Seattle, WA Norwescon – April 2015

Here is another post I felt was in need of reformatting (I am currently re-doing my entire blog as I was not completely satisfied with how it look, but I’m getting there). So if you missed it the first time, here is a little snapshot of my amazing trip to Seattle last April:

Today, I got home from an amazing four day trip to Seattle, WA. While I was in Seattle I visited a friend, visited all of the tourist spots, and went to Norwescon. I had an absolutely amazing time! I am going to do a repost from my other site, Diary of a Vagabond, where I did a day-by-day post of my activities. Hope you enjoy the post!

Day 1:

Today, I arrived in Seattle, WA and had a proper look around the city for the first time! I have to say, I think I am in love with Seattle – I could seriously see myself living here someday! I love being by the water and going to Pike Place Market was a dream come true, to be surrounded by so much fresh seafood! I spent almost all of the afternoon exploring Pike Place Market (where I stopped in a cute little restaurant and had about a million pounds of delicious fresh crab) and then I headed up the street to the very first Starbucks ever (another dream come true). I also did some window shopping and got a few giant and delicious jazz apples and baklava from a sweet Greek food stand.

As much fun as I had today, tomorrow the real fun begins! Tomorrow is the first day of Norwescon and none other than the spectacular author of the series A Song of Ice and Fire, George R. R. Martin will be there! I am beyond excited to get to hear him talk and read some of his writing. The con will also feature a lot of other amazing seminars and other nerdy events! I am super excited to see what kinds of cool things I will learn and the fun things I will experience over the next few days!

 

Pike Place Market. Seattle, WA
Pike Place Market. Seattle, WA
First Starbucks
First Starbucks

Day 2:

Today was day two of my Seattle adventure and day one of the Norwescon. This is only the second convention I have ever been to (I went to the first Walker Stalker Con back in 2015) and I have to say at first it was a little overwhelming. Thankfully, due to the laid back nature of those in attendance I was able to feel right at home with all the good nerdiness.

I started the day by getting my favorite book from the series A Song of Ice and Fire (A Storm of Swords) signed by none other than George R. R. Martin (a.k.a. the Stranger)! It was so amazing and I couldn’t believe that I actually got to be that close to the man. I spent the next few hours wandering around the convention, looking at different booths, conquering the Iron Throne, and listening to seminars on the difference between soldiers and warriors. Then came the banquet dinner! I was slightly bummed when I got randomly seated just two tables away from George R. R. Martin, but I got to meet some other amazing writers in attendance and had lively conversation that started with the principles of surviving a zombie apocalypse to real world issues such as utilizing technology (such as drones) to get food and aid to remote villages in Africa. Then it happened (after a lot of encouragement from my mom), I got to meet and chat with George R. R. Martin! I was completely awe struck but I tried to play it off as cool as possible. I told him that I loved the glorification of his bastard characters (speaking as a bastard myself) and when I told him that I identified with Jon Snow, he said “You know nothing Jon Snow”. I’m pretty sure I momentarily died; it was seriously a dream come true! He was such an amazing guy and I feel so blessed that I had the opportunity to meet and speak with him.

I didn’t get the opportunity to take a ton of photos today, but I should be able to take quite a few tomorrow. Tomorrow is the second day of Norwescon and it will be a day filled with all sorts of interesting panels and a Q&A session with George R. R. Martin. Tomorrow, I am also going on an underground tour and paranormal tour of Seattle, so I am hoping to get a few more amazing pictures!

Me conquering the Iron Throne with Ice
Me conquering the Iron Throne with Ice
My mom meeting George R. R. Martin
My mom meeting George R. R. Martin

Day 3:

So I didn’t get the chance to post my Day 3 adventures in Seattle because I had a full day and did not get home until after midnight. Yesterday was day three in Seattle and day two of Norwescon. In the morning as I was eating my breakfast I was lucky enough to see George R. R. Martin again while he was just walking around, which was pretty awesome. I spent the rest of the morning attending different seminars, like One-on-One Combat for Writers where I got to see some pretty amazing sword action, and a seminar on how to write a vivid scene. I was able to learn a lot and meet some very interesting people.

Later in the afternoon, I stopped over in Chinatown and got some delicious Thai food. After that I continued on downtown to Pioneer Square. Pioneer Square was a really pretty place. While I was there I went on an Underground Tour, where I got to explore the streets of Seattle at their original levels, which was way under the street level now. Later that night, after it got dark, I went on the paranormal tour in the underground, which was so much fun! The lights were out and I got use EVP, which made me feel like I was in an episode of Supernatural. Overall, it was a great mix of Norwescon nerding out and seeing more of beautiful Seattle.

Near Pioneer Square
Near Pioneer Square
Underground Tour
Underground Tour

Day 4:

Today was quite a thrill. It was my forth and last day in Seattle and I could think of no better was to spend it than exploring the city with an amazing blogger and friend I met,Shelly! She is also a blogger, a Registered Dietitian, and a Seattle native. It took a little while to find her (I had to get from one end of Seattle to the other, which is not easy being directionally challenged), but when I finally did, it was the start of an amazing day!

We went to a cute little cafe and then I got a tour of the University where I got to see some beautiful cherry blossom trees and fountain. Then we went to Gas Works Park, which was so cool. I have never been to a park like that before. Then we went to see the Troll under the bridge, and finally, we topped the day off with one of my favorite activities, the zoo! It was so much fun to just hang out and get to know each other. Overall, it was an amazing last day in Seattle! I seriously love this town and I can’t wait to come back again.

Troll under the bridge
Troll under the bridge
Baby lion
Baby lion

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You can see more photos from my trip to Seattle, WA here.

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