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Capitol Hill

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  • Day10

    Capitol Hill

    August 28, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    This morning I walked towards the office which is in the neighbourhood of Captiol Hill in Seattle. On this day there haven't been many co-workers in the office but I was introduced to some of them. They have a really nice environment and the best coffee machine I have ever seen in a workplace :-) The office is in an old building which is over 100 years old. We (the colleague which took me to the Sounders and myself) worked very hard the whole day and went to have lunch on the ground floor of the building as there is a fancy café. As it was getting late after work we went for having dinner right away. It was in a mexican restaurant where I didn't have a burger but a fish taco which tasted awesome. Afterwards I decided to have a calm evening (the first one since the trip started) and bought a beer. I enjoyed the beer in front of the TV zapping through a lot of channels. Then I went to bed relatively early to be fit for the next day. This seemed to be a good plan...Read more

  • Day17

    Day 17 - Hello Seattle, I'm Listening...

    September 24, 2016 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 59 °F

    We started the day with a late breakfast and then jumped on a bus as we were heading to Lake View Cemetery. I wanted to visit the grave of Bruce Lee after being informed by a friend of mine, Matt, that he was buried here. It took a while to figure out how to enter the cemetery but we eventually figured it out. The cemetery is huge and we managed to locate the grave of Bruce Lee and also that of his late son Brandon Lee. The graves themselves are actually facing away from the main path and require a short walk on stepping stones to reach a small bench facing the headstones. The graves are all the more powerful and touching due to their discreet and humble appearance. We didn't stay here long but I am very glad that we came to pay our respects to someone who helped introduce to the wider world the physical and philosphical practice of numerous martial arts.

    On our way back to Downtown, I had hoped to see another cultural icon from Seattle, the real coffee shop that had inspired Cafe Nervosa from Frasier. It used to be next to the Elliot Bay Bookstore but alas it no longer exists. That latte I was about to order with a Nile's influenced long list of demands was never to be. Maybe that's why they closed, having a bunch of smart alecs visiting and then holding everyone else up was probably not good for business. The disappointment was soon lifted as we were in yet another wonderland of a bookstore. The bookstores that we have visited so far in the states all have a unique and inviting atmosphere that I don't remember from the mainly monotonous chains in the UK. It took all my willpower not to buy another book.

    As we continued to Downtown there was a bit of a queue outside a shop and when we looked in we saw that it was an ice cream parlour. Without much persuasion we both went for double scooped cones that in our hands were huge! Just a bit further down we passed a statue that commemorated another Seattle icon, Jimi Hendrix. It's on a sidewalk outside an art supplies shop, fairly apt. We then continued our sharp descent into Downtown, a descent on a par with anything San Francisco had to offer, and we decided to have an aerial view of Seattle. The main tourist attraction that covers this requirement is the Space Needle, however, Alice and I read that the Smith Tower also has a great view of the city and is basically where the locals go. The tower itself is a mix between a living museum of the 1920s, not long after the tower was built, and once you get to the thirty-fifth floor a bar and viewing platform. The elevators are original features and had an elevator attendant present to operate the mechanism and give us a potted history as we ascended. The view itself was lovely and clear and was the first time this trip we've had one of those quintessential views of an American city skyline. More to come I'm sure.

    We went back to the hotel for a couple of hours to relax as we had mainly walked around all afternoon. It was also time to build an appetite for dinner. We had a look at a few restaurants before we left and decided to go to Serious Pies, a pizza restaurant. It was quite busy being a Saturday night and so we had a drink opposite whilst waiting for thirty minutes to pass. Once we got our table, the sparse menu still had enough choice to make a decision hard, and I went for the basic mozzarella, tomato and basil option and Alice went for the potato, rosemary and cheese pizza. When they arrived they were very tasty and just the right size. We leisurely finished our drinks and then went to a local brewery, Rock Bottom, and tried a few of their finest. We didn't overdo it mind, as tomorrow, we were back on the road.

