As you’ve probably read from my previous posts Justin’s mom Gigi was in town visiting us this past week. We love having Gigi come to visit because we always have a good time whether it be relaxing at the house and BBQing, or out and about doing the tourist thing. We decided to take Gigi to the Seattle Center to see the Space Needle and there was a Japanese festival going on that same weekend. For those of you who don’t know Gigi is half Japanese so we thought this would be fun. Well the festival wasn’t exactly what we were expecting (in the food court with booths set up with class projects) but there were some amazing Taiko performers on the stage that captivated us for a good 25 minutes. Taiko means drum in Japanese, and watching them all synchronized hitting these massive drums was quite a sight!
Then we went to the Experience Music Project and Science Fiction Museum which are both in this incredibly modern, sculptural building. The space needle was reflecting on one side of the building and I thought it was really neat:) It was like a futuristic space needle!
Outside the Oceana Hotel in Santa Barbara, CA
There is nothing more bizarre than visiting a place that you called home for three years as a tourist. I called Santa Barbara home from 2003-2006 when I was attending Brooks Institute of Photography, and crazily enough have not been back to visit since I graduated in May of 2006…well that is until last weekend:) I was in LA visiting my sister Mallory and we decided to make a day trip up to SB since it is only an hour north on the 101. The entire day was incredibly surreal. I remember when I was attending school there watching the tourists on State St. thinking, “Gosh I would love to be on vacation like those tourists, no homework, no work, just relaxing,” well I finally got to do that! Mal and I started the morning off with breakfast at Sambo’s accompanied by two very large mimosas:)
Then I got behind the steering wheel and drove around to the spots that I wanted to visit and reminisce about my life in SB. First was the Mission, my very first photo assignment with the 4×5 camera in 101 was at the Mission. I spent many an afternoon relaxing on the lawn in front of the Mission smelling the incredible rose garden near by.
Those roses were ginormous!!