My first summer in Seattle: A lot of fun without the sun

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While the terms “warm” and “sunny” might fit perfectly to describe the summer season, it does not quite describe summer in Seattle. Within the three month time frame of summer in Seattle, perhaps only one week is filled with warm weather and bright sunshine.

Last year, I passed my summer in Jakarta, Indonesia. Since Indonesia is a tropical country, there are only two seasons, hot and rainy. With each season lasting six months, I definitely know what real summer feels like.

Coming here to Seattle, it was definitely a hundred percent different from what I was used to. I moved here 10 months ago without knowing that fall is as cold as ice. When winter came I had lost my interest to keep my good hygiene. To me, it was as cold as living in the freezer.

Finally, the hope of warm weather came as spring drew closer. Spring was definitely better than winter. At least I regained the interest of keeping myself in good hygiene. But still you could not get out of the house without a warm jacket.

The long-waited summer finally came with disappointing weather. I have never thought summer to be cold and chilly. Although there were days where rays of sunshine were visible to the eyes, one may not see the same occurrence the day after.

All that being said, I was able to enjoy the sunshine while it lasted. The first thing I did was go to Alki beach. Some of my friends and I went to  Alki beach to have a barbecue on the side of the beach. The view of the beach was really beautiful. The weather was a bit chilly but we managed to stay warm from the heat of our barbecue grill. Many people were walking their dogs and some were barbecuing just like us. I really liked spending time with my friends while enjoying the nice view and weather.

During summer, I also went to Marina Park in Kirkland. The view of Lake Washington from the park was beautiful. I went there with three friends, one of which has now moved back to China. We were there just to enjoy the view and spend more time with each other.

About three weeks ago, my friends and I went to the Wild Waves Theme Park in Federal Way. The general ticket price for an adult to enter the amusement park is $40 but one of my friends managed to get a discount for $30 so I was definitely in for the trip.

When I got to the amusement park, there were hundreds of people. Thousands perhaps. It was so crowded that we had to wait about 20 minutes to ride on a single ride. The weather that day was really nice. It was shockingly hot. It was unexpected that the weather turned out that way since early in the morning it was pouring rain.

Summer also came perfectly just as the big new Seattle Great Wheel opened in Seattle. I went on the Ferris wheel with my boyfriend at around 8:00 p.m. and to me, the view was spectacular.

So far, I really enjoyed my stay in Seattle from last fall up until now. I hope you guys have a great summer as I do.