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  • Day54

    Downtown Seattle

    August 4 in the United States

    Der Tag startet mit einem ausgiebigen Frühstück in einem typisch amerikanischen Diner. Da in den USA (wie auch in Kanada) die Kalorien pro Speise angegebenen werden, wissen wir, dass wir uns hinterher für den Tag noch eine Scheibe trockenes Brot gönnen dürfen. Dafür ist es sehr umfangreich mit einer Mischung aus Herzhaftem und Pancakes. Yummy!

    Gut gesättigt nehmen wir den Bus nach Seattle. Einige Fans der Toronto Blue Jays fahren die gleiche Strecke, da heute ein Baseballspiel gegen die Seattle Mariners stattfindet. Wir entscheiden uns gegen einen Besuch, da wir uns ohnehin Tickets kaufen würden, von denen aus wir das Spiel wohl nur noch mit einem Fernglas beobachten könnten. Dann doch lieber in eine Bar setzen, da kann man sein Geld wenigstens "sinnvoll" investieren. 😉

    Wir laufen also ein wenig durch die Stadt und entdecken insbesondere den Pike Place Market für uns. Es gibt jede Menge Köstlichkeiten und den allerersten Starbucks-Laden. Die Schlangen sind aber zum Teil abschreckend lang und reichen zig Meter über die Bürgersteige. Daher entscheiden wir uns für einen Ginger Beer Laden, wo man innerhalb weniger Minuten ein leckeres und erfrischendes Getränk bekommt. Genau das Richtige bei der Hitze. In der Nähe sehen wir auch den Gum Wall, der genau das ist: eine Wand voller Kaugummis in allen Farben (und manchmal auch Formen), die mit der Zeit wohl zu einer Sehenswürdigkeit geworden ist. Auch sehen wir uns natürlich das Wahrzeichen der Stadt, die Space Needle an, allerdings nur von außen. Später schauen wir dann tatsächlich ein wenig Baseball in einer Bar und müssen feststellen, dass uns das Spiel trotz Internetrecherche noch nicht so richtig verständlich ist.

    Die Stadt gefällt uns insgesamt sehr gut, da sie trotz der Größe eine einladende Atmosphäre bietet, was nicht zuletzt den unzähligen Food Courts und Market Places zu verdanken ist. Wie auch schon häufiger in Kanada bekommt man jedoch den Gras-Geruch nur selten aus der Nase (ist legal), sodass die ein oder andere 'Drug Free Zone' eine willkommene Abwechslung war.
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  • Day17


    July 1 in the United States

    After a great nights sleep in Seattle (no not the movie) we decided that driving into downtown was our best option and parking there for the day. We concentrated on the pier area as there is always something happening there. The famous Pike Street markets were brilliant with the guys at the fish market throwing fish to each other. There was arts and crafts, fruit and veg and any matter of things. It is a must do in Seattle.

    Given that the hop on hop off bus was so good in San Francisco 4 years ago was so good we all decided that the 40 bucks for a 24 hour pass for a similar bus here would be a good idea. We were sadly let down and the tour was probably the worst that we had seen. Completely un informative and a total waste of money. Trip advisor will get to hear of that one.
    A quick pizza at Subway, yes Subway, before we boarded the ferry to Bainbridge Island. The 30 to 40-minute trip was fantastic, and Bainbridge itself is full of boutique shops and restaurants. The shore line littered with drift wood and beautiful houses. We could have spent a day there and our 2 or 3 hours there passed quickly. Drama struck for me on the return trip. All good after a good night’s sleep but I did not remember much about the afternoon.
    We would love to return and explore the islands and maybe do a tour into Canada. Due to our early arrival in Seattle we made the decision to make the Monday a leisurely day and take the coast road 101 to Astoria, so that is the plan for tomorrow.
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  • Day32

    Sleepy in Seattle

    July 30, 2017 in the United States

    After a much needed lie in (no one will ever accuse me of being Sleepless in Seattle) Kate and I ventured to Kerry Park for an elevated city skyline view. Sadly it was slightly obscured by cranes. I would later discover that due to Seattle's rapid development there are at least 17 cranes currently in use across the city. Kate had also hoped that Mt Rainier would be visible but sadly she was hiding. All in all it wasn't quite the view we had hoped for but onwards and upwards. I was on a separate mission from Kerry Park to look for a very special house. Back to my slightly sad film and TV location hunting ways I hiked up the hill in search of Meredith Grey's house. Yes another Grey's Anatomy reference I'm afraid. After finding it and taking lots of sneaky pictures whilst trying to blend in with the neighbourhood I mooched back down the hill to find Lake Union.

    I arrived at Lake Union much earlier than my planned boat tour which would take me past Tom Hank's infamous house boat - my final Ephron stop of the trip. I sat in the park and watched the seaplanes land and take off from Kenmore Air. The more I watched, the more I wanted to play so needless to say I went to enquire. Astounded by the comparable cheapness to the recent helicopter ride I took over the Canyon I bit the girls hand off and looked forward to my seaplane tour around Seattle tomorrow morning. You can take the girl away from flying for 7 weeks but you can't take flying away from the girl!

    Feeling very in the moment I took things a step further that afternoon and opted for a Six Gill Shark Bite cocktail on the boat which contained gin, triple sec, ginger ale and pineapple juice. I don't usually drink in the afternoon so needless to say I was rather tipsy by the time I got off the boat. I'd just had a message from Kate saying she'd found another large soft toy she could not separate from. I told her she could have it so long as I could take home the lamppost I was currently hugging in the Argosy Cruises car park. After convincing her I didn't need rescuing we reunited at the market in search of dinner. We settled for fish and chips at the pier which was an excellent choice.

    From there we took the monorail to the Space Needle. The monorail is a slightly bizarre construct in Seattle. It is a very small stretch running between downtown to the Space Needle and was originally constructed as part of the 1962 World Fair which as it happens was also when the Space Needle opened. It is worth bearing in mind that this coincided with Disney's original presentation of EPCOT which was presented at the very same fair - Disney also being a massive fan of the monorail.

    We learnt from our experience at the Empire State and deliberately booked a a lot on the Space Needle that got us up there just before sunset so we could appreciate the views by day and night. We had free green screen shots taken and giggled at the badly done composite - check out our green hair! You could choose your backdrop so naturally I chose the ferry boat. Sadly it would appear that despite my love of these ferries I would not get to ride on one as quite frankly there weren't going anywhere I had time to go!

    After persuading ourselves that we did not need matching Space Needle hats we ventured back to the piers to admire all the neon signs in the dark - this was Kate's geek time as Seattle by night was the backdrop for her favourite video game. We also browsed in a couple of souvenir shops where Kate had to stop me from buying my own set of Grey's Anatomy scrubs.

    We got back to the house late despairing at the early start we had tomorrow.
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  • Day37

    USA 6

    September 30 in the United States

    Day 24 - Monday 17th September 2018 - Seattle

    (posting this one day on its own as I should have posted it in the last USA post as after this we are in Canada again - so sorry for the short post! Except it's me, so it's not even short)

    Up and moving by 8 - feeling really rough again but definitely getting better. On a bit more of a schedule today as we had tours booked we had to be on time for. It was going to be an hour on the bus and take two bus changes to get to where we needed to be but only 20 minutes in an uber, so we justified the cost vs the time saving and booked an uber. We were in such a rush though that Lily booked an uber to pick us up whilst we were still getting ready because she was worried it might take them awhile to get there. Ended up arriving in under a minute and we had to run out the door half ready. This resulted in my leaving my jacket behind - but Lily had brought two so we made do.

    First up in Seattle we had a food tour. The one at Granville Island in Vancouver had been so good we were pretty excited to do another one. We met our tour guide - Kat - at the head office and got the usual safety course (we are in America, so we had to give her consent to save our lives by calling an ambulance or performing CPR etc if anything went wrong on the tour) and introductions. Once again, all American except us. We headed off to the first site - the Gum Wall. Apparently the second germiest tourist attraction in the world (the only one that beat it is the Blarney Stone) it is just a wall where people stick their gum to (apparently this started back in 1993). The story (according to Kat) is that it is rude to chew gum in the theatre so patrons one night just started sticking their gum on the wall on their way inside. Pike Place Market Preservation & Development Authority, who’s job it was to maintain the appearance and historic integrity of the market place, and whose office coincidentally overlooked the theatre, ordered the theatre to clean the wall. They did. The same thing happened the next night. Theatre was told again to clean the wall - they did. Third night it happens and the Pike Place Market Preservation & Development Authority tells the theatre to clean it again and they come back and say “actually, it’s on the outside of the building, isn’t that technically your job?”, and they were less than enthusiastic about cleaning it every day so they called it a tourist attraction and left it. This is all according to Kat, so I’m not sure how true or accurate that is but it does make for a really good story. They were cleaning it the week we were there (they clean it once a year now) to try and prevent the gum eroding the brickwork. Lily and I Were actually a bit grateful they were cleaning it because they were at the end of the week of cleaning and it smelt awful, no idea what it smells like usually but it was horrific.

    I won’t bore you with all the amazing things we ate (it was all incredible) but I will bore you with a bit of the history. Before Pike Place Market was created in 1907, farmers would sell their produce through a middle man. Partly due to the amount of time it takes to run a farm and partly because a lot of the original farmers were Japanese and couldn’t speak the language. Eventually the inevitable happened and the middle man jacked the prices up, charging the consumer exorbitant fees and pocketing the profit. They also ran a lot of scams (pretending there were shortages of certain produce so they could charge more etc) and the farmers only occasionally earned any of the profit, mostly they just broke even. Pike Place Market was created by the local council as a way to appease the increasingly angry customers and farmers. The farmers could set up a stall and sell directly to the customer. It was so popular that it took awhile for the supply to meet the demand (everything kept selling out by midday). It is one of the oldest continuously running markets in the world and is a heritage listed site (which means that you can only buy or own a stall in the market place if you are the descendant of one of the original market stall owners AND you work there - ie you can’t own it and franchise it to someone else). Unfortunately due to WWII, a lot (not all, but a LOT) of the original farmers were forced to liquidate their assets and move to an internment camp. To this day none of them have returned (according to Kat).

    Anyway, the food was amazing and it was really interesting to walk around learning the history.

    Once the tour ended we did go for a bit of another wander through the markets (there are 6 levels to get through so we hadn’t done all of it on the tour) before going for a walk to see if I could get myself a replacement jacket (weather seems to turn at night so Lily wasn’t sure if she would need two jackets - and she definitely did in the end). Managed to find an OP Shop although I’m pretty sure it was a chain OP shop and I’m pretty sure they’re actually called thrift shops here…any way got a nice jacket for a really good price and was pretty happy with myself. Lily also bought a handbag for a good price too.

    After that we had to hustle as we had another tour to join and weren’t 100% sure where we needed to be. Ended up finding it okay and arriving with about a minute to spare. The tour we were doing was called the Underground Tour - similar to the one we had done in Portland but obviously for Seattle. It was also pretty interesting, but the focus definitely seemed to be on the theatrics of it all so Lily and I didn’t enjoy it as much. It was definitely entertaining, but it ran shorted than we expected it to and wasn’t as fact heavy as we were expecting after the Portland tour. Also were a few things we wouldn’t have understood if we hadn’t done the Portland tour so weren’t super impressed with it (plus we spent a lot of time underground in the dust which did wonders for my cold).

    After the tour I was feeling pretty miserable because I was tired and fluey so we walked to our next destination (walking along the water front to try and get some of the view) and then just sat down for an hour in the sun. I definitely needed it and eventually worked up the energy to go to Chihuly Garden and Glass museum. It was pretty incredible the things they had done with glass and Lily and I were pretty blown away. Glass blowing seems to be an incredibly difficult art form and he had taken it to a new level.

    After the museum we went to dinner at a sports bar across the road. It was pretty rowdy thanks to a baseball game AND an NHL game playing at the same time (I have no idea if they were both live or not but everyone was very into it all and there were tvs everywhere so you wouldn’t miss a second of the action no matter where you were sat). I got salmon with potato and asparagus and I think it’s the first sit-down meal Lily and I have ordered on this trip that wasn’t drowned in oil. Was really really good. Lily got a burger and chips and said hers was pretty good as well.

    After dinner we had tickets to go up the Seattle Space Needle. Views were spectacular - could see right to Mt Rainier and there was no cloud cover for once. We stayed up and watched the sunset (about 7:30pmish) and then took some pictures of the city at night. Was just after 8pm so we decided to catch an uber home rather than try and figure out the bus situation. I think I was just too tired and Lily was too.

    Made it home safely, and just packed ready for the next day. We were both pretty nervous about the next day because we had another border crossing to get through - which was horrific last time. So we got completely ready the night before and tried to have an early night.
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  • Day16

    Die besten Hot Dogs in Seattle

    September 28 in the United States

    Einfach nur lecker kann ich dazu sagen 😗😗😗😗
    Jojo und ich wir inhallierten sie schon fast 😤😤
    Man konnte auch noch selbst Gürkchen darüber geben was bei uns massig ausfiel 😂😁😁😎👍

    Noch während wir aßen gab es einen Streit bei dem eine Frau einen Stuhl nach einem Mann warf nach kurzer Zeit....zwei Polizeiautos und über 9 Polizisten mit Fahrrad auf dem Platz 🤤😯😓

  • Day5

    Seattle: Zwischen Kontrasten & Kaugummi

    August 31 in the United States

    Durch einen (un-)glücklichen Zufall hatten Stefanie und Joel noch eine Karte für das Footballspiel der Seattle Seahawks gegen die Oakland Raiders übrig. Ein Pre-Season Spiel. Das heißt zum einen, dass das Team aus frisch vom College abgezapften Spielern besteht. Zum anderen, dass die Karten noch erschwinglich sind. Wenn mich zu Hause das Fußballfieber nicht packt, dann doch vielleicht die Stadion-Euphorie des amerikanischen Nationalsports. Also ab ins Mietauto und los geflitzt. Zumindest bis zur amerikanischen Grenze, wo wir 2 Stunden warten mussten, um anschließend 10 Minuten intensiv gegrillt zu werden. Ein Grenzübergang in die Staaten ist schlimmer, als jede mündliche Abiturprüfung und selbst das reinste Gewissen fühlt sich danach schmutzig. "Aus welchem Grund reisen Sie in die USA? Wie lange haben Sie vor, zu bleiben? Haben Sie Obst dabei? Oder Waffen? Planen Sie einen terroristischen Anschlag?"
    Und während man sich bei der Beantragung des Esta (der Einreisegenehmigung in die USA) vor Ort verbal nackig macht, wehte uns über den Schreibtisch der Nationalstolz der Amerikaner entgegen. Überall Schilder mit opulent aufgeblasenen Worten und zwischendrin ein gerahmtes Bild von Trump. Man möchte brechen. 

    Nach weiteren 4 Stunden Fahrt hatten wir es dann geschafft. Seattle. Heimat von Amazon, Microsoft und Grey's Anatomy. Eine Stadt voller Kontraste. Links riesige Firmenkomplexe, rechts die Zeltstädte der Obdachlosen. Unten plätschert die Elliot Bay, von dessen Ufer nicht weit entfernt die Fischer Lachs auf dem Public Market verkaufen; oben thront die Spitze der Space Needle, einem ufogartigen Überrest der Weltausstellung von 1962 - heute das Wahrzeichen der Stadt. Und so ganz nebenbei findet man zwischen zahlreichen polierten Glasfassaden die zweit unhygienischste Sehenswürdigkeit der Welt, die sogenannte "Gum Wall": eine etwa 16 Meter breite Wand voller Kaugummis. Jeden Tag lassen dort Hunderte ihren angespeichelten Gruß an der Außenfassade eines Theaters zurück. Angefangen hat das Ganze in den 90er Jahren, als wartende Besucher Glücksmünzen mit Kaugummis an der Wand befestigten. Nachdem jemand sein Sparschwein aufgebessert hat, blieb irgendwann nur noch die klebrige Masse übrig. Ein ziemlich faszinierender Anblick, der jedem Hypochonder den Angstschweiß auf die Stirn treiben würde. 

    Zum Abend strömten die Menschen in Blau-Grün - den Farben der Seahawks - aus der Innenstadt Seattles in Richtung Stadion. Und auch wenn ich zu Beginn noch keine Ahnung vom Spiel hatte, sah ich Dank ausgeliehener Basecap und Fan-Leggings wenigstens so aus. Die Regeln erklärten sich dann in den nächsten 60 Minuten nebenher. Learning by cheering. 

    Das Spannendste war aber nicht unbedingt das Spiel an sich, sondern vor allem die Klischees, die sich währenddessen beobachten ließen: die Fans und Cheerleader, die riesigen Plüschmaskottchen, die Verkäufer, die Bier und Hotdogs zwischen den Reihen verkauften und natürlich die übergroßen Monitore, die der allgemeinen Reizüberflutung noch mal ein leuchtendes i-Tüpfchelchen aufsetzten. 