    Song of the Day:
    Nirvana - The Man Who Sold The World (Nirvana were from Seattle)
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  • Day4

    Seattle, Washington

    August 15, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    Today was our first early start since leaving Australia, as we had our 4+ hour train ride to Seattle. Since Uber doesn't seem to exist in Canada, I booked an early taxi online last night. The service (unlike Sydney) was extremely efficient and reliable, as the driver early and got us to the station in plenty of time.

    This was one of the first times we'd used a train in the USA for a long time, so we weren't 100% sure how to check in! Fortunately the staff were pretty good and the agent even put us in "business class" (just nicer seats in Economy)! Even though the train ride was long, the time seemed to go quickly. We went to the dining car and got some snacks and coffee for the trip, and there was also the occasional commentary along the way.

    Once arriving in Seattle, we waited for our bag and headed off to find the train to Capitol Hill. Even though I had printed directions, we still managed to get a bit confused and needed to ask for directions. Once we found the station though, getting to Capitol Hill was easy, as was the walk to our accommodation.

    As the accommodation in Seattle was pretty expensive, we decided to stay at an AirBnb. The neighborhood was great - somewhat grungy but with a lot of character too. The apartment however is different! It is a very quirky, grandma style apartment, owned by a showgirl with very eclectic tastes. Whether it was the pictures of the topless Hollywood starlets or the poster of Disney characters copulating, it will still an experience.

    Even more interesting was the resident house cat Kitty Paws. Maybe we misunderstood the apartment requirements but we didn't realise that we needed to change the kitty litter daily too! We put it all down to part of the experience, and headed out to enjoy the warm day.

    Ted was interested in finding a Cheesecake Factory and fortunately we found one. Ordering was a chore though as the menu is enormous! The food is always wonderful though, and Ted was really happy they had an artificial sweetener cheesecake too. We then headed towards the Pike Place Market, an area we hadn't seen before.

    I really liked the whole crazy atmosphere of the Market. It gave you a real feeling of a Seattle farmer's market, with a sense of history and nostalgia as well. I was interested in seeing the world's first Starbucks too which was only a few streets away. I'm always wanting to see anything that contributes to modern day history, even if it does serve the world's worst coffee!

    As the sale of our apartment is still ongoing, we needed to find a library in Capitol Hill to send off some more documents. We bought some groceries before heading back to our apartment for a night out. We settled on a local venue called C.C. Attles which was a relaxed bear bar. Tomorrow we catch up with our friends Stephen and Woody from Fort Lauderdale who will be joining us on the cruise.
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  • Day5

    Seattle, Washington

    August 16, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 16 °C

    After a surprisingly decent sleep (even with the cat wandering around), we had breakfast and made plans for the day. It started with the ever exciting chore of doing laundry, which wasn't made easy considering I didn't have enough quarters (what I thought were quarters were actually Canadian coins). I ran around trying to find a business that was open, which was easier said than done since most weren't (so unlike Sydney). Eventually I found a cafe that was operating in an otherwise sleepy neighborhood.

    We aren't used to living with a cat - much less a smelly one! - so changing kitty litter is something of a new experience for us. We headed off to the library to print some last minute documents, only to find it still wasn't open, and decided instead to catch up with Woody and Stephen who arrived late last night and are staying in a hotel nearby.

    It was really good to see them - we met several years back in Montreal, and have similarly caught up with them at their place in Fort Lauderdale. We had arranged to visit the Boeing factory with them in nearby Everett, so we organised an Uber for the trip there.

    Being in aviation, Ted and I were both interested in seeing the factory, and were happy that the Florida boys were similarly keen. The tour itself was very interesting but to be honest, it wasn't quite what I was expecting. I thought it would involve looking through aeroplanes, but it was more about observing the enormous workshops from above. It was still worth a visit and I was happy to buy a Boeing T-Shirt in the souvenir shop. The only downside was the closure of the observation deck, but it was still an enjoyable experience.

    After catching an Uber back to Capitol Hill, the Florida boys recommended getting some lunch in the street near our apartment. We settled on a cheap Mexican venue before we each headed back to our respective accommodations to relax. We were all interested in catching up for a drink in the evening too.

    The guys came to meet us at our apartment first for a drink before heading out. We again went to C.C. Attles for a few drinks before heading back around midnight. Our cruise starts tomorrow!
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