Life has been busy, up and down and all over the place. In the past six months I’ve been all over the place, Seattle, Portland, Las Vegas (twice!), New York, back to Portland. It felt non-stop. I love to travel, but it’s been nice to stay in one place for the last two months. Now I’m ready to travel again, which means I’m ready to reminisce about these trips!
Back in November I thought it was about time I made a trip up to Portland to see our client Looptworks. Having never been north of San Francisco (on the West Coast at least) I decided to make a trip of it. I roped Wendy in for the ride and we flew into Seattle for a 24 hour jaunt before we took the train to Portland (which was one of the prettiest train rides I have ever taken, and I’ve done a lot of train travel!)
Of course we were there very briefly, actually less than 24 hours, we arrived in the early evening and were gone by mid afternoon the next day, but we managed to squeeze in three very Seattle experiences, I’ll be back for more one day, I grew quite fond of this city in the 1000 minutes I was there ;)
Pike Place Market
I knew I really wanted to see Pike Place Market. What I didn’t realize I had to see was the sunset over Puget Sound. This view was amazing. We stayed in the Hyatt Olive 8 (a really great eco-friendly hotel) about a 10 minute walk from Pike Place, so we walked over almost as soon as we arrived and met a friend for drinks and watched the sunset. We got so carried away that we were then late to meet another friend for sushi….I said, less than 24 hours, we were squeezing in as much as possible!
Night on the Town
There were two other things I really wanted to do in Seattle. Get drunk at Unicorn (a magical carnival themed bar resplendent with an arcade) and eat burgers at Dicks (a Seattle staple, even featured in a Macklemore video) to sober up.
We achieved both. With little photographic evidence, which always equals a successful night!
The Gum Wall
After a quick breakfast back at Pike Place we went on a little wander to probably the grossest tourist destination I’ve ever been to (but surprisingly not my first gum wall, I went to one in Verona, Italy – it just wasn’t THIS gross)
At first it was fascinating and the colours and textures were fantastic but after a few minutes it was pretty awful as the realization that the amount of bacteria in that tiny alley began to dawn on me……
I know we only scratched the gum covered surface of Seattle and I’m absolutely dying to go back and discover more. Oh and eat more Dicks :P