    Die Euphorie gönnen sich die Fans hier übrigens gegenseitig. Sympathisanten beider Mannschaften saßen auf ihren Klappstühlen nebeneinander oder prosteten sich über drei Reihen hinweg zu. Und damit hier auch keiner der 72.000 Besuchenden über die Strenge schlägt, wird akribisch auf potenzielle Pöbler geachtet. Ist jemand zu durstig, gibt es eine Alcohol Enforcement Unit, die unterstützt durch die Polizei Trunkenbolde aus dem Stadion begleitet. Nicht ohne lüstern gezückte Kameras, die das Ganze filmisch festhalten. 
    Das Spiel ging mit einer Niederlage für das heimische Team der Seahawks aus, was die Laune der Fans allerdings keineswegs geschmälert hat. Kopf hoch. Basecap richten. War ja nur ein Pre-Season-Spiel. Prost. 

    Auf dem Rückweg nach Kanada bin ich übrigens das erste Mal in meiner zweijährigen Autofahrkarriere mit Automatik über den Asphalt gesaust. Eine ziemlich langweilige Erfahrung für den linken Fuß. Autofahren ist hier in der Theorie auch um einiges simpler als zu Hause. Darum reicht es in den meisten Staaten auch, seine Pflichtstunden als Fahrschüler neben Mami oder Papi bis zur Prüfung abzusitzen. Je nachdem wie gut die Eltern sind, ist der Nachwuchs dann auch auf der Straße unterwegs. 

    Da wir kurz vor der Haustür auch noch einen Abstecher im Canadian Superstore gemacht haben, hier noch ein kleiner Nachtrag zum Einkaufen in kanadischen Großmärkten: Aaaahhh! Hier gibt es 18 Liter-Reissäcke und Klopapier im 36er Pack. SECHSUNDDREISSIG. Und wenn man denkt, man hat mit diesem Quartalsvorrat den Sparfuchs eingepackt: Nein. Die Steuern kommen erst an der Kasse noch zusätzlich dazu. Überraschung. 

    PS: Kleiner Funfact aus den amerikanischen Radionachrichten, mit der man auf der nächsten Familienfeier den Cousin zweiten Grades unterhalten kann: In den USA gibt es mindestens ein Dutzend Kinder mit dem Namen ABCDE, was ausgesprochen ungefähr wie Äpsedi klingt. Und wir kichern über Kevins und Chantalles...
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  • Day16

    Public Market

    September 28 in the United States

    Nach einer aufregenden Parkplatzsuche gefühlt durch ganz Seattle, was eine der ersten größeren Städte wieder auf unser Reise ist ( RV ist fast 10 m lang und ca 4,20 m hoch) konnten wir die stadt erkunden über den gigantischen Publik-Market an dem es wirklich alles zu kaufen gab über frische Blumen, Gifts und natürlich Essen 🤣🤣
    Die berühmten Fisch Stände an denen immer gerufen wurde wenn etwas verkauft wurde und an dem ich den köstlichsten Lachs probieren konnte ging es weiter zum Columbia Tower mit der besten Sicht über Seattle....👀🏙Read more

  • Day26

    Pike Place Market

    May 19 in the United States

    Is it the brilliant flowers, the original Starbucks, the masses of people or the huge salmon being thrown around by buff young guys? Yes, it’s all of these things and much much more.

    Sheree is great at choosing well when planning and she chose a hotel between the market and Seattle’s famed Sky Needle. First we rose 40 floors to get a 360 view of Seattle. Sadly the clouds limited the views but this city reminds me somewhat of Sydney for its harbour, waters and treed suburbs.

    Then the market called. Immediately upon arrival we were absorbed by the colours, the smells, the sounds, the diversity of people. The energy in this place is magnetic.

    We paused in an urban garden overlooking the bay for a moment and were amazed at the community spirit here as well.

    There is rule in this place - all marketeers are to be the creators of their craft. Be it painting, sculpture, glass, leather or T-shirt, the originality holds the freshness and ownership well.

    With cruise ships now beginning to arrive and a reputation spanning decades Pike Place Market continues to draw the crowds with its mystique and magic.

    We got drawn in... and loved it!! You will too!
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