Hi guys, Marlen from Messages on a Napkin here! I've lived my whole life in Chicago (born and raised), and thought I'd never venture outside my cozy, little Midwestern bubble. I liked my winters bristling cold, my summers shimmering with humidity, and the Second City had everything I needed from a city. We had old architecture that often made me feel like I was still walking the pavement in the 1920's (sans a fox stole or two, sigh), a beach coasting around our downtown and waves lapping against the shore as I made my way to work, skyscrapers tearing through clouds that I could see through my kitchen window, neighborhoods with their own quirky personalities, and a speakeasy tucked away into a corner or two.
But then I landed an exceptionally shitty job right after college (Think The Devil Wears Prada just without the glamour), and feeling my youth wither and die inside my cubicle I decided to up and quit and go venture through India and Nepal for two months. When I came back home I still had some left-over wanderlust that stuffed any fear or second-guessing (or common sense) into the back closets of my mind, and I decided to move cross-country to Seattle with my boyfriend, Marc, on a whim. Which is where I am now, three months in and exploring the Pacific Northwest! And today you can explore with me, with some of my favorite pictures I've snapped of my new city. And if you want to look at some of my other day-to-day photos, visit my "Adventures" tab on my blog, Messages on a Napkin!
Ps- Our thoughts go out to everyone that was affected by what happened today 12 years ago. We'll always remember.