so I stopped by an oyster bar. For those of you who don’t know, oysters are expensive. But I wanted them badly, so I bought only three, just to get a taste. And, for those of you who haven’t tried oysters, they taste just like the ocean.

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Satisfied but not full, I walked 0.6 of a mile to Frankie & Jo’s and got myself a giant ice cream cone before heading back to the apartment. I have no photo of the ice cream because it was a giant tower that I could barely keep up with one hand, but I got tahini chocolate and brown sugar vanilla.

Day 3 – Thursday, July 21

So the problem with staying somewhere with no AC and no screens on the windows–especially if you’re irrationally afraid of birds flying in–is that it gets hot. Really hot. It took me what felt like forever to get to sleep, but I was still ready to go at 8 a.m. when I walked down to Storyville again, this time to get myself a cold brew. I’m not saying it was absolutely necessary, but it made me happy.

Then, I did the tourist thing and walked to the Space Needle. Except I didn’t want to pay to actually go up, so instead I just hung out in the park below and shot photos from the ground.

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I realized then that I hadn’t eaten breakfast, and ate at Portage Bay for the second time in less than 24 hours. I had to wait half an hour for pancakes, but they were really good pancakes.

On the way back to the Hill, I passed the Bulletproof store and decided to pop my head in. I only spent $3 there, but the woman behind the counter complimented my $12 sunglasses, and I now feel even better about that purchase.

(This is a good time to chat about the hills in Seattle. Admittedly it’s not San Fransisco, but Seattle is built on a set of hills that run down to the ocean. If you’re walking West, you’re walking downhill. If you walk East, you walk uphill. Which meant that, going downtown in the morning, I got really far doing very little work, and coming back, I felt about ready to collapse. That might put in perspective the number of naps I felt like I had to take.)

Exhausted from not getting enough sleep, I went back to the apartment and napped. And then I watched Riverdale. I refuse to let anyone judge me for this.

Before eating dinner, I stopped by a thrift store that donates profits to AIDS treatment and I found a flannel for $1.10. It was very good. I was very happy.

Then, I walked East toward dinner. I made a reservation at a popular neighborhood sushi place called Momiji, because if there’s one thing I’m willing to splurge on, it’s sushi. I knew it would be a little pricey (and it was) but it was 100% worth it. For nigiri I got scallops, salmon and roe, and then I ordered three pieces of tuna sashimi and it was THE FRESHEST fish I have ever seen. It was just amazing.

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Sushi made me happy. I wanted to be happier. So I went back to Frankie & Jo’s and got myself more ice cream. I stuck to the brown sugar vanilla (which is some of the best ice cream I have ever tasted) and then got a scoop of “California Cabin” which was a vanilla base with an applewood smoked pine flavor. It was out of this world.

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Because I napped, I didn’t sleep well, but I did watch a lot of Riverdale. I recognize that it’s not actually good tv, but I refuse to be judged for it.

Day 4 – Friday, June 22

I set my alarm for even earlier than usual, because I knew I wanted to hit Storyville one more time before leaving my Airbnb. For those of you wondering, I’m an idiot that can’t count, so I booked the place for one day fewer than I needed it. Which meant I spent my last night in Seattle in a different part of the Hill.

But that’s not really integral to this story. It is integral to mention that the woman behind the counter at Storyville on Pike Place recognized me from the day before (and possibly the day before that). I wanted to make sure I could sleep, so I drank chai instead of coffee.

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Then I walked back to the apartment and cleaned all my things up and hung around for a little bit, watched more tv and got excited to head into the suburbs.

As much as suburbs are antithetical to my beliefs as a person, I have to admit they’ve given me quite a lot. Evanston is, after all, a suburb of sorts. Lots of my hometown has suburban vibes. And on Friday, a trip to the suburbs gave me the chance to meet a fellow food blogger and insta friend in real life.

Bianca (of Balancing Bee) suggested we go to Homegrown and then get some ice cream, and I was in no position to refuse. I got myself a delicious sandwich on some of the best bread I’ve ever had.

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After lunch, we walked ten feet over to Molly Moon’s to get some ice cream. Yes, I’m lactose sensitive. No, I really shouldn’t be eating ice cream. But I love it. In the photo below, you can see my scoop of Stumptown coffee, my scoop of cookie dough, the waffle cone and the background of a suburb. You’re welcome.

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The only downside to all of this is that I needed to use a ride share app to get to and from the ‘burbs. Both on the way there and on the way back, the driver got slightly lost. And on the way back, the driver assumed I was a real, functioning adult with a job and a home. I was very tempted to lie and say that I was 24 with a salaried job, a fiancé and a studio apartment in the West Loop. I ended up telling the truth instead.

The “hotel” I stayed at Friday night wasn’t much of a hotel at all. I never saw any staff, save for at breakfast, and the front door and room doors had four digit passcodes instead of keys. It was interesting, but I preferred it to forced and overly peppy human interaction.

I wanted a lowkey dinner, so I walked to a nearby Japanese restaurant and got seaweed salad, miso soup and some gyoza. And then I realized I was on a street I recognized, and went back to Frankie and Jo’s. Because I have no self control and I really like ice cream.

On my way back to the North Capitol Hill, I found the beginnings of Seattle Pride, which took place the 22nd through the 24th. I thought Iowa City Pride was good, but Seattle Pride was awesome, which I can tell even though I was there for about half an hour. I met a very soft and friendly dog and bought some small pride flags.

Day 5 – Saturday, June 23

Overnight, it rained. And it was cold. I had planned on going to Volunteer Park and seeing Bruce Lee’s grave–not because I feel as though I have a personal connection to Bruce Lee, but because it seemed like the right thing to do. Unfortunately, the weather and my own weakness confined me to Capitol Hill, and I got tea and breakfast instead of going to the park.

After breakfast, I packed up my things and, carrying what felt like everything I owned, went downtown to hang around until it was socially acceptable to head to the airport. My first stop was Pressed Juicery, because I always feel the need to overeat that stuff when I’m in a city where they have it (Pressed, please come to Chicago).

Then I hung around a Cherry Street Coffee and read Ta-Nehisi Coates’s We Were Eight Years In Power. Being who I am, I got a chai.

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Once I was peer pressured into leaving that particular location, I wandered around until I found a cheap enough Mediterranean place. I ate lunch, then went to an ice cream place to get some ice cream for dessert. I was out of control. I still am.

I continued to walk around a little bit, and spent some time in the more common areas of downtown until some people with Jesus t-shirts and handouts got to be too much. I got myself on the Link and headed to Sea-Tac.

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Traveling was, for the most part, uneventful. I made friends with some people at my gate so they would watch my things while I used the bathroom and got food and such. The flight was delayed, first formally. Then we sat in the gate for another hour and a half before taking off.

I didn’t exactly sleep on the plane, but I dozed just enough to have one of those crazy incongruent pre-sleep thoughts. This one was about a foolproof way to deliver drugs. I’m not going to get into it.

Another shoutout to my father for showing up to get me from the airport at 3 a.m. We drove back to Boulder, and I was out the second I hit the pillow.

If you made it to the end of this post, thank you. I had a lot of fun writing it and even more fun exploring Seattle. Catch me living there in ten years.

Peace, love and 10.1% sales tax,

Cam

 

 

LA food tour & video!

Hey everyone! It’s been a rough two weeks since I got back from spring break, but I finally got around to putting together my video and typing out all my thoughts on the amazing food I had in Los Angeles.

Pressed Juicery

Pressed isn’t endemic to LA, but they don’t have one in Chicago–or anywhere in Iowa to my knowledge–so my first official stop on the food tour was at the Pressed Juicery in the Grove shopping center.

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I’ve been waiting probably around a year to try a Pressed Freeze, and it did NOT disappoint. Their chocolate flavor is made with only four ingredients, is vegan and has no added sugar. I don’t see myself moving to LA in the future, but I think I’ll have to live somewhere in the vicinity of a Pressed Juicery after I graduate.

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My second stop (after a quick walk through the original LA Farmers Market in La Brea) was Fonuts, a baked donut joint that specializes in vegan and gluten free offerings.

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I got one chocolate hazelnut donut (gluten free) and one raspberry vanilla donut (gluten free and vegan!) and ate them both even though I told myself I probably wouldn’t be able to finish.

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These were hands down the best baked donuts I’ve ever had, and because I own a donut pan, I plan on trying to recreate some as soon as I’m home for the summer.

Sweetfin Poké

Because donuts don’t actually count as lunch, I had to stop by Sweetfin to grab some poké before checking out a thrift store or two. The man in line before me must have been ordering for his office, because he just handed the cashier the phone and had him punch it all in by himself. Shoutout to that cashier, because he’s clearly very dedicated.

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I got tuna with gochujang sauce, kale and avocado all on a bed of kelp noodles instead of rice, which is a great alternative if you can’t have grains. I can, but I just figured I’d go low carb since I’d just eaten two donuts.

