Saturday, March 18th
Did I mention how much I loved staying at the hostel? I didn’t know what a hostel even was before I went on a trip. It was so cool to be sharing a communal kitchen and other facilities with random strangers, especially during breakfast. I spoke with a man who was frying eggs next to me—I think you’ll probably find me choosing hostels over hotels in the near future! I went to my first coffee shop, Seattle Coffee Works, and bought a few bags as souvenirs for my always-caffeinated brother. Truth be told, I am a little obsessed with trying out new coffee shops. I was so excited to hear that we would be staying a day in Seattle (this means coffee galore!).
Anyway, we all met up again and went on the Underground Tour of Seattle. Our tour guide was such a great story teller. I didn’t know how the current city of Seattle originated a floor below its actual “ground.” Underneath all the buildings are actually just support to help lift up the city. Their major issue in the city was plumbing, and our guide told it in such a funny way. What an interesting city. I definitely see myself settling here for a year or so before missing the sun too much.
After a few more excursions in Pikes Place, it was time to head back to the airport. Throughout the entire day I just didn’t want my time with the group to end. Time went by slower without access to our phones, and it felt great. Once we got back to the city where service was available, life immediately accelerated. I felt melancholic at the airport and kept reminiscing even when we haven’t even left yet.
All my emotions about this trip is quite difficult to transcribe—you have to experience it yourself. The best part about the trip, besides the satisfying feeling of helping the community at Orcas, were the friendships made. As a junior, I admit that ASB Orcas Island is my best spring break yet.
So, what do you get when you place 18 complete strangers on an excursion out to nature with no access to the internet? Endless Uno games. Mafia. Too many inside jokes. Friendships. Memories.