China Trip Part One: Changsha

China Trip // With Love, AmandaSo it’s been several weeks since we arrived back in Seattle from our trip to China and life as seemed to get away from me but I’ve finally started to get photos from our trip pulled together to share on the blog. During our two and a half week trip we visited three different cities – each one very different from the other. Our first stop was in my husband’s hometown of Changsha. Definitely a city I’d never heard of until I met him but a hugely populated city nonetheless, I mean this is China. Changsha is a city that doesn’t get the same Westerner tourists that places like Beijing and Shanghai get so I really stuck out like a sore thumb when walking down the streets – I got a lot of awkwardly long stares from locals. The food in Changsha was very tasty but also so spicy and I am not one who does well with lots of spicy food. Along with heat in the food the heat in the air was just as hot! Mixing 85+ degree temps with 90 percent humidity meant lightweight clothes were a must! I found these super light shorts from Nordstrom Rack right before we left and I was so happy that I brought them so I didn’t feel like my clothes were sticking to me. These shorts also have a matching top available too (here).

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This past weekend my boyfriend and I decided to finally take the 35 minute ferry trip from downtown Seattle to Bainbridge Island.

This was my first time on a ferry, so the ride there was just as exciting as actually being there. From the ferry you also get a great view of the city as you leave.
Once we arrived on the island it was just a short walk from the terminal to their downtown, which is pretty small but has a quaint beach town vibe. The downtown strip has lots of little boutiques, restaurants and several little wine tasting shops.
When we got to the island we had lunch at Doc’s Marina Grill down near the water. It was absolutely delicious! We spent the rest of our time exploring the shops and walking on the waterfront.


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