Part 2! Here we have 5 more coffee shops located in Seattle.
Cascade Coffee WorksLocation: South Lake Union. This place is really cute and aesthetically pleasing, but I honestly didn’t like this one. This coffee shop is probably the only one I didn’t like in Seattle, but maybe it was just because the drink I got wasn’t good. I got a cassava latte, since I’d never had that before. I’m not sure if this is related, but it gave me headache and I had bad headaches for the following few days/weeks :(
Herkimer CoffeeThis place has a few outlets around Seattle, but I went to the one in South Lake Union. The coffee shop is fairly small and has two floors. I got a drip coffee here, and I thought it was pretty good! I was considering buying some of their beans, but I ended up deciding against it since I don’t actually own a coffee bean grinder or a V60 or anything.
Fremont CoffeeLocation: Fremont. This place also has really cute latte art – I got a cat! I was studying here for a bit, and I think it’s a pretty nice place to hang out. The layout might be a bit weird since it was converted from an old house, but I don’t think it’s too off-putting. I did notice that the people before me didn’t get special latte art (just the standard rosettas), but maybe the barista could sense I was here for the latte art :P I’m super happy I got a cute drink though!
Overall, I’d say my favorite coffee drink in the Seattle area was the lavender mocha from Zoka Coffee Roasters (from Part 1 of this post!). I would definitely recommend going to Moore Coffee Shop for the waffles, and Moore and Fremont Coffee for the latte art. Kakao is also great for mochas, and I really enjoyed going to Cafe An’Clair for their bulgogi sandwich and the orchid breve. Herkimer also has great drip coffee. One place I wanted to check out, but didn’t have the chance to, was Slate Coffee Roasters. I’ll just have to wait till next time!
One of the most exciting aspects of college life is the freedom that students enjoy when living on their own. When most students think about college life, one of the first things that comes to mind is Greek life, with the many sororities and fraternities on campuses across the country. While Caltech does not have Greek life, per se, we do have a unique housing system, similar to that of Hogwarts. There are eight houses and one residence on campus: Avery, Blacker, Dabney, Fleming, Lloyd, Page, Ricketts, Ruddock, and the Bechtel Residence. Each of the houses has its own unique culture, character, and traditions. I am a member of Ruddock House!
This past year was so different than most of us could have ever imagined. Living in “the virtual school year” posed a plethora of challenges, but at the same time, it opened the door to new possibilities. As a society, we learned how to better operate in a virtual world, and as individuals, we had time for new endeavors. For myself, this meant taking the leap of faith to move away from home and live with some fellow Techers. While I had already had the experience of moving away from home and coming to live in the Caltech houses, this was quite different. Instead of living in organized student residences with hundreds of other students, a meal plan, and tons of support resources, I was about to go live with just 5 other people (some of which I did not know super well) and we had to find and manage our own housing, food, and necessities.
My favorite part about Caltech is the Houses! The easiest way to describe them is as Hogwarts houses: each has their own personality and group of people and the first thing you do at Caltech is go through a “sorting” process. The people are what makes the Houses at Caltech so great. As a frosh, it’s amazing to be able to come in and immediately have a group of 100+ people to support you. Because the Houses have students from every grade, you make friends with upperclassmen and can ask for help on tons of things like: