Yukari joined Thelma and Louise today

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

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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

After a much better night sleep we slept in, rushed down to breakfast to get the scraps and missed out on the waffles - oh dear what a shame. I feel that I should be taking my own crockery and cutlery but at least we did not have to share with a dog. However, we had to listen to the woes of a man on the next table whose wife had left him and was bankrupt. 
We thought that we would go to the Pioneer Square area of Seattle as we had read and heard about an underground tour that was supposed to be quite interesting. Apparently they found the old city after some excavation was done. On the train we sat in front of some lovely ladies who were travelling to Russia in a few weeks and they wanted to check out the train to the airport to see how long it would take etc. They had travelled a lot and been to Australia (not WA though) but liked aussies and the fact that people kept thanking them for winning the war! One of them said her daughter said not to bother going on the tour as it was boring and a waste of money. The other related a story regarding going to the bathroom in the UK (they call it a toilet in England!) - she did not have her purse and the attendant held out her hand and said 'to pee' (2p) to which she responded yes. Naturally the attendant did not let her in - it was quite a funny story but does not come out well on the page. The lady's expression and tone of voice is not something I can put down on paper. 
We also found out that any company tendering for public works have to put at least 1% towards artistic works for whatever is being built. This explains the train stations that have lit playing cards in tunnels, large metal origami at different stages of folding, changing light pictures and clocks made out of the metal bits they found when excavating for the stations. The clock at Pioneer Station (see pic) has an old saw at one o'clock. 
Anyway we got to Pioneer Sq, decided to take their advice but did look up at Smith's Tower (once the tallest building in the northern hemisphere or something like that - I cannot be bothered looking up the details) - and thought that coffee and/or lunch would be a better option. We saw a queue outside a small cafe and decided to go there - it was a good choice. The food was lovely and I had lentil soup - Irene can sure put away food and I can't keep up. She had soup, salad and a sandwich but decided to not have the baklava! In saying that, the soup Irene had was a cup as opposed to a bowl like I had. She tells me that she is eating due to stress - it is not due to me in case you were wondering!!! We are certainly getting some walking in so it is not really that bad.
The funniest part about lunch was that the two ladies we met on the train came in to the cafe so we met the son-in-law and daughter (or the other way around or perhaps they were both her children) as well. They said it was the most popular lunch place in the area so we did well.
This was another area full of interesting people. I saw an old guy with a beard that was basically a long dreadlock down to his knees. He was bent over so it looked like it was almost dragging on the ground! Irene went to take a photo and this other guy thought she was taking a pic of him and almost charged her for it. 
We could not spend too long looking around as we needed to meet Yukari (old friend from Japan - I met her through Irene as they used to work together in Ako, sister city of Rockingham) back at our hotel and then drive to Seaside in Oregon. Most of the trip was really boring until we got to the border as it was overcast and started to rain. This is supposed to be the Pacific Coast Rd but you rarely see the sea and we could not see it at all this afternoon due to the rain clouds. The Astoria-Megler Bridge between Washington State and Oregon is quite amazing. It is high on the sides where it meets the land so the ships can go underneath. Just before we got to the bridge we passed the Dismal Nitch restrooms on the Washington side of the bridge. The county on this side is called Clatsop - I just love some of the names!
Anyway the three of us are here in Seaside catching up and having a great time. The weather is supposed to improve tomorrow. For some reason it is getting colder as we are going south, not something you expect in the northern hemisphere!
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