4 Seattle Date Ideas You Have Never Thought Of Before Now

4 Seattle Date Ideas You Have Never Thought Of Before Now

I honestly didn't think of these things either, until my guy showed them to me.

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I grew up in Central Washington. I loved it, but there's not much there besides movie theaters, ice rinks, and restaurants. Whenever I would go to Seattle, it was a treat, but we always did the super-touristy activities — the Space Needle, the Aquarium, Pike's Place, etc. This past weekend I was visiting my guy, and let me tell you, he exceeded my expectations in taking me on some of the coolest adventures.

1. Improv comedy show

I have never been to an improv comedy show. Something inside me was telling me all along that improv wouldn't make me laugh. Let me tell you, BEST $15 I've ever spent. I was laughing every two minutes for an hour and a half. The one we went to was located at Pike's Place called Unexpected Productions. Nothing but good people and good belly laughs.

2. An unknown hole-in-the-wall restaurant

@tharle_food_adda on Instagram: “ಬಿಸಿ ಬಿಸಿ ಕಾಫಿ ಮತ್ತು ಚಹಾ ❤️ Place : Ramprasad Hotel. Follow our food journey on : @zomatoin : http://zoma.to/u/50108164 . @facebook :…”

We went to Sherpa House, a Nepalese-inspired cuisine. Check out their menu, and go! I highly recommend their hot chai. No, it is nothing liked Starbucks or any chai you think you've had before. This is the real deal. Then we had a little of everything from the menu - no regrets. Really, pick any restaurant that looks good and you want to try.

3. Pottery painting in University District

I'm not creative, nor have I have been good at drawing. We were surrounded by kids half our age. Nonetheless, it was so fun and very well-priced for a day date! I painted a flower vase, and my guy painted a spoon rest. The place we went to was called Paint the Town, but I'm sure there are a lot of places like this in the area.

4. Thrift store shopping

I can't remember the exact name of the thrift store we went to, but that's beside the point. There are a lot more thrift stores than Goodwill in Seattle, and they are more fun to shop in than regular stores.

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I'm Still Friends With My High School Besties As A Senior In College, And I'm So Thankful For That

New friends are silver but the old ones are gold.

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As you near the end of high school, it seems like everyone is telling you, "enjoy spending time with your friends now, because once you start college you'll drift apart." At the time, no one wants to believe it, but I will say there definitely is some truth in that. There were 800 people in my high school graduating class, but there's only a handful of those people who I've actually hung out with since our graduation parties. However, it's certainly not true about all friends. I'm now a senior in college, and I'm still friends with my high school best friends.

While things have definitely been different since we've been in college, our friendship hasn't changed. In high school we bonded over the French classes that we took together and our love for dance. Although we don't see each other every day in class anymore or after school at dance practice, that's only made me more appreciative of the time that we do get to spend all together. I always look forward to that time, whether it's spent going on adventures, laughing together at a coffee shop or even just sitting at home and watching a movie.

I've made a lot of amazing friends in college, but there's still something comforting about having friends who knew you as an awkward 14-year-old who you can turn to and reminisce about the past with. We may not talk to each other every day and we often go months without all three of us being together, but when we are together again we pick up right where we left off. No matter how far apart we are physically, I know they'll be there for me in an instant, whenever I need them (even if FaceTime is the best we can do).

I know I'm not the only person to stay friends with their high school best friends, but I also know that many people don't. So I'm so thankful that this friendship has continued on past our four years of high school. As we get ready to head into the next chapter of our lives in a few months, a lot is going to change all over again. I don't know if we'll ever live out our high school dream of living together in the city or even when the next time we'll all be living in the same state will be, but our friendship has made it this far and I know it won't end here.

Caitlin and Andrea, thanks for sticking by my side for the past four years. Here's to all the memories we have yet to make together.

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There's Nothing Wrong With Meeting The Love Of Your Life On A Dating Site

In such a tech-savvy world, why are we so afraid to admit that we found love online?

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Growing up watching rom-coms like "When Harry Met Sally" and "Notting Hill," I've always been a bit of a romantic. I can't count the number of times I've constructed in my mind a completely unrealistic meet-cute where I would find the love of my life. I mean, who doesn't want their own fairy tale romance?

But in this age of social media and dating apps, the chances of accidentally bumping into your soulmate is slim to none. Dating apps like Bumble and Tinder are becoming ever so popular, with more and more individuals meeting their significant other online. So why is it that in such a tech-savvy society, people are still afraid to admit that they found love online?

I blame romantic comedies. Even though many romantic comedies are focused on being "realistic," the chances of me meeting the LOML at a carnival when he decides to climb up the Ferris wheel to talk to me (*cough* "The Notebook" *cough*) are highly unlikely. We've become so fixated on the idea of this perfect relationship that it becomes almost inferior to meet someone through a dating app.

But it's time the stigma ended. Who cares where you met your significant other? Sure, maybe you originally swiped right on Tinder with the sole intention of hooking up, but life happens.

It shouldn't matter that you didn't meet in some crazy, over-the-top fashion.

And sure, there's nothing wrong in hoping for a romantic comedy worthy meet-cute, but you shouldn't let modern cinema dictate your relationship. There's no shame in saying that you met your boyfriend or girlfriend on a dating app. I mean, what are these apps meant for? Meeting online doesn't in any way take away from the legitimacy of one's relationship. So instead of focusing on these so-called perfect moments, let's focus on building perfect relationships because life isn't always a movie.

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