The Nerdiest Way to Fly, Giant Snowflakes in Belltown and More

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Posted December 02, 2015

What was that in the sky? Your eyes didn't deceive you. That was, in fact, a Boeing 787 painted in the likeness of R2-D2. According to GeekWire, the R2-D2 jet landed yesterday at Seattle Tacoma International Airport for the first time. The “Dreamliner” is owned by Japanese airline All Nippon’s Airways, and is decorated to resemble the beloved Star Wars robot in honor of the upcoming release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The jet returned to Tokyo yesterday afternoon after a short stay, but keep your eyes towards the skies, as GeekWire reports, it will be returning December 3, 5 and 7. Find out more about ANA's Star Wars Project and find the plane's schedule at ana-sw.com.

Visitors to the Westlake Center Plaza will find a little extra holiday cheer on December 7. Ebay’s Wish Bigger Holiday Airstream, open between the hours of 12:00 and 7:00 p.m., will be offering exclusive deals to local holiday shoppers on popular items such as headphones, sunglasses, watches and more. This traveling market place will be touring the country coast-to-coast, stopping in cities such as San Francisco, Austin, Atlanta and New York, during the holiday season.

Bell Street Park is dressing up for the holidays. For the second straight year, large, 5-foot-tall snowflakes will decorate the area throughout the holiday season. These festive adornments, supplied by the Metropolitan Improvement District, will be installed today and will stretch from First to Fifth avenues on Bell Street. Paired with charming holiday lights, the snowflakes will create a cheerful ambiance for both Seattle residents and visitors to enjoy.

You may remember that last summer our digital editor took a (much-needed) break from her digital-ness and attended Camp Rahh, a three-day, all inclusive summer camp for grown-ups where smartphones, alcohol, drugs and methods of time telling were not allowed. An excerpt:

Camp Rahh is a place for us technology-weary souls to “escape, play and explore like when we were kids,” according to founder Brian Oh. There’s kayaking and archery and capture the flag. And since you’re as lucid as a 12-year-old, you’ll actually remember it all.

Come 2016, Camp Rahh will be held June 16 to June 19 and early bird registration is happening now through January 3. Go here to register for the early bird price of $390 (or $140 on a payment plan). Trust us, your smartphone-dependent self won't regret it.