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North America » United States » Washington » Seattle July 26th 2015

It's 12.14 on the 25th July. Currently we are sitting on the train to San Francisco, but for this blog I will write about our last 3 days in The Emerald City. Wednesday started as usual, we got up for an early-ish breakfast - about 8.30 - then got ready for 12. In the meantime I ran down the seafront to a set outdoor chin-up and dip bars that had been installed a fair way down the promenade. I spent half an hour doing a little body-weight training there, then ran back to the hostel. By the time I had caught my breathe and showered, it was 12 noon. The plan was to walk up to a district of Seattle called Fremont, to explore the area and see the Troll statue under the bridge there. The ... read more

North America » United States » Washington » Seattle July 24th 2015

It's 12.44 on the 24th July. It's been a little while since I've written a blog - we've packed our days so full here in Seattle - but hopefully I can write and upload one today, then another one whilst on the train to San Fran tomorrow. So, I think I left off on Saturday evening, so I pick up from Sunday morning. We all got up and had breakfast before everything was tidied away at 9am, then got ready to go out at 12. The plan for the day was to head down 5th into Downtown Seattle to explore. We left and walked the 10 or so blocks to where 5th intersects with Union, Pike and Pine streets, and the main shopping section begins. From there, we decided to split up as everyone wanted to ... read more

North America » United States » Washington » Seattle July 20th 2015

It's 21.58 on the 19th July. So we're now settling into our hostel in Seattle, and getting used to seeing the Stars and Stripes over the Maple Leaf for the first time in nearly 4 months. In this blog I will write about our last day in Victoria, arriving in Seattle, and our first full day here. So Thursday was our final full day in Victoria, and Canada for that matter, so both Donna and Bob had taken the day off. We got up and ready to leave for 3pm, when we were going to head into town to go on the Pickle Boat Pub Crawl for the evening. Before we left, Rosie and I walked up to the plaza to print a photo of us all at the zip lining place and buy a frame ... read more

North America » United States » Washington » Seattle July 15th 2015

We took it easy today. A nice change, let me tell you! We packed ourselves up after two pleasant nights at the Best Western hotel in Edmonds and set out on our way. Our first stop was just 20 minutes later, at Carkeek park. Yeah, funny name, I know, but a lovely little park. We followed a creek down towards the beach, crossed a bridge over the railroad tracks and spent the better part of two hours wandering along the beach of Puget Sound. We found all sorts of treasures on the dark, almost black sand. Shells, seaweed, hermit crabs, lots of sea anemones and barnacles, even a starfish! All living and well in the tide pools. Lots of crows and seagulls searched for pickings between the rocks. We even saw a blue heron fishing in ... read more
Gilat and a scallop
At the Salmon Ladder
Ballard Locks park

North America » United States » Washington » Seattle July 14th 2015

Ok, I guess I owe y'all another two days' worth of blog. I'll start with yesterday, July 13th. We left the Ramada at Harrison Hot Springs (a very poor hotel), did a little souvenir shopping and made our way towards the USA. On the way we saw lots of raspberry-like bushes along the roadside, and even saw someone who stopped on an adjacent street complete with hat and gloves picking berries. Needless to say, we stopped at the first available opportunity and filled our bellies with delicious, juicy, sweet raspberries (or blackberries, I dunno. Tasty berries). Just a few minutes later we were at the border crossing. The wait wasn't too long, I guess we were lucky. Just 15 minutes or so. The border police who checked our passports had a little chat with us, advised ... read more
Deer in Bellingham
In the cockpit
Salmon in Pike Place Market

North America » United States » Washington » Seattle » Ballard July 7th 2015

The last eight years in the PNW have been full of adventures and memories, after all this is where we met. But as Justin and I transition into the next chapter we had an itch to do something different, so we both left our jobs at the end of May with no set plans of what we would do next. We have been lucky to spend the last month hanging out with family and friends, enjoying the convenience of being able to paddleboard in the middle of the day on Shilshole Bay, and not waking up to an alarm or fighting daily rush hour traffic to get to work. We're setting out to make new memories and enjoy some of the best of what the lower 48 has to offer before rejoining the real world.... read more
Moving Day
Paddleboarding Shilshole

North America » United States » Washington » Seattle » Bell Town June 16th 2015

As if there is not enough wonderful things to eat and drink in this city. Well, here is the official list, but not really verified by all of our Seattle friends: 1. Beecher's Cheese Curds-They were the first artisan cheese mongers in Seattle, with a prominent shop at Pike Market, as well as the Sea-Tac Airport, and retailers around the city. They even have a shop in NYC. I learned to eat and enjoy cheese curds from our friends, Ken and Debbie, he of Wisconsin origin. They squeak when you chew them, quite amusing. These make a great snack. img= 2. Cougar Mountain cookies-They sell cookies all over the city, but the "ballpark" special is available only from April to August. It makes the perfect summer snack, along with the traditional glass of ice cold milk. ... read more

North America » United States » Washington » Seattle June 15th 2015

We survived the bus ride back to our motel, a second night sleeping in Seattle after a day of sightseeing, and ordered a taxi to take us to Pier 91 in the morning at 10 AM. We had a very enthusiastic, and helpful, and funny, and talkative elderly porter from Jamaica who helped us get our bags from the taxi to check-in (seeing to it the bags were properly marked as our half hand done tags showing the cabin did not include the floor on the Statendam). And his energy and cheer was rewarded with twice what we would have normally tipped, because he was just what we both needed to see to it that this cruise started out on a high note, unlike the customs ordeal we endured in Vancouver just over one week ago. ... read more

North America » United States » Washington » Seattle June 15th 2015

Now that my school year has come to an end, Robert and I are preparing for take-off to Europe. We just spent a day in Seattle and leave for Frankfurt, Germany tomorrow where we'll be meeting my friend, Marie. Before we depart, I thought I'd share a few pictures from today and from last year's trip to Europe when we met during study abroad in Angers, France :)... read more
Restaurant in St. Malo
A Francophile Fantasy
Chateau d'Angers

North America » United States » Washington » Seattle June 14th 2015

Sharon survived sleeping in Seattle. Despite her initial uneasiness with the area we found ourselves, and, how did she put it, “Didn’t you find the desk clerk kind of creepy?” Well, okay, he did have that Norman Bates thing going on. Initially it would not have taken much to convince her to brave another taxi ride to find another place to stay; but, once we were back in the room to eat our Jack-in-the-Box burgers, she settled in with the internet. The tour we’d planned for tomorrow doesn’t pick up from hotels in “this part of town”; but, Sharon found that the bus-line to downtown picks up right across the street from us. So we had a plan. We were at the bus stop early. Sharon’s practicing what the priests sermonize about being too judgmental was ... read more

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