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Day trip to Seattle

CANADA | Monday, 10 March 2008 | Views [643]

Friday was the day of Seattle. This meant getting up at 5:30 in the morning to catch the freaking bus at 6:15. Not pretty, considering that I didn’t get to bed until around 2am. Stupid friends and keeping me up late.

Thankfully I managed to sleep most of the way on the bus, and I am pleased to announce my first ever encounter with a nice customs/border person. Not only that, he was American. He was super friendly and chirpy and for the first time, I didn’t feel like I was trying to do something illegal. Wish I could say the same for the Canadian border on the way back, but ah well. I’ll take what I can get!

We arrived in Seattle around 10:30am, and just started randomly wandering around the streets, but very hungrily. I had left most of the planning up to the Sare Bear, so she led us to the Pike Market where we got some breakfast. We wandered around here for a while, looking at all the crafts and stuff, and we even got to witness the fish-throwing. They kinda chant and holler and throw these giant fish to their colleagues. The best one was a fish (it was this__________big) which they threw to a rather diminutive girl. It looked great!

After walking around there for a couple of hours, we decided to trudge on, again randomly. However, we got to ride the monorail……monorail…..monorail!! This was a bit of fun, albeit very quick. We paid our $2 and were whisked away to the Seattle Space Needle, just another high rise structure that is absolutely NOT phallic. Not.

We had a bit of a look and then stumbled across….that’s right….the SCIENCE FICTION MUSEUM!!! No way!!

We pretended for about 30 seconds that maybe we wouldn’t go in, then rushed in like kids in a candy store. We spent WAY too long in there, but we got to see life sized models of Yoda, Donatello, R2-D2 and many, many other very cool things. Unfortunately we weren’t allowed to take photos, and they had people wandering around watching you like hawks, so I can’t share this part of my adventure with you. Just know that it was awesome.

The science fiction museum was also linked to another museum, the Experience Music Project. The entrance has a huge stand covered in mostly guitars, but a few other instruments make guest appearances as well (including a cello and a double bass). It was fantastic, and pretty much the only thing we were allowed to take photos of. We saw two of Jimi Henrix’s guitars, and even the draft lyrics of ‘Lump’, by the Presidents. Awesome.

After this we decided we might try to walk to the international district, and found ourselves in Chinatown, and then all of a sudden in a dodgy, dodgy area. There were many characters of debatable integrity floating around and staring at us, and we couldn’t get out fast enough!!

All in all, we both quite liked Seattle, surprising giving that it is in the States. We only spent about 6 hours there mind you, but it was a fun little adventure nonetheless. Hey, if you’re lucky I might even update my journal so that it is UP TO DATE. Yeah, I’m sceptical too.

Seattle photos

Tags: Sightseeing


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