Scriptless in Seattle

Trip Start Jul 03, 2012
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Trip End Dec 16, 2012


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Monday, October 22, 2012

Why is everyone 'Sleepless in Seattle', excuse the cliche? The home of the original Starbucks has a Coffee shop in nearly every corner. My theory is their coffee intake must be significantly higher than many other cities.

Seattle was a weekend away to escape from the monotony of job searching a re-claim a bit of the spontaneity that was lost while need to be contactable and available for interviews. The Bolt bus or Greyhound was the cheapest option - getting you there and back from Vancouver for around $36. I was a little nervous attempting to cross the border again, however when we arrived we had a huge bus load of non-english speaking Tourists who couldn't even fill out their paperwork. They greyhound bus by comparison was a cinch and I got across without the immigration officer batting an eyelid.. Phew!

We arrived in Seattle by midday and as I only had carry on luggage I began to explore the city. I found my way to the hostel without so much as a map! The staff at City Hostel were extremely friendly and efficient. I was able to check in to my room even though I was early. The wall were adorned with funky graffiti and each room was dedicated to it's own artist. The place even had it's own cinema and hot tub - although I didn't have time to use either.

Pike market was a hub of activity on the weekend, it had a lot of energy and amazing fresh food. I wandered through the stalls browsing through the arts and crafts I ate a delicious savory pastry from a very popular Russian Bakery and fought the ques to buy a coffee & mug at the original Starbucks. Very interestingly the original logo incorporate a topless mermaid. I also discovered that although the market does not allow chain stores the original Starbucks (being the first) is an exception can remain as long as they maintain the original signage.

The next day I caught the ferry to Bambridge Island. My roommate had suggested I go, however on arriving at the dock I realised i had forgotten the name. It was difficult to maintain the appearance of a slick, organised travelled when I went to the counter and asked if I could get a ticket, to an Island starting with B. Unluckily their were two B options - so I picked Bambridge and fortunately it was the correct destination!

The space needle offered a special discount for it's 50th Anniversary so I was able to go to the top for $1. Afterwards, I had enough time to see the specatular Chihuly Glass sculpture garden before making my way to the bus stop. Unfortunately, Greyhound had 'overbooked' the bus back to Vancouver. Despite arriving half an hour early with a pre-purchased ticket, I didn't make the bus. About 50 people were made to stand for an hour and a half before another bus finally came. The staff were quite rude an unapologetic about the cirmunstance, however one staff member did inadvertantly enterain us for 20mins trying unsucessfully to get a pigeon out of the building.
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great pictures!!

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