Sleepless in Seattle

Trip Start Jun 01, 2002
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Trip End Sep 11, 2007


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Friday, May 9, 2003

Well actually got plenty of sleep, but could not think of a better title!

Well hello again and I hope everyone is really well and I hope you are enjoying work (that line will never stop being funny)!! Things are going well, have avoided the SARS thing so far, but get really weird looks walking around Vancouver in my Radioactive Protective suit and Gas Mask on.... but you can never be to careful ;-)

Yes the title is correct in regards to the Seattle part, with time in Vancouverland a side trip back into the US of A towards Seattle was in call, why you say - well because most of you know that I am bad ass grunge guitaring playing rockstar deep down and thought I might be able to get a break in my musical carrer. Yes Seattle, the home of grunge and some of the greatest rock bands ever born.

So with a $69 CAD greyhound bus ticket and with two UK travelling partners (Chris and Nick) we said our farewells to Vancouver (will talk about Vancouver another time "Vivvvaaa Vancouver") and we took off. Now the old Lonely Planet book says that the trip is about 2 hours, our ticket said it would be about 3.5 hours but realilty it took nearly 5 hours!! Why you ask, well two things a dumb bus driver who would take us down dead end streets and secondly US Customs (Overland style).

Let me try and paint you a picutre, as the coach rolls up to the border crossing all the gear is unloaded onto a conveyer belt and everyone has to get off the bus and take all their stuff with them. pretty standard stuff as the airport. But for some reason when going by land they have this ego trip that they are gods gift to security! So as you approach a 9ft 4 black American Guy who does not talk but yells at you at the top of your voice - you have to smile and laugh on the inside and think "you idiot", the only catch is that I am sure my smile/smirk did not stay on the inside... and I am sure my smiling/smirking made me look "Suspicious".

As I had filled out the card correctly and listed the countries I had previously visited the past month or so I was then labelled a liar because not only once did he ask me if I had been to the countries I had listed but wanted some proof of my airline ticket - and they say honesty is the best policy. Now I was not ready for this, I just wanted him to put another pretty little stamp in my passport and let me be on my way.... but noo he wanted my airline tickets, so I get my daypack and try and find my tickets, usually at the bottom of my bag. So I got out everything out of my bag one by one and laid it on his desk... and I took my time. After presenting the ticket he glanced at it for 3.4 seconds and told me I am ok ... and to proceed to the next desk where nobody was so I had to wait longer... and this is meant to be a country of super powers!!

Anyway back on the bus with the mad hatter driver, we approach Seattle City, the Space Needle (tall tower looking thing looks like a needle) comes into sight just as the sun was setting, made a very impressive first impressions. And that is all the impressions that were left of Seattle.

Seattle, if you have a passion for Antiques, Starbucks and bums - you will love Seattle. If not, do not waste your time. Do not get me wrong, I am sure it has some great things, it has a great market just on the waterfront (Pike Market) which is fantastic and entertaining and it has that space needle thing which is just weird, but that is about it. The people walk around like it is the end of world, the bars are dull and very dull and to top things off it just does not seem a pretty safe place. Hey maybe I just got the bad end of town. Yes you are all just thinking now - Oh listen to him he travels around the world and is fussy about where he visits.... selfish little boy....

But, after being in vancouver for the last 3 days before hand, you would understand where I am coming from. Vancouver (at the moment) is one of the best and friendliest cities in the world!!! No shit, the people here are the friendliest people in this world - even the bums are friendly.

Bum "Can you spare some change"
Me: Ahh sorry man not today.
Bum: "nah that is cool, hey have a great day and enjoy Vancouver"

I kid you not, not sure if they put something in the water but everyone is just so "Hey how you doing" "You have a great day" "So you like Canada" - and I really do not think it has anything to do with being Australian... just a great place to hang around.

But alas, this entry is about Seattle. With the day ahead of us, we grabbed our day packs and just walked and walked and walked. From East side to West Side then from North to South. Some of things that are interesting in Seatlle is the Space Needle tower and EMP (the music label) have this Rock Muesum ($20USD to get in, but free if you go through the Gift Shop and up the stairs that lead in the back, as we soon discoverd Travel Tip #87). As I mentioned before Starbucks; I was reading Seattle Weekly the local newspaper (where everyone bitches about their own city) and it had a picture of a Starbucks Mug with tenticles (I said tenticals) stretching all over the world... this was so much the truth it was not funny.

This city is covered in them, because it was the city where the first one was opened (in 1971 I think) they have spent the last 20 years just mating them as they are on every street corner... It is amazing how they can still stay afloat but I guess where there is a demand there will be supply!! To be really toursity, the boys and I even spent out last morning supping a Vanilla Latte (do yourself a favour) from the original shop! Had to be done! A few purchases of some art and postcards and we are back on the bus heading towards Vancouver land once again.

So here I am back in Vancouver and planning our trip uptowards the Rockies for a couple of weeks. Hmm I am sure that will make an interesting story when I decide to get up one early morning to take some sunrise shots and end up having breakfast with Bigfoot!! You think I am joking.... ;-)

Take care everyone and look forward to seeing/speaking with you all soon. Keep letting me know the goss, it is god to get emails on the road...

Jay
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SEATTLE! on

Hi, my name is actually Seattle, so I am planning a trip to the city..

I'm wondering if you ever got your passport stamped? Because I would love to have that stamp in my book as well :)

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