19 May 2007 @ 06:48 pm
Yesterday I had the immense pleasure of going to Portland Oregon's Powell's Books for the first time. I've heard so much about it over the years but I'd yet to go for myself. A friend and I decided to rectify the situation so we specifically planned a drive down to Portland to go there. I knew it was going to be big but I don't think I could really imagine quite what that meant. It's a whole city block, 5 stories (I believe) with 8 color coded rooms (which helps a lot with the navigation) and just might be the biggest independent new and used bookstore in the world. In other words, it's pretty much paradise.

I bought 8 of books while I was there! )

My only gripe is that they don't have a bookstore like this in Seattle.

I can't wait to go again!
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15 September 2006 @ 09:25 pm
I just got back from Vancouver, BC and felt like writing some thoughts about my trip. Feel free to share your thoughts on Canada!

- I love living in a city that, in good driving conditions, is only 3 hrs away from Canada. You can take a fairly inexpensive trip up there for a week and it's far enough/interesting enough that it feels like a real vacation or you can, as I often do, just go up there for a day.

- The drive to Vancouver is still boring and I hate waiting at the border (more when coming back into the US). All of this is made infinitely better by music playlists.

- The most beautiful part of the drive is on the outskirts of Bellingham where there are hills and hills of beautiful trees and a really gorgeous lake of which it's name I don't know. It would be awesome to own a house there. The rest of the drive is through the boonies, consisting of lots of yellowed grass and farm animals. Like I said, music is my savior.

- There are many interesting place names to and from Vancouver such as Stillaguamish and Chuckanut Drive. WA has many other funny/great city names, mostly courtesy of Native American languages, such as: Skookumchuck, Humptulips, Walla Walla, Forks, Mock City, Puyallup, Sequim*

* almost no one whose not from WA can pronounce this city's name. Try.

More Musings Behind The Cut )

Some icons dedicated to Vancouver:

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