We had breakfast with a dog wearing a nappy

Trip Start Jun 30, 2010
Trip End Aug 15, 2010

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Flag of United States  , Washington
Tuesday, July 27, 2010

There are no laws in Seattle regarding when people can start making loud noises in the morning. Our room was on the airport side (which wasn't so bad) and overlooked a car park that they are building. The racket started before 6am - probably when it became light - and included chainsaws and a cement truck. Also the stupid alarm had been set for 6am and neither of us noticed to turn it off the night before so that was another disturbance we could do without. We asked to be moved and luckily they had a room on the opposite side so hopefully we will get a better sleep tonight. 
Breakfast was interesting (and was similar at Coeur d'Alene). Everything is self serve which I don't mind but the utensils are plastic and the plates and bowls are polystyrene. You do have a selection of cereals to choose from and there is yoghurt (very sweet), milk, fruit juice, tea, coffee, toast, eggs, a selection of pastries and muffins, bagels, bread etc. In Coeur d'Alene we had breakfast burrito (spicy egg and sausage) which you had to warm up in the microwave so it was soggy and at Seattle we had cold hard boiled eggs. There are always waffles on offer.
Another thing about US hotels is the number that are pet friendly, however, one does not expect to be eating one's breakfast with a dog, sitting at the next table, wearing a nappy! It was rather precious but so was its female owner. It does make you wonder whether you are sleeping in a bed that someone has allowed their flea bitten pooch on as well. I guess the linens are boiled so all the bugs are killed off. I wonder how my parents' dog, Bonnie, would cope with a hotel and all those people to be friends with...
Speaking of dogs - on our way on the interstate we stopped at the restrooms and watched a woman allow her dog to poo and then not pick it up. Once at home, I saw someone do that so got a yellow poo bag out of my car, gave it to him and said that I thought they needed it more than me. I was rather disappointed I did not have one - there was a big sign saying pet area over to the right so that the lawn was available for people to rest on rather than have to deal with dog poo. There does seem to be a tendency for people to leave their dog droppings around which means you have to watch where you are walking.
Seattle is a nice place for a big city. We went into the centre and, as you do, checked out the shops rather than go sight seeing. I bought a gecko ring, a hat, another scarf, tweezers and a hair band at this great shop called Claire's. The stuff is all so cheap and is quite good quality so you can't help yourself. It is all Irene's fault - she made me do it.
We then decided that we needed to find somewhere to have a pedicure and manicure so wandered around a bit and found the markets not seeing any salons anywhere. I offered to take a photo for a family group and got talking to them. He was in the US navy as a medical officer and spent 2 years in Canberra. It was in Australia that for the first and only time in his navy life he went to sea. He sailed from Melbourne to Perth and his wife met him there where they both fell in love with the jarrah furniture so they bought up big and their friends are jealous. They were lovely people. It is amazing who you can meet if you just chat! 
The Seattle markets are fantastic - you can buy almost anything there and it is a really happy, lively place. One alley is totally devoted to shops selling things for pets or maybe just for pet lovers. We still could not find a pedicure salon so went to the information place - we were a bit concerned when we only saw blokes (info bureaus are usually staffed by women I have found) but James told us of the right spot. He also directed us to the best fish restaurant in the area. While we were there, a lady came up asking for information on the gum wall. This is a wall where people put their chewing gum - some famous people have also contributed but I can't remember who. Apparently this is the second most unhygenic tourist attraction in the world. The Blarney Stone takes first place if you are interested.
The pedicure and manicure went OK but not as nice as the one I had in Bali even though she did give a foot and hand massage. Of course, as soon as we had finished we found all the salons! Dinner was nice but I have to admit to getting a little sick of eating out so often and feel the need for something really plain like a roast. However, what I did like about this restaurant was that the food they sold was from the markets - the sausages and cheese were made at the markets.
Irene had not been up the Space Needle so we wandered up there (it was one of those days where you just chill out and take whatever comes) passing a park full of interesting people. I think people like to doss there as there is a sign saying that it closes at 10pm. I am not sure how they police that as it is open. We tried to get some nice shots of Mt Rainier but it is very smoggy (or smoky) so does not stand out well. Mt Helena (the one that exploded a few years ago) cannot be seen at all...anymore! We were lucky to get to the Space Needle just on sunset - there were lots of people up there even though there was a very cold breeze blowing - and viewing possies were at a premium. The good news at the bottom of the tower near the lift and after you had paid the entrance fee was that the earthquake of a few years ago caused 0% damage!
We caught the train back to the airport (our hotel was right next door as I have already mentioned) but as it was very late and the walk is about 20 minutes we rang up and the hotel bus came to collect us. It was such a great service to offer. All the train stations were clean with no graffiti and they are pleasant places to be - you don't feel uncomfortable even quite late at night. 

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Alison on

Really enjoying keeping track of your adventures, Kate - keep it up! It's funny how your comments seem quite english i.e hard to get a decent cup of tea, missing a roast! I think we are more culturally similar than USA and England/Australia, don't you? Apart from the weather! Cheers - Ali xx

Lance on

I'm in Perth now! Yahhhh! Great pics! Especially of the one of a distant and faint Mt. Rainier. BTW, what's a nitch?

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