Thursday, July 23, 2015

A midsummer trip to Seattle

Recently we made a quick visit to see our Tamil family in Seattle over the 4th of July American long weekend. Now we have THREE sets of cousins who have settled in the Seattle area, so it is a great reason to go down and visit since it is only a short drive from Vancouver.

Luckily, now that husband-ji has his Canadian passport - which is basically the equivalent to an American Express black card in travel - we were finally able to pass through the border without any problems, interrogations or waits. Clearly, Canadians are less threatening than Indians to the American border patrol! Husband-ji was so relieved to cross the border stress-free. It really is a wonder what a certain nationality can do!

It has been a long time since we had a chance to celebrate an American holiday in the USA. We used to celebrate so many of them as we went to college down there. I totally forgot about the vigour that Americans celebrate their holidays. Just a few days prior, we celebrated Canada Day in Canada, and it was subtle. But Americans really go all out with their celebrations! For the 4th of July holiday, every store will have some stars and stripes theme. In Seattle, it is also one of the few times where you can light fireworks legally. Literally, it was like Diwali on the 4th of July night!!! As we drove back from a late dinner, the entire sky was lit with fireworks. Americans are so similar to Indians this way - in terms of their national pride; and their larger than life celebrations. In Canada, it is much more discreet and subtle. More boring, actually!

We also got a chance to swim in Lake Sammamish which was just beautiful. Lake Sammamish was so clean, refreshing and kid-friendly. There was a small flock of ducks that swam along with us, and Maya loved to chase them!

We also went bowling as a family, and Maya just loved it. Her bowling ball was definitely the slowest and it took about 5 minutes to make it to the end of the alley!

We also tried a lot of fantastic restaurants which we loved - although I would have liked to try more non-Indian food. We tried Aahaar, Chaat House, Inchin's Bamboo Garden, Kanishka, and Pagliacci Pizza. My restaurant recommendation list for Seattle is growing!

The main reason we wanted to go down to Seattle was to see her favorite cousin who is 18 months older than her. They play so well and have a similar outgoing personality so it was really fun for them. They were so happy to be together and caused lots of mischief together! They are also very caring and protective toward each other. 

And of course, we just HAD to dress them in matching outfits!!!



  1. Alex,

    These pictures of Maya and her cousin are so cute! Gosh they really are growing fast. Love their tie dye shirts, reminds me of my summers with my cousin. Glad you both were able to go visit your Tamil family this is wonderful, looks like all of you had a great time. Also glad that Husband-ji enjoyed his time with family and it was easy to go across border now. Celebrating with family and with your spouse is so much fun. Thanks for sharing all these stories with us.


    1. Thanks Melissa! It was wonderful :)
      Have a nice to you and your family!

  2. Near age cousins form life long friendship :)

    1. So true! I am so glad she has that, I love to see them together!

  3. Sounds like a great holiday ! You really look great on the first picture. Hope your health problems are behind you. (Padparadscha)

    1. They are... I think it is noticeable too :))))
      Thank you hun

  4. You look gorgeous in your long dress. It suits you so well. Love the first pic a lot. :-)

    1. Thanks Ayesha :)
      I loved dressing them in matching outfits!


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