ALA Midwinter 2019

Being a tourist at #alamw19

This is your reminder to actually visit the city you are conferencing in, like here in Seattle for #alamw19! Sometimes attending a conference can be like going to the airport in a new state… are you even really there if you don’t leave and go out and see the city? We can get really bogged down by all the good work, networking, and cool events; that we forget to enjoy the city we are visiting. Tonight, my good friend and I dared to brave the 10-minute walk (ha!) to have some local food– including the amazing S’More sundae featured below from Shug’s! I always try to maximize my conferences– and use them as opportunities to explore cities that I may not otherwise see. So far this trip, I got to reconnect with a friend from college whom I haven’t seen in 8 years! It’s a good time to blast on social media that…

ALA Midwinter 2019

Seattle Flavor – #alamw19 in the Emerald City

The Gum Wall recently came up in a discussion about Midwinter and got me thinking about Seattle “must-do’s”.  Before moving to the Olympic Peninsula, I lived in Seattle for over a decade where I worked at a tourist destination and spent a big part of my work day helping people from around the world navigate the city.   If you need a break from the fluorescent glow of the Exhibits Hall and the low light of the conference meeting rooms, here are a few ideas. Visit the Space Needle.  Or at the very least, photo bomb the Needle take a picture of yourself with Needle in the background.  Voilá! Ready for the holiday card.  Be sure to take the Monorail to the Space Needle so you feel like a Jetson. Eat lunch at Pike Place Market.  The Market is alive with people and color, from the iconic fish throwing to the…