On the second day, we visited the Seattle Needle and the Experience Music Project Museum. Nearby, there was also Chihuly Garden and Glass, which has a lot of great glass items that would make perfect souvenirs (just make sure to bundle them up, though).
Afterwards, we went to Green Lake. The bus ride took about an hour, but the view was totally worth it. We met up with a friend in Chocolati chocolate shop, then took a walk around the park and the neighborhood. We were all from out of town (My sister and I were from California, our friend was from Vancouver) but getting lost in the area was fun!
It was spring and we saw a row of trees with blooming pink flowers. We asked someone about what they were…imagine our surprise when we discovered that they were cherry blossom trees! Seattle is a long way from Japan, so I asked myself why they have all those trees?
It turned out that in the early 20th century, many people who had been to Japan were struck by the beauty of the cherry blossom trees. First Lady Helen Herron Taft was among these people and she supported the plan to bring the Sakura trees to Washington. After a few mishaps (the first batch sent to Washington had bugs and had to be burned), the trees were planted and they stayed ever since.
For more information about the story, go here.
In the afternoon, we went to the University of Washington to visit our friend. The school was great and the neighborhood (University Village and other areas in the University District) was fun! We walked all the way from Green Lake to the University of Washington and did not realize how far it was until our friend told us.
We stayed at University Village until late at night. It was a lovely place with lots of pretty lights on the trees. If you ever get the chance to go here, don’t forget to visit Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream. I tried the coffee flavor and it was great.