Sleepless in Seattle
Trip Start Feb 16, 2011
113Trip End Jun 11, 2012
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Green Tortoise Seattle Hostel
I've really enjoyed Seattle in the time that I have spent here and each day has been different. I decided to buy the Seattle City Pass which was $59 and included entry to a number of attractions so my time was dictated by trying to make the most of the vouchers. On Sunday I went down to have a look at the Seattle aquarium which was the first ticket. It was a pretty well setup aquarium although after watching performing killer whales at Sea World it wasn't quite as exciting. It is in a nice location just down from the Pike Place Market on the docks. After having a coffee (so many coffee shops...) I walked through downtown to Safeco Field to watch the Seattle Mariners baseball team play the Cleveland Indians which was my first baseball game. It took me a little while to work out what the rules are: 9 innings, each team play once per innings until they get 3 out
I walked back to the hostel where I had nachos for dinner and then the hostel organised a pub crawl in Capitol Hill where we went to 3 places: Linda's Tavern which was reportedly the last place Kurt Cobain was seen alive in public, then up to the Comet Tavern for a live band and finally across the road to Bimbos Cantina (a Mexican wrestling themed bar) so they were all pretty different.
I was up at 7am the next morning for the free breakfast in the hostel before going to the Seattle Centre on the monorail which was quite quick. First stop was the EMP - Experience Music Project which was a funky shaped Gehry building dedicated to recorded music and science fiction. The exhibits they had were on Jimi Hendrix (a local) and Battlestar Galaxia. They had a separate room where you could go and try playing a few different musical instruments as well. Then it was time to take the elevator up to the top of the Space Needle which was built for the 1962 World's Fair (along with the monorail). The view from the top was pretty cool although it was quite windy and cold on the observation deck
It was about 4pm and I hadn't had lunch because the ATMs weren't giving me any money which was a little concerning. One of the joys of travelling is learning all these little tips that you don't think of normally. I had only used my VISA card only in Las Vegas so I could get internet in my hotel room, but I had been using my Travelex Cash Passport for everything else. So once the money ran out in the later, I started using the former because of my imminent departure from the USA. However, a Skype call to the credit union revealed that they put a hold on it because of the Las Vegas hotel so I had to get them to take it off. Lucky I still had some Skype credit otherwise I would have had to rely on $3 for 2 more days!
After solving my money dilemma, I spent today at the Museum of Flight south of Seattle. I caught a bus down there and spent the entire day walking around the many exhibits. It was a fantastic setup on the edge of the Boeing Factory so there was an airfield right next door where you could see many small Cessnas taking off. I had a guided tour which from a former US Air Force and airline pilot which was great and even saw the live broadcast of the 30th anniversary of the Space Shuttles which are retiring this year. Sadly the Museum of Flight won't be getting one, but they're getting a simulator instead. I walked across the road and checked out the Concorde and former Air Force One 737 from the 1960s which were amazing.
Tomorrow its onwards to Vancouver and Canadia!