I wrapped up the conference by seeing the Seattle sights, and I’m so glad that I had the chance to do so. So often, I have to fly back home before I can see much more than the conference center, but this time it worked out great. And really, having done this, I might make a real point of exploring every time, as I think that I sometimes forget to experience the amazing cities that we visit. This year, I was lucky to run into a dear friend from Chicago (I love it when you run into librarian friends at conference!), and we explored the city together. Of course, we saw the Space Needle, and it was incredible! The weather was fantastic, and we had so much fun looking at the city and trying to identify landmarks.
We also had a chance to visit the Chihuly Gardens, located right near the base of the Space Needle. If you ever have a chance to visit the city, I really can’t recommend the gardens highly enough. The gardens are full of glass sculptures made by the phenomenally talented multi-media artist, Dale Chihuly. Honestly, it’s hard to convey how truly other-worldly, ethereal, and transformative these works of art are. I don’t think that I will ever forget them!
To top off the day, we had dinner and talked until way too late (because good grief, my plane was scheduled for 6 am the next day!). What a glorious way to wrap up the conference. This Midwinter was a conference to remember. I learned so much, met so many people, and saw so many things…I really couldn’t have asked for more!