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Sweet Butter’s breakfast was out of this WORLD and, while painfully LA hipster, was exactly what I needed before an easy hike. I got an avocado toast (duh) some flourless chocolate cake and a chai latte with oat milk, which I hadn’t tried before that day.

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All the food was totally beautiful and perfect for the insta.

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Sidecar Doughnuts and Coffee

Half a day later, down in Santa Monica, I had to head over to Sidecar to grab a donut. Sidecar’s claim to fame is that (a) their donuts are always fresh made and (b) they have some savory flavors. So of course, I chose to try a rosemary lemon drop.

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Blue Star Donuts

And now to the last stop on the food tour and my favorite by far: Blue Star Donuts. The flavors are totally crazy and also freakin’ amazing.

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I got two donuts here: the first is passion fruit cacao nib, and it was sprinkled with some cayenne pepper as well for a kick. The passion fruit glaze had a super intense flavor as well.

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I wish I’d been able to see some more places, especially to find healthy food, but LA is big and we only had three days.

I hope y’all got something out of this (if only some serious donut envy) and here’s to a less stressful week 3 of spring quarter!

Hiking Fuel 101

Hey everyone! I just got back from a quick vacation to Rocky Mountain National Park and I thought I would share a quick post on what I eat on hikes; we did four trails in three days. The longer ones mandated that we bring snacks. On Thursday, we climbed Deer Mountain, and on Friday we climbed Flattop Mountain, which is almost 9 miles round trip. I’m not any sort of super-expert, but I’ve done a fair share of hiking in my day, and I would say 9 miles isn’t bad for a girl with an autoimmune issue.

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So what do you want to eat on a hike? I recommend three main things: something salty, something “sugary” and something fatty, especially if you’re going to be hiking for a long time. Confused? Check below what I recommend and why.

Something salty

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When you sweat, you lose not only water but also lots of salt. Keeping electrolytes up is really important, so bringing something salty with you will help keep energy up throughout the hike. I chose these Jackson’s Honest potato chips because they don’t have anything but potatoes, coconut oil and sea salt.

Something “sugary”

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Y’all didn’t think I meant refined sugar, did you? Natural sugar is always the way to go, but things like dates and dried fruit are high glycemic and will convert to usable energy quickly. Things like Lärabars, raisins and banana chips are all good options for either right before or during a hike when you feel your legs getting tired.

Something fatty

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While you need something high glycemic to give quick energy, “slow release” foods are another important thing to eat while exercising. The healthy fats will both keep you full on the trail and release energy over time to keep you going. You can either eat this plain, on some crackers or bread, or by dipping an Rx bar into it (see my insta @sugarandsitups).

I hope you guys found this useful! We still have all of August for vacation, so if you’re going to be out hiking or camping, make sure to grab some of the food I suggested! Hope everyone has a wonderful week!

Weekend in Portland

Hey everybody! I spent the last weekend in Portland, Oregon, which is a city I’ve been wanting to visit for AGES. I really didn’t know what to expect from the weekend, but I was impressed at how much nature we were able to soak up while based in the city.

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The Japanese Garden and International Rose Garden were up on a hill in Washington park, only a few minutes away from downtown.

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Mid July is definitely the time to visit the roses, because almost all of them were in bloom. I know nothing about flowers, but it was definitely nice to look at them.

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The next day, we drove out to the Columbia River Gorge and took a short hike up to some falls. I wasn’t wearing proper hiking shoes at all, but the time in the forest and seeing the waterfall made up for the shin splints later on. We walked around the Pearl District after coming back into town, but I was too busy looking at shoes to take photos of that.

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And in case you thought I was done with gardens, we also visited the Lan Su Chinese garden, which is literally in the middle of Portland’s Chinatown. The best part was that there was a tea house where I got some steamed buns… but I guess the plants were pretty too.

Not pictured: the yoga class I took Sunday morning and how full my suitcase was on the way home because of shopping.

For more travel updates and snapshots of my day-to-day life, make sure to follow me on Instagram @sugarandsitups and check out my YouTube channel!

The Baltic States

Just over a week ago, I got back from a ten day orchestra tour in the Baltic States; Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Photography is my second form of art (after food) so I took tons of pictures everywhere we visited. At the end of the post I also linked a short video about the experience. Hope you enjoy!

