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Seattle Visit!

Seattle was great! It is a wonderful town. I took like, three hundred pictures, but here are forty nine of them, plus a variety of related and unrelated stories.

So, when we got in on Thursday, it was pouring rain, and about seven in the evening. We wandered around in the rain, without umbrellas, trying to find a place to eat, after we found out that our hotel didnt have room service, and eventually had some really fantastic seafood. Then we totally passed out.

The next day was lovely. The rain dried up, but we bought umbrellas right away. It turns out, I literally never opened mine the whole time. Somehow, it never rained again. Meanwhile, in Boston, evidently it poured the whole time.

After a harrowing trek before breakfast all the way down the hill, past the aquarium, back up again, and back down towards the market, we got to pike place market! It was filled with flowers. Here is a shot I took by waving the camera above my head.

I quickly realized that Seattle has food that is actually as good as everyone says it is. Anyway, after breakfast/lunch, we had to climb up this hill of DEATH. Here is a really cool gutter on the way. Notice the bonus seagull butt in the window!

Seattle is full of art. Really, everywhere. Later in this post I will tell you about Fremont, which has way more art than anywhere else, but there is absolutely an overwhelming consciousness of visual appeal in all the functional objects around the city. This is the lovely pattern that is on all the little shelters for the bus stops around the city. It is such a nice condensation of the Seattle surroundings I just love it.

So we hauled our butts over to the Seattle Center, which is where the Space Needle resides. On the way over, I saw this huge sculpture. I really like it, even though it is kinda ugly! I think it looks like what would happen if there was a katamari level set inside a ChuckECheese. Just imagine all the little polygonal kids screaming inside of it!

Look! A space needle!

So, these were basically the last clouds we saw the whole time. I mean, I understand that this was unusual, but I thought it would mostly be cloudy the whole time, but seriously, blue skies! Not a drop of rain! Insane. So, in front of the space needle they have this whole little fair set up! I had no idea. There was a little ferries wheel, and a little roller coaster, and EVEN a log flume! Holy moly! And a carousel with some seriously awesome horses on it. I am going to have to go there one time when it isnt running and really give those horses a good look.

Then we took the monorail, which was SO cute, to Westlake, which is the big shopping center place, and is essentially like a nicer, cleaner, slightly fancier Downtown Crossing. I have a problem in that I open my mouth and make a ridiculous face in every picture EVER. So here I am trying to get it out of my system. Note Ian's face.

So let me see, I totally do not recall what happened on what day, but these are basically in order. So at some point, we went to Capitol Hill, which is this VERY trendy area of town. It is where all the gay scenesters hang out. Lookit the gay church! SO CUTE.

Anyway, they were all way too cool for us. There was a guy wearing tights! And ballet flats! There were loads and loads of adorable lesbian couples holding hands and talking about their tattoos. There were also cute neighborhoods filled with little old houses just one street down, which flowering trees and moss covering everything. This tree was especially magnificent.

For dinner we went to the International District, which is essentially Chinatown, only I guess more Japanese and Korean and Phillipino. They have these neat dragons on poles all around the edges of the district. Here is one and the moon!

So we went to this izekaya and it was FREAKING AMAZING DELICIOUS. Holy shmoly! I have to make four friends IMMEDIATELY and haul them all over here and order EVERY appetizer on the menu and make the sake flooooow. So lemme see, I ordered the house sake, hot, which was SO GOOD for house sake, and only four bucks. Awesome. This fried mackerel with special sauce, we got takoyaki, ian got some kinda ginger beef thing... it was all so OMNOMNOM good. And the best bit was the nice lady came with my sake and five tiny cups for my to choose my favorite design from!! It was adorable! D :D :D

Then we were SO FULL. But the nice lady *insisted* that we have the special dessert, which was this panacotta with green tea ice cream, whipped cream, and red bean. It was teeny tiny! And perfect. Afterwards, we didnt feel so stuffed and it was just, oh god, brilliant. Everybody needs to go to this place.

Here I am, interacting with this art stuff that was on the walls of this construction site next to our hotel. It had word balloons, just *begging* folks to grafitti it up. But some bits had been painted over, so I dunno if it was supposed to be written on or not. This elephant was very friendly, though.

Okay so the next day we decided to go to Fremont! OMG FREMONT IS FREAKING AMAZING. It is where I am going to live. And I am going to live HERE:

It is called the EpiCenter, and it is covered in this sculpture, and there is a grocery store on the first floor, and a bakery, and a sushi place around the corner, and the apartments are really reasonable and so nice and newish and the buses are all RIGHT THERE. Holy crap it is great.

We got to go into one of the apartments and check it out. Here is the view from the balcony. That is a drawbridge right there, and the big bridge is umm, I think route 5? Anyway it is like, the longest functioning drawbridge in the US or something? Neat.

Follow the Aurora bridge from underneath on this road called Troll Road....

And you get to see THIS GUY.

The Epicenter manager lady who we talked to, Michelle, who was just the NICEST lady, asked us if we were going to do stuff after visiting the apartment and I said we were going to go find the troll, and she was doing some regular real estate manager stuff and she just stops in the middle of her multitasking to say to me, "Don't look him in his glass eye, he will come back to life and eat you up." And then she goes back to sticking my contact info in her files. Dudes, people in Fremont are AMAZING. I love all of them forever.

They also have this frajillion foot statue of Lenin around the corner, whcih they light up on Christmas with a big red star above his head and everything. Ian is looking towards progress! We totally took this picture for Colin.

