Sleepless in Seattle

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Green Tortoise Seattle Hostel

Flag of United States  , Washington
Monday, February 1, 2010

We only spent one full day in Portland (Saturday) before heading to
Seattle on Sunday. Another grehound bus and we arrived at the bright
lights of Seattle. After having such a good time at the green tortoise
in San Francisco we thought it logical to check into the Green
Tortoise in Seattle. It was in a fantastic downtown location next door
to the famous Pike St Marketplace. After checking in we met up with a pommy bloke and
headed out to a local pub which was offering 25cent beers....which
were terrible... but economical.

Monday was a big day of walking as we explored the sights of Seattle.
First we wandered through the Pike St Market before checking out the
"Experience Music Project" and the sci fi museum which were both good. We
then ventured to Kerry Park which is ontop of a hill which borders the
northern aspect of the city for some great day time views. Following
this we went to see Avatar 3D at the IMAX. I had already seen it at a
regular cinema in NZ and Christian wasn't that excited by the movie
trailers, but it was fair to say we both left the IMAX very
satisfied....it was amazing to say the least!

After the movies we went to the top of the space needle for some
fantastic night time views and headed home to have a much needed quiet night to do some long overdue washing.

Throughout our expeditions around town we heard numerous references
about Ballard a small town to the east of Seattle that was supposed to
have a high percentage of Norwegian inhabitants. This obviously
excited Christian greatly who was keen to impress me with some fine
traditional Norwegian cuisine and hospitality. So Tuesday was spent
first in the small town of Fremont (excellent coffee) and then
Ballard. Overall they were both very nice and quant towns but
Christian was devasted to find that all the Norwegian restaurants had
been closed. We did go to a Scandanavian Souvineer Store and enjoy
some Norwegian confectionary. The rest of the day was spent perusing
the Nordic museum which was very interesting and made better by
Christians input. That night we ventured to the university district
with the plans of having an enjoyable night on the town but were
dissapointed to find that Washingon state are stricter than most when
it comes to alchohol regulations and insisted on seeing our passports,
which neither of us had. So we had to seddle with a night out in
downtown Seattle, which was fun.

The original plan for Wednesday was to continue to explore the CBD
before Christian was departing for New York as his overseas adventure
was drawing to a close. As it turned out Christians flight had been
changed and after a mad rush had made his flight with 30 minutes to
spare.

Now this left me with a dilemma. My original itinerary didn't have me
arriving in Vancouver until the 11th of Feb, but due to the inclement
weather early on in my trip I spent less time in California than I had
anticipated. So I had 3 options: Vagas, New York or Vancouver.

The fact that I knew someone in NY and the flights to NY were only
marginally more expensive than Vagas put NY at the top of my list so
then it came down to a financial decision, was I willing go blow my
budget and head to one of the biggest cities in the world.....you bet
I was!

So Wednesday was cruisey. I did go to the library which was easily the
biggest library I hav ever seen....absolutely massive to use the
Internet and book my flights, but that was about it. Had an early
night.....2morrow I was heading to the big smoke.... The real big
smoke.
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