Entering the city for the first time, at night, was great. Lit up like a Christmas tree doesn’t do the experience justice. Somehow, the bright lights enhance the city’s best features, vaguely outlining convex shoreline, ports, highrises, and of course, the Space Needle. John guided me through Queen Anne, his old neighborhood, where Tup Tim Thai and Uptown Espresso didn’t disappoint
. Chinatown’s Uwjamaya Market provided afternoon entertainment, with its ample supply of exotic live seafood tanks. We walked through Pike’s Place Market (didn’t see any fish thrown, though), Pioneer Square, Capitol Hill, Union Station, and even some of Belltown. A short hike down to the beach at Discovery Park was initiated by Alex, and was one of my favorite outdoor jaunts. We also had fun cooking out and hanging out with he and his friends, Lindsay and Jasmine, and whipping around town in his Rave Machine Volvo listening to New Order remixes. Coffee at Alki Beach on a weekday morning, driving by houseboats and guessing their price, and a cheap late night movie (“I love you Man”) at the Crest, with John, were memorable. Unfortunately, we missed Freemont’s Summer Solstice Festival and all its pagan glory. And oddly enough, we missed the rain.
My first trip to Seattle - impressions? Cities situated by the water always have an advantage in my book, but this one is unique given the sheer quantity of water and the innumerable viewpoints provided from which one can be reintroduced to the city. Puget Sound, Lake Union, Lake Washington and Green Lake enchant and disorient the stranger. Fortunately, I was accompanied by those who knew their way around better than me: John (who lived in Seattle for 5 years), and Alex (a longtime resident and friend who generously turned over his apartment to us for about a week).