seattle gum wall

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I finally went to the gum wall! People have always mentioned it to me whenever I head up to Seattle but, for whatever reason, I never checked it out. When we went to Seattle in June, I made sure to stop by. I love it! I’m just in awe of the amount of gum that has been stuck to the walls over time, and the creativity of some. I enjoy hanging around the Pike Place Market area in general but I really appreciate the alleys, graffiti, and weird things that you can stumble upon. I don’t think there is anything this cool in Portland but we have our fair share of neat things! I do wish there was more street art on the West side but whatcha gonna do.

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hawaii

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I was lucky enough to vacation in Hawaii last year, in October. I actually won the trip through my employer! To be honest, I had no interest in ever seeing Hawaii but a free trip is a free trip. My reservations about the place completely changed once we landed. We stayed in Kona, with one night spent in Honolulu. As I suspected, Honolulu was like a prettier Las Vegas. Tourists everywhere!

Although the trip has came and went, I had one stray roll of film that I just got developed. Took me long enough, eh? I absolutely love shooting film but I usually can’t be bothered to get it developed in a timely fashion. When I do remember that I have rolls to develop, I end up forgetting to bring them with me when I leave the apartment. Here are a few of my favorite shots from the roll!

Trees everywhere! Staying in Kona was such a great choice; it was incredibly green and super rainy.
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Driving around on a super foggy and gloomy day. I really enjoyed the contrast of the black concrete against the green landscape.
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We went up to Mauna Kea for an evening and saw the sun set above the clouds. I didn’t want to leave.
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I really enjoyed seeing palm trees that didn’t look out of place. Growing up in Vegas, palm trees are everywhere they don’t belong.
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exploring portland

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Last month I agreed to go on a missive mission of sorts. Through Twitter, I connected with a lady who sent me a postcard of an old UFO museum in Portland. She asked that I go check out the area, find out if it’s still there and report back. I need a good excuse to leave my apartment so I was quick to agree. The area is just blocks from my apartment so I took the opportunity to take a walk around Portland with my boyfriend. I think we walked about 5 miles total! It was pretty crazy and my hips hurt so bad by the time we got home. Totally worth it to shoot a roll of film!

This sign is where the UFO museum used to be. It’s now some sort of youth center that I don’t even believe is named Ace Apts. It’s a pretty neat sign though, huh?
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The buildings in this city are so good. I have to stop myself from taking a picture of every building I come across.
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Downtown! Well, kind of. Part of it! I wish we had cloudy days again.
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A dactyl in the wild.
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I don’t know if there is anything better than trees blooming. I wish they would look like that all the time!
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I absolutely love bay windows! Every detail on this building is so spot on.
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I also really love doors that aren’t common colors. Especially when the rest of the building and surrounding area is so drab.
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The train station is so photogenic. I will never forget my first visit to Portland, arriving by train at Union Station. Seeing the station always brings back those memories. I had just turned 18; my mom bought me and my ex train tickets to see the city. Ever since that trip, I longed to live in Portland. Now I do and it’s pretty awesome.
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