I just finished resizing all our pics from Seattle and have decided to split them into two parts: food… and everything else! I’ll go against my usual priorities and write about the ‘everything else’ first. :)
Here we are on the train. Perhaps you can tell I was still angry that the custom people took our sandwiches that we had packed.
The way there took about 4 hours, including the border crossing that we didn’t even have to get out of our seats. The wifi worked on and off, so I didn’t manage to get my WHMIS training done as planned, but I did get a bit of reading done.
We were able to check in right away at our hotel, which was good. We stayed at the Grand Hyatt. It was lovely. That was our view and it had electric blackout curtains and a huuuuuuuuuuuuuuge bathroom.
After a quick rest in glorious air conditioning (it was HOT the whole weekend) I dragged Scott to Paseo, a sandwich shop that had been recommended to me. We had to take a bus pretty far to get there, and then walk up a hill, but it was really good. I’ll write about that more in my food entry!
On the way back we swung by the intriguing ‘troll’ marked on the map under a bridge. It looked like this but I didn’t take a picture because some losers have graffiti’d all over it, and also there were other people there.
We bused back into the city to the Seattle Center area where you can find the Space Needle (too expensive), the monorail (too pointless), and the Experience Music Project and Science Fiction Museum. After a bit of debate (I was hesitant because I wasn’t sure I would like it) I agreed to go and anyway it was fun.
They had all sorts of rock and roll history stuff. I didn’t really know what a lot of it was, but Scott seemed to enjoy it. There was an exhibit on Nirvana, and Jimi Hendrix, and this art piece made of guitars.
Then upstairs they had this really cool exhibit where you get to learn and try some instruments and do little challenges or just JAM. You can even record your session and make a CD.
There is Scott mega-concentrating on the drums.
And me trying out being a DJ. Cool!!
They also had an exhibit on Battlestar Gallactica which I walked through pretty quickly since I have never watched that show, and an exhibit about Avatar that was pretty interesting. They showed how they filmed with real people and translated it to animation and other neat stuff. I could move those seed things with my hand.
After that we went back to the hotel for showers (I was sweatyyyyy) and then we went out in search of dinner. We ended up hiking up a hill and having some drinks at a very dark bar (pretty much the opposite of that yellow chair picture). Very atmospheric. And super cheap!! After getting DRONK we tottered off to a fancy Mexican restaurant that I will write more about in my food entry. After a long dinner we went back to the hotel and relaxed and then had a lovely sleep on the super comfy giant bed.
Next morning we hiked up another hill (a Seattle trend) and had a Glorious breakfast at Glo’s. Breakfast that dreams are made of. So delicious and so huge. Details to come.
Then we did a lazy touristy stroll. Downtown, Pike Street Market, out by the water etc etc. It was OK except for the heat and the weird guy with his pants around his ankles possibly pooping into his armchair that he had brought down to near the market???
After that Scott and I went our seperate ways for a bit. Scott went to watch a baseball game (and got some great pictures, but that’s for Scott’s blog, not mine) and I went on another bus adventure to Target for a pair of cheap boots. They didn’t have the ones I wanted but I got another pair, and a plaid shirt. Then I came back to the city in a desperate search for air conditioning. I went to the fancy mall and looked in J. Crew and other stores but didn’t buy anything because it was $$$$$$.
At 5 I met back up with Scott and we trudged to Chinatown in search of a light dinner (still full from breakfast!!). We were pretty tired at this point, from so much walking and heat. We had Chinese for dinner, and then headed to the train station for our trip back! The way back took more than 5 hours, ugh. The train kept stopping to let other trains pass? And we were in a car with some really obnoxious loud OLD people. Anyway we arrived home to find that the hot water hadn’t been working all weekend so our showers had to be cold. BRRRR.
I was a bit tired at school on Monday, but happy because we had such an awesome mini vacation. Scott and I had so much fun together and it was just amazing to live a little differently than our usual routines for a bit. Back to being cheap and eating salads now though, haha.