Have you ever been a tourist in your own city? Visiting guests provide the perfect opportunity for you to remember all the things that make your city cool. Honestly, I love being a tourist because I enjoy the unique gems and world-famous treasures that make Seattle, well … Seattle! So, when my aunt and cousins decide to ring in the new year with me, I was all in for the adventure.
A few things to know. My visitors included those with mobility challenges and teenagers. Quite the mix. But Seattle is the kind of place where none of that matters and fun can be had by all because we actually have decent accessibility planning in our public spaces. So, we loaded up my small SUV and traipsed across the city to see the sights. Space Needle. Check. Fremont Troll. Check. Pike Place Market. Check. Ferry ride to Bainbridge Island (and Mora’s Ice Creamery). Check. Outlet Mall. Check. Microsoft campus. Check. Soup dumplings. Check. Korean BBQ. Check. We barely scratched the surface but I think my guests were pleased with their holiday.
The time with family was a great reminder to slow down and lean into patience. It reminded me that seeing things for the first time is a wonderful experience that we should embrace more often in life. Ringing in the new year with my aunt and cousins cooking together, playing games, and exploring Seattle was a treasure. I’m still recovering from all the hustle and bustle, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.