I arrived in sunny (yes, sunny!) Seattle on the only dry day they had had that week – score! You can definitely see the difference between the west coast and east coast landscape…the east coast is all beautiful fall colours at the moment; reds, pinks, oranges, yellows. The west coast is all lush evergreens and crystal clear lakes.
Checked into the hostel, dumped my bag and did my usual survey of the area. I found the space needle pretty quickly, however the lady at the hostel told me to look out for a pie shop nearby which sells the best savory and sweet pies in Washington State. Dinner sorted, I thought – but I couldn’t find it and ended up getting an amazing avacado salad from a little deli. Back to the hostel, caught up with some laundry and met my roommate, Clare.
It turns out Claire was flying solo too, so we chummed up for the day and went off on the ferry to Bainbridge island. It’s only a 10 minute ferry ride from Seattle, but it’s a stunning little place. We had a wander around the shops and had some lunch at a great little seafood pub. I then went off my own to explore Pike Place market, the famous Seattle fish market. I also got to see the first ever Starbucks, but refused to queue 30 minutes for a latte I could by in 2 minutes around the corner! I had arranged to meet Claire, and our other roommate, Min, at the Columbus building which offers amazing views of the city without the hefty price tag of the Space Needle. After this we went to see the space needle lights, and were further amazed by the number of products that could be turned into souvenir tack…Space Needle Soap anyone?? This was followed up by dinner at an amazing restaurant, Local 360. Their policy is that all ingredients have to be sourced within a 100 mile radius, or maybe 200 mile, I can’t remember! Anyway, the food was fantastic and I can now also say the same for Washington wine 😉
Again I don’t feel like I spent enough time in Seattle, but as I’ll be spending the next few months in Vancouver, I’m sure I’ll have plenty of opportunities to return.