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Tower in the main square of Vilnius, Lithuania.
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Bricks matching my outfit in Vilnius.
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Accidentally crashed a college commencement in this building in Vilnius.
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Affogato at lunch with some friends. I ate one bite, but more would’ve been a mistake.
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Castle in the town of Trakai, where things are measured in storks instead of stars (e.g. five stork restaurant, two stork hotel). Lithuania was only a kingdom for 10 years, so this castle was occupied by grand dukes instead.
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Hill of Crosses, Lithuania.
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Former guild headquarters, Riga, Latvia.
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Friend and fellow violinist Hae Joo, wearing a traditional Latvian flower crown for St. John’s Eve and the celebration of the summer solstice.
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Cat House, Riga. (Alternate caption: the floor is men)
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On point dessert selection at a rooftop restaurant in Riga.
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View from St. Olav’s Church tower, Tallinn, Estonia. Over 200 steps up, but I’ve done worse.
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Lahemaa National Park, Estonia.
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Sweater Wall, Tallinn. Apparently this is a way to make sure socks fit.

I had so much fun in the Baltics, even though I didn’t feel so great most of the time. I’m so glad I decided to go, even if it did mean I had my violin as a carry-on.

To see more photos from the trip, especially what I ate, check out my Instagram @sugarandsitups where you’ll find commentary on the food and more of my everyday life. Thanks!

The Apple Orchard

This past weekend I went to the local apple orchard with my family to get apples, desserts and a little outdoor time.

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This time of year, there are tons of apple varieties in season. The orchard conveniently stocks apples up in a building so walking around isn’t necessary. We bought Galas, Heralds, Cortlands and a variety I’d never tried called Song of September. Naturally, I’m planning on finding ways to cook with these apples. I already have an apple crisp coming up soon, but I’ll definitely have more.

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At the orchard, they also have a handful of desserts to buy. We always get half a dozen apple cider donuts, most of which my brother eats. I always have a bite or so, but fried donuts don’t always sit well with me, so I’m planning on trying a baked version. And this time I got a warm, sugar-coated apple turnover. The flaky dough was packed with apple compote and I couldn’t resist eating it quickly and burning my tongue.

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But the absolute best part of the visit was this kitten I made friends with. I have two cats and, despite being allergic, love all cats more than most people. This little guy was hanging around the picnic tables and letting kids pet him, and occasionally attacking various bits of grass.

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I hope you guys are having a fun start to fall–though it’s not really fall yet–and enjoy the cute pictures of this photogenic cat.

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Vienna, Munich & Heidelberg

Second (and last) half of the trip is over and done with, so I decided I’d share some photos of Austria and Germany with you guys.

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The best part of Vienna was (naturally) dessert. From left to right, these slices of cake are raspberry, Sachertorte (which I’ll explain) and Mozart-Torte. The Sachertorte was created at the Sacher Hotel in Vienna ages ago, and now it’s become a traditional food of the city. It comprises rich chocolate cake, a layer of jam and a smooth chocolate glaze. The Mozart cake was chocolate with pistachio and hazelnut, which is what the world has decided is “Mozart Flavored” apparently. The raspberry cake is self explanatory, but included cake, a raspberry mousse and a sliver of white chocolate on top. I’m really glad we got a sampler plate, because I could not have eaten three normal sized pieces of cake.

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This picture is slightly blurry but super important to me, because of its contents. On our full day in Vienna, we stopped by the Kunsthistorichemuseum (art history museum) for about an hour and a half. There, we saw many paintings that I’d seen in my AP European History textbook, including The Hunters in the Snow by Pieter Bruegel. The lighting was pretty bad, but it was absolutely necessary to have the proof that I saw it.

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I was in Munich two years ago, so I had lots of fun revisiting old sites (none of them changed) and trying to learn more about the same places. This is Nymphenburg Palace, which I saw back in 2014, but I got better pictures at this year. The palace is very symmetrical, very ornate and has huge gardens that back in the day were watered by people, not a sprinkler system.

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We also visited the Viktualienmarkt, a market filled mostly with food. Here, we see some fruit I’ve literally never seen in a grocery store at home in Iowa. They’re really, really tiny tangerines, and were displayed alongside things like durian, dragonfruit and jackfruit.

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Overall, it was so nice to come back to a city I’d been in before. In all the other cities I was overwhelmed not knowing what was the best way to use my time, but coming here I knew exactly what I wanted to see and do. Our last night in Munich, we went out to a university music festival featuring Big Band Dachau. They were actually really great, and experiencing the collegiate culture of Munich was a great way to end our stay there.

