Pacific Connect: Downtown Seattle, The Chihuly Garden, and the Space Needle

We have been having an amazing time in Seattle! On Friday we started our day at the Boeing Museum and got to tour the factory and learn all about airplanes and the marvelous innovation of the Pacific Northwest! From there we headed to our picnic lunch at the Ballard Locks and we got to see the salmon ladder and learn about salmon and their instinct and life cycle.

 

We then headed to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Museum and learned about the amazing work of the organization and took time to think what we will do to help the world and what inspires us. It was a great way to lead us into our first Shabbat together.
We had our Shabbat dinner at the University of Washington where we sang songs and had great conversation and enjoyed a delicious meal together. On Saturday we started our day at a leisurely hour and did a yoga class together led by our counselor, Mallory. After yoga we had lunch and then walked to Lake Washington and took out row boats and enjoyed some amazing views on the water.
We headed back to the university for dinner and to have discussions about this week’s Torah parsha and how we choose to express our Jewish identity. Sunday was one of our busiest days! We started the morning off at Green Lake where we volunteered to help clean the earth by picking up litter in the park. From there we took the Seattle monorail to have lunch and then took the monorail back towards downtown Seattle.
We walked through the downtown area to see the gum wall and then went to the Underground Tour of Seattle. We learned about how Seattle is formed and got to go into the underground area for a glimpse of what the old Seattle was like. After that we headed to the EMP museum and learned about different facets of music and performance and about famous artists from the Pacific Northwest like Nirvana and Jimi Hendrix.
The day continued with another museum, The Chihuly Garden and Glass Exhibit. It’s an amazing museum with incredible glass sculptures and gardens. We ended our day by going up to the top of the Space Needle and admiring the view from the top.
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