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Published: September 22nd 2006
very exciting day of the week at the Pike Place Markets.
Our time in Seattle was mainly spent sleeping as much as possible to overcome jet lag and eating as much fresh food as we could fit in. One of the greatest things about Seattle is the Pike Place Market and the scores of smaller farmers' markets and strong local food movement. Pike Place Market is chock full of rows and rows of fresh, organic produce direct from the farmers and fishermen in mind boggling quantities. It is the oldest continually operating farmers' market in the world and to top it off we were there on Organic Wednesday! Having lived on Mongolian yak meat and dehydrated food for the past month, we were on a mission to get some fresh veges and this was the place to do it.
Apart from the markets, Seattle is famous for its public art which is scattered accessibly throughout the city. It also has a model public transport system (compared to Sydney anyway!) including a 'free zone' within the city centre which was great. We found people to be really friendly and talkative in this city, particularly on public transport. One particularly animated man was a bit crushed when we explained that the myth of
fresh green stuff
this is what we missed most in Mongolia!
the 'two women to every man' ratio in Australia was probably promoted by the department of tourism rather than bureau of statistics...
Between sleeping and eating we took a ferry ride across the Puget Sound to picturesque Bainbridge Island, with a great view from the ferry of the Seattle skyline and snow capped mountains in the Olympic National Park. We had only 2 days here so this is only a very brief snapshot. We'd love to come back with more time to explore the mountains and national parks around Seattle.
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