I'd been wanting to visit Vancouver…

… ever since I dreamed up my ideal Pacific Northwest road trip.

As you already know, the road trip never actually happened (as I'm terrified of driving anywhere other than Manila) and instead I broke the trip up into several installments. Since I ticked Portland off in 2015, this year's mission was to get to Seattle and to (finally) use the Canadian visa I still hadn't used.

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My List, August 2018

It's been two months since I last wrote one of these lists, and I feel it. My blogging brain feels like it's waking up to a very long bout of pins and needles. It doesn't help that it's storm season—this kind of weather just makes you want to curl up and stay under the covers (and out of the wind and rain and floods) forever.

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I booked a room at Ace Seattle…

I always do exhaustive Googling whenever I book a hotel, because I'm usually traveling on a very carefully strung together budget. When I visit Portland three years ago, I wanted to book a stay at the local Ace, but I was on a super tight budget and needed to relegate myself to a superhosted Airbnb instead. The cheapest rooms at Ace typically don't have en suite bathrooms, and I didn't want to risk sharing a shower with strangers.

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I never planned on going to Switzerland…

… but I had planned to go to Berlin with my friend, Yanina, who's from Geneva.

Et voila, I was able to finagle yet another city into my big adventure! I didn't have too much time in Geneva, just a quick overnight trip before we flew out to Germany, and two nights again when we returned. It was quick and over before I knew it, but nonetheless, I was able to see why it was my mom and my cousin's favorite European city.

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I learned *a lot* in Amsterdam…

… and it wasn't just by way of all the museums I visited (although I'm adding yet another one to the list in this post). Everything I learned about the city came from a bit of YouTube research (thank you, Lily Pebbles), my own exploration of the canals, and by sheer luck, making friends with someone who's been living in the city for a couple of years.

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I caught the Dior and Balenciaga exhibitions…

… while I was in Paris and in London upon my friend Queenie and my cousin Tina's recommendation. They were both the first items on my agenda for both cities and made for a beautiful (literally) way to kick off my travels.

I'm by no means a fashion-phile but I do appreciate a good museum (or two… or three…). I'm always on the lookout for design-related exhibitions and it just so happened that there were two ongoing shows during my trip. 

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I walked through the French Revolution…

… by taking a walking tour by Localers.

I first came across this run-by-locals tour company on my first trip to Paris. I wanted an insider's walkthrough at the Louvre and was able to book a private tour with these folks. I really valued the experience because of the skip the line access and art expert info that I probably would have glossed over if I had just gotten the audio guide at the museum (I still remember really specific details about my tour!). 

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