one cool thing about applying to grad school is the chance to visit the schools and their respective cities (sometimes for free!) and get free food. i went to visit scripps for a couple days, and it was fun staying with christina. i didn’t get any pictures of food though. christina and her roommates fed me well though and i got a couple free lunches. here is the one picture i took:
more awesome was my completely free trip to seattle (flight+hotel). it my first time visiting there, and i liked the city a lot. i really like flying in planes during the day because then i can see all the clouds and mountains and things below. on the way there:
and we got a really great view of downtown seattle as we were flying in:
one night the department had a really tasty dinner for us, but i didn’t get to take any pictures. it was delicious BUFFET. the best item was the vegetarian entree, which was this awesome eggplant italian cheesy tomato saucy thing.
anyway, the campus at university of washington is beautiful. everything’s so green and fresh. and it’s my favorite type of greenery. the kind of mountainy, cooler weather green, as opposed to like tropical, warm greens or yellowy field greens. i took a walk around to check it out. first, there was this cute duck that tried to follow me. probably wanted food or something. so i yelled him to discourage his dependence on humans:
lots of flowers were blooming already. there were some huge, fully blooming magnolia trees:
but most notably, all the pink cherry blossoms were blooming across campus.
aren’t they awesome? one more picture for good measure:
i also saw this perfect looking camellia:
i also had the chance to see some of the touristy stuff around downtown seattle because dr. and dr. tung + chris (family friends) were super nice and took me around one afternoon. first they took me for delicious seafood at anthony’s. i forgot my camera, but the food was fresh and tasty. we had some tasty clams (a small type special to that area) cooked in butter lemon water that professor tung likes to drink. we also shared some clam chowder, which was also excellent. i had some fish and chips with cole slaw. the tungs told me the halibut is nice and fresh right now so that’s what i got. mmm… fresh fish is so good. anyway, we hit a bunch of the tourist highlights. we went to pike market. the flower stands were really something:
fresh and bright and vibrant. i saw lots of people with huge bouquets. i’d love to get flowers of that quality and at that price here. anyway, lots of seafood:
we had a small snack at this chinese bun store. this bun was amazing!
the one pictured is curry beef. i have never had such a fresh, fluffy bun! it was still hot from the oven and the texture was so light and wonderful. by far the best bun i’ve ever had. nothing else comes close. i forgot the name of the place. it’s on the street where pike market is though.
we also went to the space needle:
it was cloudy that day, but we still had some nice views:
anyway, on the plane ride back the clouds were so pretty and soft:
for dinner i picked up more of anthony’s clam chowder at the airport to eat on the plane:
the tungs were telling me earlier that unlike airports like LAX, seatac actually has very affordable food. i think this cup of clam chowder was $2. anthony’s is their favorite place at the airport, but wolfgang puck’s express is also supposed to be pretty tasty. dr. tung also bought me a yummy apple pastry from a french bakery at pike market to snack on during the flight:
seattle was a lot of fun, especially thanks to the tungs. i will definitely go visit again when i get the chance, especially since everyone i met on my visit told me that seattle summers are unbeatable.