Ahoy! I've been absurdly busy since I've moved to Greenwood in Seattle. To give you an idea of how nuts things have been, I've switched housing situations four times already and my cats have been complete troopers!

I broke my non-official sublet with my landlord because she lied about when I was supposed to move in and was shouting at me over the phone in broken english. As someone who has rented for four years and always has respectful relationships with my landlords, I couldn't endure that verbal abuse and stress...so I stayed at an expensive and sketchy Motel 6 for a night, found a last minute airbnb room in Tacoma to stay at for four nights, and lucked out with an awesome sublet in a 6 bedroom house near Green Lake!

Seattle's Craigslist page is chock-full of scams! I've signed fake contracts with people for sublets only to realize they were fake (luckily I never sent money). It's incredibly frustrating and disheartening, especially when you're living off your credit card and have no idea if you're going to have to make the horrible 24 hour drive back to Minnesota again...

So far, I've gone out for drinks with my roommates and new friends. I'm going to Elysian Brewing Company tonight and can't wait to try out some cannabis here ;). It's so weird to see cannabis stores all over this state when it seems every other person in Minnesota smokes pot at least occasionally, yet they never openly advertise it.

The sales tax here SUCKS. I've been paying 10% on items to furnish my house, like a used dresser, bookcase, lamp, and nightstand...it all adds up. Luckily, there's no income tax.

So far, I've been applying to medical school secondary applications left and right! Hard work DOES pay off and I'm almost done!!!! That's 22 schools done in only two months!!! Holy cow. I've also been applying and networking for jobs! I had a phone interview for a contractor and hopefully something falls through.

This weekend, I'm volunteering for a series of trail running races, so I'm super excited! I have been running a lot more lately around Green Lake and neighborhood. I even bought a hydration belt for my runs! 

Some general observations about this city:

-I miss Aldi! I shop at Safeway and Fred Meyer and wow, is produce at Fred Meyer expensive. Everyone seems to eat organic here...which doesn't match with my budget at all!

-The traffic is AWFUL, but you must plan wisely by leaving ahead of time/not going out during rush hour/walking and biking as much as you can.

-I thought it was going to be so temperate here in the summer...So far it's been hotter than Minneapolis, with temperatures in the 90s and it is SO dry right now. Can't wait for the "depressing" rain and chill ;). There's also no AC in Seattle, so boo!

-This city is filled with hipsters. Forget Portland, this place was way more "hip" than I thought it would be. Ironic t-shirts, self-righteousness, forced quirkiness abound. That's not to say there aren't amazing, genuine people out here but this holier than thou attitude annoys me.

-Lots of Bernie bros, organic, granola or bust people out here...lots of gamers and tech people, as it is the city of Amazon and Microsoft

-Driving through Snohomish Pass was one of the most amazing sights ever!!! It's right outside of Seattle on 90 and these enormous evergreen trees cover the sides of the highway. It's absolutely stunning.

-Amazing beer. JUST amazing beer out here. I'm impressed with the local microbrewery culture and how affordable it is!

-Very friendly people, but not so warm or fake as Midwesterners, which is totally cool with my direct attitude

-There's a compost collection in the city!! Love it :D



Holy crap!

I can't believe I leave for Seattle in two days! Time has flown since I first made the decision to leave Minnesota over a year ago and embark on a huge road trip across the country to the beautiful Evergreen state. It's going to be a crazy year for me between applying for medical schools (including international programs in Ireland and Denmark), saving money, keeping in touch with friends and family, and balancing two jobs with my fitness goals. I hope I can finally get more into outdoor climbing (tonight I'm actually taking a lead climbing class), camp outside more often (instead of just in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area), cycle more often (hopefully enter a race for the first time!), get back into trail running (shouldn't be too hard with the jaw-dropping trail system in Washington state), and maybe even scuba dive in the PNW! On top of all of my outdoors activities, I hope to keep up with my Italian and Swedish language studies, and continue progressing towards A2 proficiency.

This will be a place I can share my thoughts as I learn more about myself, my passions, my career, and my new home. After I leave at the crack of dawn Wednesday, I'll be sure to document my crazy 15 hour drive to Anaconda, Montana with plenty of pictures of my cats, the beautiful scenery, and any other struggles.


I will certainly miss cuddling with these monsters! To the left is my Boston Terrier, Sass...it was her first time at a restaurant and she was feeling petrified!

​I will also miss hanging out with my busy friends, canoeing down the St. Croix, and trying new beers (The top left is from Canal Park Brewing Co. in Duluth and the bottom left is from Castle Danger Brewery in Two Harbors, MN). Let the adventures begin!!!