USA - Bound for Seattle

Trip Start Apr 17, 2006
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Trip End Apr 16, 2007


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Monday, May 8, 2006

Howdy all. You'll be happy to know this entry will be a lot shorter than the last. We haven't got a great deal of stuff to report on since getting back from the Canadian Rockies.
We stayed in Vancouver for one more night. Then we were US bound again the next day. Our destination was Seattle (in Washington State). Dan booked our tickets through Amtrak (the train company). Dan was excited about the prospect of a journey on one of the huge trains. He found some real cheap tickets. After booking, Dan for some reason, had a bad feeling about the tickets and was sure something wasn't right. So he went back on the net and checked again. Low & behold, a mistake had been made! It appears there are two Vancouver's! There is One in Canada (which we needed to depart from) and one in the USA. Our journey had been booked from Vancouver in 'Washington State' (USA) to Seattle (Washington state), but we wanted the Canadian Vancouver. He eventually got the ticket changed and even got some money back!! He was most upset to find the journey was now a bus service and not an Amtrak train, which he was looking forward to. Boo Hiss!!! So still no special choo-choo ride for Dan!
On arrival into Seattle (via a border crossing), we took a 1.5 mile walk, WITH the packs on back to our (uphill) hostel. On first impressions, the city was nothing much to look at. However, on second impression...... We can safely say that Seattle is a breeding ground for total and utter loop fruits!! Of all the places we have been to, we have never encountered such a large amount of loonies. There was a lot of random shouting going on, hoards of trolley pushers, pigeon chasers, tramps, beggar's and junkies, oh and one fat dog...
So not being totally comfortable sharing a small city with these indigenous reprobates, we limited our time to the 'few' tourist attractions on offer. We saw the Space needle tower and the world famous Pike street fish market. Hoards of onlookers seem to get a thrill (almost slow in the head) out of watching a load of fish mongers, throw their produce back and fourth, whilst all shouting strange noises. So Dan thought it best to take a picture, as everyone else was. Wonder what would happen to someone in the UK that walked up to a fish stall and took photos of a dead trout??!!
Keep posted for San Francisco travel blog........... See yer later guys...
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mizliz
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My opinions so far...
And it amazes me to see how impressed others from Europe are when they find that North America is so huge and vast.

I am a Canadian who lives in Vancouver, and although I have been to Europe many times and seen how easy it is to visit the various countries there, it is very familiar to me that my own country is so much larger and spread out than any European country. This is so easily seen in a map that will quickly make it clear to travellers that North America is indeed vast and covers much more territories than any European country.

The delight of visiting Europe for me is the fact that I can easily travel from one country, each with its' own culture and language, to another one quite different and unique in its' own culture and language in a matter of a few hours.

This isn't possible in North America, which comprises only three huge countries, each one with its' own history and culture: Canada, the United States and Mexico.

I am quite accustomed to this vast expanse I was born into and love, but to read about the surprise and amazement of European visitors' realization of the huge territories and how much our various cultures enjoy in freedom, is a wakeup call to me to realize and appreciate and enjoy how fortunate North Americans are to live in a huge, widespread, and very different but exciting part of our world.

I am enjoying your blog about your impressions as you travel and explore the world, and wish you both the best of luck and happiness in your journey.

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