Monthly au pair gatherings are an opportunity for us to get together once per month and check in with one another. It is a chance for me to get to know the au pairs from around the world, communicate reminders (such as taxes, education, and traveling with a J1 visa), and answer any questions that they have face-to-face. It is also a chance for au pairs to connect with each other and bond over shared experiences.
This month we headed downtown to the Seattle Center where we visited the Chihuly Garden and Glass Museum and the Irish Festival. Dale Chihuly, a local to Tacoma (30 minutes south of Seattle), is a world renowned glass artist, professor, and founder of the Pilchuck Glass School. Since 1965 he has dedicated his life to art and has created over a dozen well known exhibitions featured in Italy, Paris, London, and beyond. The Chihuly Garden of Glass, a long-term exhibition, opened in 2012 in Seattle, WA.
It was truly spectacular and absolutely worth visiting!
We were even able to catch the outdoor glass-blowing demonstration in an airstream trailer!
After the Chihuly experience, we headed over to the Armory Building at the Seattle Center for the Irish Festival. There were plenty of vendors, live music, and lots of people but most everyone was sitting at tables and eating.
The au pairs might say their favorite part was sampling all of the different types of jerkey (alligator, kangaroo, shark, etc…)!
It was a great day and we are looking forward to next month when we head up to the mountains for a hike!