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Bend in the Road

the bend in the road dexter way adventure

Every weekday starts off with this adventure. On the way to work, Aarwen and Lazywiz drive across the crowded Aurora bridge and follow the narrow road as it curves and heads into the unknown. Whether they were quietly contemplating about the day ahead or discussing the meetings that need attending, deciding what to have for lunch, how many cups of coffee to consume or are irate about the chores that remain pending, they pause as the car slows down. On one side is…

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Colors of Pike Place Market

colors of pike place market

What hits me first are the sounds of Pike Place Market. A constant hum of chatter of hawkers and gawkers. This is followed by the riot of colors that the eyes register even though the old worn out buildings have a muffled air and dispersed light somehow managing to find a way in. Flowers, fish, leather, paintings, scarves, vegetables in their vibrant raw beauty. Then comes the smells of fish (wrinkling nose here), coffee (freshly brewed in styrofoam cups), roses (and…

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Across the Puget Sound : On the Ferry to Bainbridge Island

Across the Puget Sound : On a ferry to Bainbridge Island

There are several lakes around and in Seattle. Rain, that has become a hallmark of this place. And even more water from the Pacific Ocean. The Pacific Ocean seeps into the lands of Northwestern America through deep inlets making Seattle a busy port. These waterways were formed by the glaciers receding from the lands thousands of years ago leaving behind valleys where the ocean could flood in. In geography, a sound is a large sea or ocean inlet larger than…

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The town of Leavenworth : Summertime Frolic

The town of Leavenworth Summertime Frolic

  My account of the drive to Leavenworth We have been to Leavenworth a few times before. I think of it as a quaint old sleepy town covered with snow, intriguing curio shops and inviting pubs and restaurants. So, I warned everyone with me to bundle up in jackets and sweaters and expect to feel cold. What I hadn’t planned for was the sunny day, bright flowers and happy tourists everywhere. Leavenworth is a few hours drive from Seattle. This tourist attraction is…

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Road Trip to Leavenworth : suspended in time

road trip to leavenworth : wenatchee river

My natural response to a car drive is to slouch against the seat, close my eyes and fall asleep or pretend am asleep and wish the ride goes on. Goes without saying am not the most interesting travel companion around. With car travel an inertia grows on me. And I enjoy it as long as we don’t continuously stop, but keep going on. It helps if there is good music playing or good conversation flowing, that I only need to hear and not…

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celebrating music and life

Yesterday I chanced upon a sign that said Northwest Folklife Festival 2015. While America remembers  its war heroes, and there is a mad rush to get out of town for the three day long weekend,  right below the famous Seattle Space Needle, is a celebration of folk music, ethnic culture and its influence on contemporary arts and lifestyle . I have not been to the festival since the last 2 years, but the color, music and the bustling of life that I had witnessed…

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Get lost in its beauty

seattle downtown at night

Exactly three years ago I came to Seattle for the first time. What brought me here was the work, but what made me stay was its enthralling beauty. Till today whenever a cab driver asks me if I like the city I have a stadard response. With exuberance (which does not diminish in the slightest, however tiring my day might have been), I say.. “I love it. It is a very pretty city“. When Indi di started writing about Singapore…

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