Seattle Places To Go
Two weeks ago I had an amazing opportunity to attend the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) Annual meeting in Seattle, Washington along with fellow students from the University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy’s APhA-ASP (Academy of Student Pharmacists) chapter. This was my second time on the west coast, and surprisingly, it was just as sunny as Los Angeles had been. The rainy city must have known we were coming because it only seemed to rain during sessions- never while we were outside walking around.
Since this was our first time in Seattle we wanted to explore the city and eat local food. Below are my favorite places I went to!
The Space Needle is a great activity that allows you to see the whole city. We chose to go around sunset to get some great Instagram worthy pictures out of our trip. However, I do caution that if you are scared of heights like myself you go with friends who will literally hold your hand to keep you from experiencing a full blown panic attack. What really helped me was reminding myself of how structurally sound the needle is and that my friends weren’t free falling off the ledge so I was safe. NOW something you need to know- the lower level has a glass floor which is very anxiety inducing (pictured below). My friends did manage to console me enough to take a picture sitting on the glass floor but I admit, as a fully grown 23 year old, I closed my eyes and felt for the carpeted, non-glass flooring to open my eyes again and stand up. Plus you get a professional picture taken in front of their backdrop with the space needle in it (great quality- in the pictures below)!
Biscuit Bitch (pardon my French, but this is truly the name of the restaurant). They serve some biscuits with gravy, some as sandwiches, and some with sweets. Truly, they have it all. Due to my sweet tooth I went with the “Nutty Bitch” (again, sorry for the language but it’s the name of my order) which was a biscuit, Nutella, a banana and whipped cream. My first gluten-free biscuit did not disappoint and I will be back to try more. Shout to fellow students Abby Tackas and Aiya Almogaber who told me about this place!
Pike Place Market is probably what you typically think of when you think of Seattle. It was full of various vendors selling seafood, homemade jams/jelly/honey products, pottery, fresh flowers, artwork and much more. It was an awesome market to walk through. Thankfully my limited bank account prevented me from buying everything. If you’re lucky enough to hang around the market you’ll see the famous fish toss- it’s incredible to see these people throwing very large fish approximately 10 feet apart and never drop it.
Shug’s Soda Fountain looked beautiful, and tasted even better. For an ice cream fix I recommend going here. I got the classic chocolate flavor which put me in a sugar coma. In addition to ice cream, milkshakes and sundaes they offer ice cream cocktails!
Let me know if you’ve been to any of these places and your experiences. Stay tuned to hear about my experience at conference attendance and the benefit of attending conferences as a student.
Additionally, any jet lag tips and tricks would be greatly appreciated as a post to reduce jet lag is coming to a screen near you soon!