Finally got away!!!!

Trip Start Jun 26, 2006
Trip End Feb 28, 2007

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Saturday, July 29, 2006 before i came here i knew nothing about the place apart from the fact that they made a movie here called "sleepless in Seattle". Had no idea what to expect...
Our first impressions were not great as the greyhound station is always in the dodgy area of town, but by the time we had got to the hostel our opinion had changed.
The hostel was just off the waterfront, and in a great area of town. However, the hostel itself was interesting!!!! They are in the process of moving, so the rooms consist of mattresses on the floor and nothing else! Even most of the plumbing has been disconnected!!!! Still it was bed and it was clean!!

Explored Pike Place market. Was so alive, with all kinds of weird and wonderful stalls and shops....selling evrything, including the most amazing flowers i have ever seen! We could have wandered for days. Sat and did our thing in a cafe, drinking seattles best coffee...checked out the first ever Starbucks, but it was way too busy!

Ate a strange lunch from a chinese takeaway place - kind of a bread roll filled with barbeque pork (like a doughnut!)- mmmmm yummy.

Spent weeks on the internet - do you guys know how long it takes to keep this up-to-date!!!!!! I hope you appreciate all our hard work and how much exploring we are having to sacrifice to write this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

In the evening we decided to check out the torchlight parade which was happening that night! Had no idea what it was about, but it sounded fun! Everyone had their chairs and blankets lining the they do out here! But there was plenty of space so we went off to find food in our favourite eating place - a food court. The most amazing food court yet...the choice is could eat your way round the world without leaving the mall!! Neil had his heart set on chinese, so shared an amazing plate of steaming noodles!
Then went and staked out our spot on the road. Waited for hours....well no actually one...but it seemed like it anyway....then we thought we were going to get some action...but it was just a fun run thing!!! Not sure what it was about, but it entertained us for a while! Then we waited some more. We were hoping it was all worth waiting for....but its one of those tings you just gotta do....
Finally the parade started with a bang....coppers on shiney harleys, doing formation riding!!! It was different. Then there were millions of groups of cheerleaders and prom queens! They were all cowboy style cheerleaders though...guess thats what they do round there!!!! Neil took millions of pictures....there were some cool stuff though...including chinese dancers, one of which Neil thought was hilarious as he managed to get his twirly stick caught on the overhead wires!! There was even a chinese dragon, and the locals all got very excited about the firemen and military officials...cheering wildly as they passed, in their fancy cars!
It went on for hours and hours and hours, but provided us with a very cheap and cultural evening!

Day 2

Today was exploring Seattle day! Bought ourselves a day bus pass so we could just get lost in Seattle!! Visited Capital Hill first - not much to see - looked like it would be a happening place at night...but it was about 10am! Jumped on another bus, ended up at the University were we remembered we could get a bus to Ballard and the Seafood Fest. What we didn't realise was it would take us an hour to get there! Still it beats walking for hours (not that Neil will agree with me there!! But then he is mad!)
In Ballard the streets were lined with stalls....hundreds of them. The markets out here are amazing...we are always attracted to the bits selling an wonderful array of fantastic smelling foods! Probably cause we are just greedy sods!! Wandered trying to decide what to sample first! Opted for some amazing roasted corn. Was beautiful, and full of dripping butter and lemon pepper. Neil fancied some fish - well this was a seafood festival right! So i guess he made sense for once! Wandered, in the rain, until we found the barbeque salmon stall, where they were smoking salmon in huge metal boxes laid over fires in the middle of the road. Problem was there was none ready and a huge queue! So we stood in the now pouring rain and watched them preparing the next batch of huge salmon! When we finally got our was out of this salmon i've tasted (not hard for me as i have probably only eaten about 3 bits in my life!!)...(which is a long long long time), but Neil said it was good too!!!!!

Back on the bus....took the short sensible route this time....and time for more damn internet time!!!! (only joking guys - we love it really!)

After a short while we headed back out to check out Seattles main attraction - the Space Needle which is in fact teeny!!!! We explored the area round it which is like a great big theme park - great if you are rich....
Then we decided we were hungry...but as it was happy hour decided a beer would be a good appetiser!
Went back to our fav eatery but as it was Sunday and we are was closed! So even though we knew we would end up in Macdonalds we wandered for ages looking for an alternative...all the while Amy's stomach roaring like a lion! And guess where we ended up???? Problem is McDonalds in America is seriously minging! They really are dumps! And I was so hungry i could have eaten 12 burgers! Opted for my old fav - a big mac...but it put me off for life!

Back at the hostel think we drank more very cheap beer and no doubt played more cards!

Day 3

Went to check out the waterfront and the cool sounding old curiosity shop! Checked out some cool shops....but the coolest without a doubt was the one selling genuine shrunken heads and deformed freaky animals. It even had mumified bodies!!
Checked out Pioneer square with its totem poles, then thought about going up Smith tower...for about a second....but didn't want to spend 6 bucks on instead ended up going up the USbank tower and spent 5 bucks!!! Still we did go up to the 73 floor...twice the height of the smith tower. The views were amazing...and it was wierd wandering round an office building....mum you would have loved the lift!!!!!

The it was big fat cheesecake the Cheesecake Factory! A posh restaurant with the biggest menu ever....which we were scared to go in!!! But we did....and ate the best cheesecake ever! Was so full of cheesecake i couldn't move!

Then what did we do...yes you guessed it...we went on the internet!

As our stomaches were rumbling we went to find some curry at the old food court! Shared a yummy tikka masala, which was way milder than english curry! This sharing food lark is all very well, but i gotta learn to eat quicker!!!!!!

Probably spent the evening playing cards and drinking beer! (Neil tells me we decided we could have beer that night if it cost less than 3 bucks! We actually managed it too, got a huge bottle of beer like stuff for 2 bucks! (plus tax of course))

And that was Seattle....a cool place but somehow not quite like San Fran....not sure anywhere in the world is!
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