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The last stop on our journey was in Heidelberg, a city in the German federal state of Baden-Wurtemburg. After a boat cruise down the Neckar river and a terrifyingly tight bus ride up a hill, we got to see the remnants of this castle and the surrounding area, complete with a tour of of the well system and yet another set of spiral stairs. I climbed more stairs in the past two weeks than I have in the rest of my life, I swear.

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This photo was taken by my friend Fenna, as I was telling her, “Fenna, you’re the artist.” While it was intended as a response to convince her she didn’t need my instruction, it also reminded me why I love taking photos; I can’t create art, so I like to capture it instead.

I had such a good time on this trip! I know that travel isn’t always easy, but if any of you have a chance I would highly recommend Central Europe as a destination. It’s not as expensive as many places in Western Europe, is very easily accessible and makes for a great adventure (especially if you end up at a music festival on a Monday night).

 

Berlin, Prague & Budapest

The first couple days of this trip to Europe started in Berlin, then went to Prague and Budapest, so I decided to share with you guys some pictures and details.

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Berlin is a super cool city. Like many European cities damaged in World War II, it’s a mixture of old buildings and new infrastructure. However, Berlin is a little bit more interesting, because for 40 years, half of it was under communist control. This adds some Soviet architecture into the mix, and there are lots of buildings that weren’t rebuilt until the 90s, because the Soviet sponsored government of East Germany didn’t have enough money to pay for them.

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The city of Berlin is entirely in former West Germany, but when the country was being divided after the war, the allies agreed to also split the capital city. This meant that the city of West Berlin was encircled–at first in theory, and eventually by an actual wall. I took this picture of Jenny and Lily at the East Side Gallery, where lots of artists from all over the world painted on the remaining parts of the wall.

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Surprise! Berlin is on top of a swamp. These colorful pipes take water to and from important locations above ground, because they can’t put them under.

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Our next stop was Prague, which is a city that wasn’t super destroyed during the war. This means that all the stuff that looks old actually is old, something that can’t be said about most ancient looking buildings in Europe. This is a statue that is said to grant wishes, and most of the people in our group wished not to get sick with whatever virus was going around (so far we’ve done okay).

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At the town hall, we climbed a tower, which gave us a great view.

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… but the best part was that we got to eat this dessert afterward. It’s advertised as “authentic Czech food” but our tour guide told us it originated in Hungary.

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This cake is undisputed Hungarian food that we got in Budapest at this really pretty café and bookstore. It used to be a department store, so it had two floors, high, painted ceilings, and a guy playing the piano in the background. Fenna and I split and loved this cake. But what can I say, I love most cake.

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We also saw this really cool church. The only downside was that women were required to cover their shoulders, and it was about 95 degrees F both inside and outside.

All of these cities were so awesome and I look forward to sharing the second half of the trip with you soon!

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Energy Packed Granola

This filling and energy packed granola isn’t only healthy, but it’s super easy to make, tastes great and is a super convenient snack.

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It’s good on yogurt, of course, but the reason I made some now is that I’m about to go on a trip to Europe. Airplane food has never been great, especially the food on American based airlines. But with a bag of this, the flight shouldn’t seem so long and arduous. Plus, if I eat some right before landing in Berlin, I might be able to stay awake through the afternoon and adjust to the time difference.

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The fruits–full of natural sugars and high-glycemic–will convert to usable energy quickly, meaning there won’t be any lag between my snack and having to translate all the German words. Nuts, on the other hand, are more of a “slow burn” food, and will supply energy over several hours. This way, I won’t crash as soon as we venture into the city.

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Obviously, it’s a great snack or meal supplement for at home as well, but I thought a good way to kick off my travel posts over the next two weeks would be with this travel tip: bring your own food, because it’s going to be healthier than the airplane food. In addition, airplane food is only served at mealtimes, which is a struggle if you sleep on planes or happen to be hungry at non-appointed intervals. I hope you guys enjoy this recipe, and I look forward to telling you about my travels.

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • ¼ cup chopped almonds
  • ¼ cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg white
  • ½ cup raisins
  • ½ cup dried cherries

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 350º F.

In a large bowl, mix the oats, almonds and walnuts until evenly distributed. Then, add the cinnamon and stir until combined.

Add in the coconut oil, honey and vanilla, and mix again until the mixture is coated.

Stir in the egg white until clumps of granola form.

Spread the granola on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 20 minutes until the oats and walnuts are golden brown.

Let cool completely on the baking sheet, then transfer to a bowl and stir in the raisins and dried cherries.

Store in a plastic container or mason jar up to two weeks.