Seattle - home of the geek
Trip Start Sep 25, 2008
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Spent four days in Seattle which was perhaps a day too long - especially sa it started bucketing it down with rain on my last day! But I still had a blast there.
I arrived at the hostel on 31st October and was informed that there was a fancy dress party that evening. One thrift store and $25 later, I was furnished with a Canadian Curler's costume. Complete with ridiculous furry hat that I will be wearing all winter when I get back home. There was also free beer which was a great ice-breaker when coming into a new hostel!
The Green Tortoise was great - first time that I have ventured out of the HI Hostel network and it was worth it. Bit of a dodgy area but right by Pike Place Market which was great for people watching. The bunks were the best I ahve stayed in with six inch deep mattresses and little curtains all the way round and a reading light, so you could tuck yourself into you own little world at night. Unfortunately it was also in a really noisy area so the earplugs were neccessary!
Seattle does win at having the best museum in America. It is two museums in one building - the first is a Science Fiction museum full of Star Trek costumes and robots. Lots of robots - brilliant. And then the other museum is a Music museum. But it is interactive so you get to play with the instruments! I learned to play the bass line from a Troggs song and was pretty much happy for the rest of the day.
Also went to the first Starbucks - for those who don't know, Starbucks began in Seattle and boy do these guys like their coffee - there is a cafe on every corner. The coffee from the first Starbucks was lovely - it tastes better at the source.
And of course, I went up the Space Needle - great views of Puget Sound and to the aquarium (I seem to be be doing an aquarium tour of the States - I like the fishes) which is great and they have brilliant sea otters.
After spending most of my journey so far on the train, I treated myself to a flight to San Francisco - $81 with Virgin America - bargain of the year. The flight was on time, smooth and the insides of the planes are fantastic. Black leather seats, screens in the back of the headrests, I would fly with them again for sure.
Am in San Fran now and will add that entry in a little while - I have to go and ride a cable car.