Met a guy called Dave at breakfast which was cool, about the 3rd Brit I'd met since I started travelling?? His plan is to cycle the west coast of north america, Vancouver down to San Diego, crazy! He was there with his mate Alex who had been working in Canada the last year or so so the three of us went off to explore the city a little more. First off up the coast to Sculpture Park (got completely lost but found it eventually...). We went through Pikes Place and Dave showed us the bubblegum wall...clue's kinda in the name! After that it was onto the Library which was actually really cool (one of the floors was entirely red, red walls, doors, lights...) and finally to a bar where we heard about the Reverb festival, tomorrow's plan sorted :)
Headed up to Ballard Street for the Reverb festival the next day, pretty minging weather so we found ourselves in this awesome record store. Shelf after shelf of vinyls, the guy running it was pretty cool as well, people seem so willing to talk your ear off when they realise you're travelling! We explored a couple of the venues and listened to some bands, then found a sports bar run by an English guy, it got pretty busy for the evening match which turned out to be a soccer match! Seems to be getting more popular in the States. For some reason I thought a snakebite black would be a good idea, a lack of blackcurrant squash left me with half lager, half cider (I know, cider! It was strongbow though) and a shot of blackcurrant vodka... best left at the one I think! Finally left and caught one of the last acts in the festival, then bussed back to the hostel! Pretty fun last night in Seattle, yet another awesome place.
So as seems typical by now, going onto a new place where I didn't know anybody made me feel pretty down! Plus it was all grey and rainy in Seattle, I'm used to the sun now! After I made it to the hostel with my weight training bags (around 20kg for my big one, another 5 or so for my small one? God knows what I've got that weighs so much!!) I went for a little explore around the city and, as seems right, went for a walk round Pikes Place Market. Pikes Place is a really famous old market which has been going for well over a hundred years, one of the top 34 things to do in the states according to my guide book! I'm not sure I'd rate it quite that high but it was pretty interesting, mainly touristy now though.