We arrived Seattle on a cool and sunny Saturday afternoon. The taxi driver told us that we were lucky, it had been raining continuously for the past two weeks. Good, because if I had my way I would have rather gone straight to Victoria. But Tom had wanted to spend 3 days and 2 nights in Seattle so I reluctantly played along.
We stayed in a downtown hotel which was only half a mile from the popular Seattle waterfront (Tom has always gravitated towards water) where the Pike Place Market was. It was a really interesting and enjoyable area that you don’t get to see in many cities in the U.S. and in fact reminds me a little of our wet market in Ormoc. Bigger, cleaner, less “aromatic” and more attractive version that is. Mainly in the vicinity near the sea and the produce being sold outside the store. While I was walking around it I was even wishing that government officials from my Philippine hometown would come and visit the place to get inspiration to make our own market more attractive to tourists.
We watched this entertaining street performer. At one point he juggled a machete (I don’t know if its real), apple and a bowling pin then would take a bite of the apple at the same time. He claims to have left a 6 figure stressful job to do what he loves.
There was so much to see and going on plus of course it being by the waters Tom and I were content to amuse ourselves around there. We would go there in the morning, come back to the hotel for Evan’s afternoon nap and go back there again for dinner. I did eventually take Evan to the Seattle Center where the Space Needle and Children’s museum are before we left for Victoria.
At the Seattle Center where the Space Needle and the Children’s Museum are among others. I was pleasantly surprised at the permanent Philippine showcase in the museum.
I wasn’t expecting to see many filipinos in Seattle. In fact, in our hotel there were 3 filipinos working behind the desk and probably 2-3 filipinos in the restaurants we’ve been to (not including the guests/diners). Which was really a big contrast to my experience here in Chicago, it took me 3 months before I bumped into another filipino. I think the testament to filipino population in Seattle was in the Children’s museum where they have a permanent Philippine showcase there.
I liked it that from where we stayed, the places we’ve gone to were mostly walking distance. The only times we’ve taken a taxi was from the airport and going to the port. And this was good because the taxi rates were pretty high. The one from the airport cost us $45. I liked how Seattle’s traffic lights come with a different sounds for visually impaired pedestrians. The go signal sound for the North-South crossing differs from the East-West, there was the chirping then a cuckoo sound for the other (they have this in Victoria too).
The crazy 14″ kiddie pizza. At another restaurant their kiddie burger looked like a quarter pounder. This restaurant with the pizza features dining al fresco, like most restos in the waterfront and a trapeze performance inside.
I also like how there was a calorie count displayed in the menus for the couple of fastfood places we went too. But a curious thing is that the couple of times I ordered from the kid’s menu in a restaurant, their portion sizes were humongous and no veggies to go with it. For a healthy city this is quite a contradiction. I was impressed how eco-friendly they were though, even their McDonald’s pancake breakfast comes in a paper container. Wish it was like that in all cities (equally eco-friendly Victoria uses styrofoam according to my friend, but they get a happy meal toy for their breakfast though.)
I liked Seattle. I liked its “smaller” size compared to Chicago. It’s hilly streets. On sunny, dry days I could picture myself living there (especially since it’s just neighbouring Victoria). But then again, I have yet to see it on its perennially wet, cloudy days.