There is no shortage of au pair love for our state of Washington, located in the top western corner of the USA. Besides being the home of Starbucks, an obvious au pair favorite, there are lots of reasons our au pairs love living in Washington.
Images (clockwise from top left) all submitted by French au pair Elisabeth Hurel (@allofmytrains): Hanging out on Second Beach; the very first Starbucks, located in Seattle; Watmough Bay; Multnomah Falls; Seattle skyline; hiking Rattlesnake Ledge; Seattle sunset; Pike Place Market.
REASONS AU PAIRS LOVE WASHINGTON (WA):
Colombian au pair Angelica Pena and her friends atop Rattlesnake Ledge in Washington state.
Most beautiful sites to see in WA:
Mount Rainier; sunset at Gas Works Park; the view from Rattlesnake Lake Mountain; fireworks on 4th of July at Gas Works Park; Snoqualmie Falls (in winter when it is starting to freeze); Alki Beach on early evenings to see the colors of Seattle’s skyline
Best places to get coffee or a meal in WA:
Starbucks of course :); Ivar’s Fish Bar for a meal; Storyville for a coffee; Cactus Restaurant; Red Robin for a burger; Serendipity Cafe and Lounge for a meal;Molly Moon’s for the best home made ice cream; Cheescake factory; breakfast at Sunflour Cafe and Bakery; Menchie’s for frozen yogurt
Great events in WA you won’t want to miss:
Concert at the Gorge Amphitheatre; The Polar Bear Plunge on the 1st of January; Life in Color; the Fremont Parade; the Blue Angels Air Show on Washington Lake; the Seafair weekend in Seattle;Super Bowl Finals; Sounders FC games; the Tulip Festival around Mount Vernon
Ideas for fun classes in WA:
Drawing class at the Gage Academy of Art and circus classes at School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts (SANCA); Speaking communication, and pronunciation class at Lake Washington Institute; Understanding Informal English, Broadcasting, Acting for Beginners, Scene Study, Photography, French and TOEFL Preparation Class at Bellevue College; ESL at Edmonds Community College; ESL, Expressive Watercolors, Dance, Ceramics, Chinese, “Finding Yourself” and, my favorite, “American Sign Language” at Seattle Community Colleges
Perfect way to spend a day in WA:
A good coffee in the morning at Storyville or Starbucks, some shopping in the morning, a nice hike in the mountains in the afternoon and a great and chill night with all the neighbors by the firepit.
—Elisabeth Hurel, au pair from France
I would start the perfect day off with a delicious breakfast with lots of pancakes at a hip restaurant in Capitol Hill with my friends. Then we would take our car and drive east into the state of Washington. The weather would be gorgeous so we would stop and enjoy Mount Rainier and then continue driving and being awed by the surroundings changing into a more desert-like environment. We would arrive at the Gorge Amphitheater to watch our favorite band play at the most gorgeous outdoor venue. We would dance and sing into the early hours wishing that the day would never end. At last we would fall asleep on the camping grounds under the starry sky.
— Victoria Hovergren, au pair from Sweden
Visit Seattle and walk in Pike Place Market with a hot coffee in my hands and afterwards taking the car to Mercer Island where I will enjoy the evening including the sunset at a park with a picnic and friends!
—Ann-Kathrin Kinkel from Germany
Get a coffee at one of the probably 400 Starbuck Stores downtown, stroll around Pike Place Market, get some awesome Mini Doughnuts and hang out at Alki Beach in the afternoon.
—Nicole Abt, au pair from Switzerland
Here are some quotes about why WA is great:
“I also really enjoyed getting to know the people living in Washington—all of them very fun, laid-back people, that are always happy to help. I remember one time that I was pretty upset whilst riding on one of the ferries—realizing my time there would end soon—and one woman randomly came up to me, gave me a hug and said everything was going to be okay. Or another time, when I was getting on the bus and the driver thanked me for bringing my smile. Or how, when I was very new to the area, I had to stop to look at a map, and about ten cars stopped next to mine and the drivers helped me find my way. Things like these still bring a smile to my face, and I’m sure they made me be a much more open person. Washington’s people are just generally happy—and that helps a lot at making you feel at home right away.”
— Annika Sailer, au pair from Germany
Living in Washington made me realize that I am an outdoorsy person and have the most joy in activities you do outside. Like going for a hike in the lush green forests or going kayaking at the San Juan Islands (if you’re lucky enough you might see some dolphins!).
—Victoria Hovergren, au pair from Sweden
After reading what these au pairs have to say about Washington state, it’s hard to imagine not wanting to go there, if not for your host family, then at least to visit! What do you love about WA? Or the state you are currently living in? Click here to share your state love with us.