Sunday, August 23, 2009

UW campus tour

view of Johnson Hall from the rose garden

Two weekends ago, I was visiting Seattle and spent a good part of my Saturday walking around the University of Washington campus. After seeing blooms at the streets of Downtown Seattle, I wanted to see more flowers so Che brought me to UW campus. Che was Franzia's (my cousin) college roommate and been living in Seattle for the past 5 years. She didn't grant me bragging rights but I'm telling you anyway (heee-hee)---she is a Fulbright scholar who had just finished her Ph.D. at the University of Washington. Another Filipina scientist we can be proud of.:P


There were no classes on Saturday so we had the campus to ourselves. It was a bit chilly and cloudy but according to my "guide", it's the usual Seattle weather---perfect weather for walking. So we walked and talked and laughed and took a wrong turn a few times.

UW campus is simply impressive. It was opened in 1861, one of the oldest public universities on the west coast and the largest university in the northwest at 643 acres of park-like grounds with a mix of modern and neo-Gothic buildings.


approaching Drumheller Fountain

We lingered at the Frosh Pond/Drumheller Fountain and watched the ducklings, smelled the roses and rested our feet before walking again towards Lake Washington.

It was a breeze walking in the lush surroundings, amidst old buildings, deserted streets and empty benches. I was in Wonderland! I marveled at the young brilliant minds nurtured here---what an excellent environment.

Suzallo Library, built in 1926, across the Red Square
No, he's not my boyfriend and I was not whisked away in this stretch limo. This guy grabbed me while I was about to pose near George Washington's bronze statue. I believe he was part of a wedding entourage, or perhaps a groom-to-be having his last hurray.:P

Will post more photos from UW soon.

Posted for Weekend Snapshot and Our Weekend Memoirs


21 comments:

YTSL said...

I'd be happy to have Seattle weather currently. It's so hot right now in Hong Kong!

Lovely campus. Another UW with a nice campus -- the University of Wisconsin at Madison... :)

witsandnuts said...

Ang ganda! I particularly liked the third photo. Parang naalala ko nung nag visit ako sa Siliman University sa Dumaguete.

Bengbeng said...

Seattle looks lovely. Nice campus n weather over there too

Sidney said...

Wow Seattle... so you got married there... :-)

Bonnie Bonsai said...

Having his last hurray huh? Sige lang, sexy naman ang model eh.

Basta enjoy ka lang ba. haha...

Bitaw, very nice post. I enjoy all the photos and the mini story. Tell your Che, Congratulations!

Take care.

Hazel said...

The campus looks very conducive to studying. I love the fourth pic very much!

Arlene said...

Hi Luna, so you're still in Seattle now? Or just in the states? Are you leaving Pinas for good? Kaya pala i haven't seen you around the blogosphere lately (or ako lang kaya ang di naka bisita sa blog mo) hehehe.

Coincidentally, the person i featured in OWM is from Seattle and we send him off this morning and he will fly back to Seattle on Thursday afternoon. He passed by Cebu muna to see his parents.

Have a great time in the US of A!

Juliana RW said...

wow...lovely campus.

luna miranda said...

hi, Arlene! i'm back in Manila, it was a short business trip that brought me to Seattle then Florida and Atlanta. Oh, he's from Seattle pala...i'm sure sobra syang nainitan dito sa atin.:P

thanks for checking out my first OWM.

Meikah said...

Beautiful weekend snapshot! ;) Have a great week ahead!

Willa said...

all along I thought you will be attending UW this Fall. :) Nice set of photos!

Janie said...

My son is in grad school at UW. It is, indeed, a beautiful campus. Thanks for the tour!

Ritsumei said...

Those are some beautiful photos!

My snapshot is up too.

Ebie said...

Hi Luna, I have not visited Seattle yet. The campus buildings have great architecture! Beautiful photos and love to ride that limo. Oh, congratulations to Che, very smart. My classmate was also a FB scholar.

Anonymous said...

Hi Luna i loved the campus very picturesque and too greenery hardly i see in metro cities and this greenery will prone of better learning. thanks...for the picture and nice picture u look embrassed......nice t shirt too

the donG said...

it's really great that you've featured another person whom we can really be proud of. pinoys seem to excel so much outside the country.

Kero said...

Thank you for taking us inside the campus Luna. You wil stay in US for good?

Hope you can visit my entry here http://kcelebration.blogspot.com/2009/08/owm-chocovilla.html

luna miranda said...

hi, dong! i'm sure there are a lot of Pinoys who excel here, if we only pay attention. my friend excelled in her field even when she was here. gifted child talaga e.:P

good thing is, she's coming home in a few months after she finished her dissertation.

AL said...

BTW, the photo on my Skywatch was taken in Balaio, a town right after Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte, the place where Blue Lagoon is located.

AL

bertN said...

Did you get a chance to go to Pike's Fish Market and watch the flying fish gimmick at that touristy place?

luna miranda said...

hi, bertN! yes, we walked to the Pike Market and watched the macho guys throw fish at each other.:P