I’m getting ready to leave the hometown of Jimi Hendrix, Nirvana, Frasier Crane and The Fabulous Baker Boys. I have spent three days here and tried to accommodate as many attractions as possible, while still taking my time in order to be able to fully appreciate my experiences. I would like to thank all Seattleites for treating me very nicely, being helpful and friendly on every level and making any traveller or visitor very welcome. I also was fortunate enough to find mostly nice weather, especially yesterday, when temperatures broke through the 60 F barrier and it being sunny all day.
I managed to go atop Space Needle and visit the Experience Music Project Museum, both located in Seattle Center, meet a friend’s cousin over in Woodinville on the east bank of Lake Washington, stroll down Pike Place Public Market, sit atop the Waterfront in Sound View Café, check out the oddly shaped Central Public Library on 5th avenue and take the Seattle Underground Tour. I had a fresh seafood snack at “Steelhead Diner”, half a dozen fresh squeezed orange juices (which squeezed my wallet, too…) and see a fabulous show at nationwide acclaimed Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley. Last night on Friday, I decided to go see a movie at a cineplex theater on Union Square and check out, whether that felt any different from seeing a movie in English back home (it didn’t, except for the fact that everyone around me spoke English instead of German). I also took hundreds of pictures, some of which can be found on my flickr-stream.
Today, on Saturday, March 17th, I will continue to Vancouver, B.C., one day earlier than planned. I feel that if I went back downtown today, a) burning money would come to a critical peak and b) it would rather leave the impression on me of having barely seen anything in the light of the countless attractions that are advertised in my little brochure. So, I quit when it feels best, and this is just the time. In addition to that, I will take the opportunity to research and modify my travel plans to the end of going back to Las Vegas one week early and see the desert once more, maybe one of the numerous shows on the strip, go atop Stratosphere or even travel as far as to the Grand Canyon in Arizona, I’ll see. I would also love to rent a Harley Davidson one day and cruise along winding desert roads, but I am not sure about the risks implied here and haven’t decided on that, yet.
I’m enjoying the sights and sounds as best as I can, but contrary to my feelings in Las Vegas, where I was happy to continue my travel on my own, I now sometimes wish, I’d have someone around to share all the experiences and discuss the impressions of the day over a good dinner, a glass of wine and candlelight. Well, wishful thinking – for a start, who knows, what’s going to happen up there in Canada….
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