If you know us, you know we walk and ride our bikes EVERYWHERE. Way before we started dating, we used to go for long walks and bike rides together and loved it! Mostly for work, except for this one time on a reallllly snowy day when we called it quits after half a day at work and decided to spend the rest of the day walking. We walked to Gold Coast for sushi, and then to our now-favorite coffee shop that was a block away from where we’d eventually live together! Pretty cool.
We still go for a lot of really long walks, and living in two cities with extremely unpredictable weather means we’re used to getting soaked to the bone, frozen solid, or pleasantly comfortable (very rare). When we first moved here, our walks were like 8 or 9 miles on average, mostly because we were unfamiliar with the city, and would wander pretty far from home and then have to find our way back. Those walks were great, and I logged a bunch of the routes so I could look back and find the places we loved the most on the map. Now, our walks are closer to 5 miles on average, and we *usually* have a destination or two in mind when we leave the house.
On Saturday, I knew I really wanted to go to the KSMM (King Street Makers Market) in the International District, so that was our vague end goal.
We both woke up super early so we decided to get our day started. It was kind of dreary and supposed to rain a bit, so we wore our rain coats, but we were both overly optimistic and Brian brought his camera and I wore tennies. Both bad choices. Brian’s camera stayed in my backpack most of the time and my shoes were sponges after about 30 minutes of walking. We stopped into our favorite (MASSIVE) Goodwill to kill time before the market opened, and walked out with two ugly christmas sweater party outfits, an xray bag for Brian’s film, and two Nintendo Wii steering wheels. Solid day at Goodwill.
There are so so so so many good restaurants in the International District, so I did some quick research on instagram and we went to get dim sum at Harbor City for lunch. IT WAS SO AMAZINGLY DELICIOUS. Neither of us have ever had real dim sum before with the carts going around, so we foolishly said yes to like everything on the first cart, most of the second, and then had way too much food on our table and had to pass on the next 4 carts 😦 Everything was awesome though, and we will definitely be back!
The KSMM was kind of disappointing, and similar to a lot of the craft fairs and Saturday markets in Seattle. Not a whole ton of unique talent, and a lot of stuff that you can find at every other market. We didn’t buy anything, but it was fun to look.
On Sunday, we woke up to sun and blue skies! Brian yanked me out of bed and made me put on my shoes because we had to go outside!!!!!! NOW!!!!
It was totally worth it. We realized we were starving about 15′ outside our apt, so we decided to detour past the Volunteer Park Cafe that we’ve been meaning to try out for awhile. It was honestly one of the most comforting and delicious places we’ve been in a long time, and it was even better than everyone told us. We got two day-old pastries and a ‘kugel‘ (omg delicious) and were plenty happy for the rest of our walk. We wandered down a bunch of side streets we’ve never taken before and just saw the most beautiful parts of Seattle that we’ve never seen before! I was pulling my mittens off every 10 seconds to take pictures, it was so pretty. It just completely blows my mind that we live somewhere so incredibly beautiful, and that we can be so surrounded by natural beauty after just a 5 minute walk from our home. I’m loving this city more and more by the day…..