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Life Lately (according to Instagram)

I am on vacation. This is a fairly rare occurrence for me, so I am trying to enjoy it while it lasts. I’m probably not reading as much as I should, however I’m doing plenty of other things that I thought I would share (if only to make you wish you were here too and as I shared my last vacation I already set the precedent…). Warning: you are at the mercy of my high quality iPhone (and Instagram) photos.

1. Third Beach, Stanley Park, Vancouver, British Columbia (that’s me, in case you didn’t recognize me :))
2. Hidden Valley, Discovery Park, Seattle, Washington
3. Keep Portland Weird, Dante’s, Live Music on Burnside, Oregon
4. Mt. St. Helens, Washington
5. North Beach, Seattle, Washington
6. Pike Place Market, Seattle, Washington
7. Por Que No Tacos, Portland, Oregon
8. Powell’s Books, Portland, Oregon
9. Salt & Straw, Portland, Oregon
10. Waterfront, Seattle, Washington
11. Seattle Skyline
12. Washington State Arboretum

So there you have it, the first week of my vacation. This list is actually fairly reflective of my interests: books, food, music, nature, and the beach – I’m sure there’s something deep to be inferred from that observation. I will be in British Columbia through most of this upcoming week. For those of you who read this post, thank you for humoring me – I would do the same for you.

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  • http://adithyaentertainment.wordpress.com adithyaentertainment

    Reblogged this on Adithya Entertainment.

  • http://booksaremyfavouriteandbest.wordpress.com booksaremyfavouriteandbest

    Very jealous… Seattle and the Pacific north coast very high on my US-travel-wishlist (is this the bit where I mention how much I love Grey’s Anatomy…?)

    • http://www.fourthstreetreview.com Rory

      It’s been really nice so far – oddly enough it’s been very sunny. I haven’t seem Grey’s in years, too much drama. Of course, every time I catch it I am instantly sucked in and lose an hour of my life…

  • http://thewellreadredhead.com Kelly

    Great snapshots, glad you’re enjoying the vaca!! I would love to travel to that part of the country, never been.

    • http://www.fourthstreetreview.com Rory

      This is my first time farther north than Portland, it’s the prettiest place I’ve ever been (tied with Kauai).

  • http://twitter.com/missbonnie13 Bonnie (@missbonnie13)

    Great pictures!! So envious. :) I love Seattle and haven’t been there in years but it’s my favorite city. Would love to visit Vancouver, that city looks gorgeous. Hope you’re enjoying yourself.

    • http://www.fourthstreetreview.com Rory

      I absolutely LOVED Seattle, it now tops the list of my favorite places I’ve been (this surprised me, I didn’t think anything would ever top Stockholm). I’ve only spent two days in Vancouver and so far I’ve learned it is expensive and beautiful.

  • http://missjomarch.booklikes.com Lori

    Yay! So glad you made it to Powell’s books. I love that area and frequently visit my dearest cousin who lives in Vancouver. Enjoy your vacation :-)

    • http://www.fourthstreetreview.com Rory

      Powell’s was great, definitely a highlight of the trip. I bought a book by a local author out of respect (Fight Club).

      Aside from the bookshop, I swear I did practically nothing but eat. It was glorious. It rained too much, of course – that was the only downfall.

  • http://figandthistle.wordpress.com nerdybookgirl

    One of these days I will get to that book store.

  • http://picturemereading.wordpress.com picturemereading

    Lucky, I am envious of your vacation!

  • http://froodianpseudoanalysis.wordpress.com DrFrood

    I speak on behalf of the internet when I say that I could do with a holiday, too… and a taco.

    Actually, screw the holiday, gimme the taco.

    On a snide note, I wasn’t aware that the sun actually shone in Seattle – like Manchester I was led to believe that it is a place of incessant rain, possibly, although I can’t back this up, due to an ancient curse by the gods of the sun who foresaw the coming of Mudhoney and Madness respectively. The gods of the sun enjoy neither grunge nor madchester, but there’s no accounting for taste.

    • http://www.fourthstreetreview.com Rory

      The taco was excellent, possibly the best part of Portland (which I thought I would like more than I did).

      Seattle was warm and sunny. On the plane to Seattle, the guy to my left (who was reading The Maxims of Manhood, I tried to spare judgment) derisively snorted when I told the woman on my right that I thought it was going to be nice for the next few days. I spent the next day hoping that somewhere he was acknowledging I was right or, at the very least, getting a parking ticket.

      I’ll admit that In honor of the city, I actually made a Seattle playlist before I left. Mudhoney is on it (as are Nirvana and Soundgarden, though Alice in Chains is not), but I’ll probably delete it when I get home.

      If it’s any consolation, it’s done almost nothing but rain in Vancouver, BC. Maybe the gods of the sun also aren’t cinematically fond of Rambo or Mulder. Next vacation, I’m going someplace warm and dry.

  • http://markp427.wordpress.com Mark Petruska

    4. Mount St. Helens is in Washington. :)

    • http://www.fourthstreetreview.com Rory

      It was just a test to see if anyone was paying attention…

      or

      I wrote it so late that I wasn’t paying attention…

      Most likely the latter, so thank you, it is now fixed. (I cringed at the error and feel as if I should be stripped of my geography and geology degrees).

      • http://markp427.wordpress.com Mark Petruska

        You have a geography degree?? That makes it even better!!

        • http://www.fourthstreetreview.com Rory

          Embarrassingly enough (in this case), I have a BA in geography. Although apparently my skills don’t extend to the Pacific Northwest…

  • http://anovelthing.wordpress.com Kate

    While you’re in Vancouver check out Lighthouse park, and Deep Cove. Both worth the visits!

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