Then we had pho, which was literally across the street from our awesome apartment building. Note my pretty application of cocksauce, which is actually what, shiracha or something? It is hot sauce and there is always a rooster on the bottle so Ian calls it cock sauce, the end. Not the BEST pho, but still daaaaaamn fine. Seattle is filled with pho places. We will have to do depthy research to figure out the best one.

Look! Starbucks! They are fucking eveerywheeere. Somehow we were back in Westlake. Hey Scone, right behind this starbucks in a LUSH. omg civilization, amirite??

We hoofed it over to Seattle Center again, because, well, that is sort of what you do and we wanted to get cheesy souvenirs. LOOK. A MINI JACKELOPE. I really wanted one but Ian told me I wasnt allowed. :(((((((((

At Seattle Center they have the Science Fiction Museum! It was extremely nerdy. I wasn't sposed to take pictures but I totally did! sssshhhhhhh!!!!


This is what the outside of the building looks like! Coooool~

Check it, we took the monorail again.

We needed a snack! So I was gonna take a shot of the actually really tasty mall sushi but oh well we kinda ate it way too fast.


Then Ian bought shoes! I actually bought shoes, too. See, I didn't HAVE any waterproof shoes, and, silly me, I figured I would need them. Ian, however, totally destroys the hell out of his shoes and rips through them all the time. I think instead of feet he might have knives.

Then we hiked our way back to pike place and bought some sammiches and produce.

Then we sat on the grass and watched the sunset over puget sound and Ian looked at me with disdain! Hooray!

Mount Ranier!

The sunset!


There is this store called baby&co which is full of french fashion and I NEEDED this outfit! But the store was closed and I determined that it was actually like seven different pieces and likely all at least a couple hundred bucks each and aaargh but LOOK HOW CUTE IT IS.

The one in plaid is the back of the Cheese Girl, who works at this great cheese place in pike place market where they make cheese fresh in a big vat every day; anyway she made Ian a grilled cheese that was apparently really yummy. She was SO COOL. I want to be her friend. She had this red messy hawked up hair and big funky glasses and really neat looking topograpical map tattoos on her arms and suspenders and she was so cute and freckly! Aaaack, I would gay marry the Cheese Girl so fast.

Breakfast! At the Library Bistro, which is connected to this hotel that was WAY WAY WAY nicer and awesomer than ours, booo. Anyway, the food was fantastic. This is corn beef hash and toast with jam and fruit and omnomnomnomnom~ It was the reddest strawzleberry jam I ever done seed.

Then we went to the Zoo!!!! It was a GREAT zoo!

Ducks! They were friends! :D


Elk butts!

Girl with really awesome socks and shoes next to the sloth bear things!


The zoo had tons of really awesome sculptures of animals all over the place. There was this bench with ravens on it! I love ravens. I want a raven friend. Seattle is FULL of ravens. SO MANY of them. And the zoo has like, a resident seventeen flocks of them.

The zoo ravens are especially chill with people. This guy was really close, like, inches away. I named him Fred, in my head. <3

For dinner, we went to Fatburger, all the way out in Bellvue, where Microsoft comes from. FATBURGER IS THE BEST BURGER.

I kinda didnt take many shots of anything worth talking about after all of that. The next day we went back to the International District and visited the HUGE awesome asian grocery store with food court thing. They had a cream puff place! You could choose chocolate or vanilla or like, um, green tea i think? Anyway OMNOMNOM

And somehow we ended back in pike place market at some point. Here is the famous fish place that throws salmon around at people. They had a nice sign, explaining what a monk fish was!

And then I had MORE raw oysters, YAY!

Um, there were more things but I so don't remember. I am outy!


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Apr. 9th, 2009 08:00 am (UTC)
Apr. 9th, 2009 07:38 pm (UTC)
*flails arms*
*rolls around in oyster blood*
Apr. 9th, 2009 12:00 pm (UTC)
That apartment building is just the best ever. It's so awesome.

The art around town is so cool there! I really like the fact there's dragons on the tops of street poles in the international district. And the speech balloon bubbles on art! And the...I could go on.

and all your food pictures are making me hungry. For seafood. Yum.
Apr. 9th, 2009 07:38 pm (UTC)
That apartment building IS the best ever. Holy moly it is so great. I could write an entire twelve pages about it alone. But then I would be putting all my eggs into too much of one basket. We don't have a place there yet! Someone else could go crazy and snatch it out from under us! Something terrible could happen!
I am trying to convince Ian that we should find a real estate person to look for places, because, well, What if there is somewhere BETTER that is just not covered in shiny metal and thus under our radar?? It seems so foolish, and too good to be true. *gnaws lip*
Apr. 9th, 2009 01:42 pm (UTC)
Wow! Who knew Seattle was so cool!
Apr. 9th, 2009 07:35 pm (UTC)
It has a reputation for coolness! You will come visit, when you are living in Lalaland, town of angels, and find out first hand.
Apr. 9th, 2009 02:02 pm (UTC)
The Starbucks in Seattle is really really true. You think there's alot of them in other towns. Oh no, Seattle's amount of Starbucks is immense.

That dessert looks interesting. I'm not a fan of red bean thoughhh >.< still looks good.

That one shot of the raven... it looked evil.
Apr. 9th, 2009 07:34 pm (UTC)
I dont like red bean normally either, but somehow in this it was amazingdelicious. The magic of the izakaya!
Apr. 9th, 2009 02:13 pm (UTC)
Fun pictures! And yeah, Seattle's kind of awesome. I need to get back out there at some point...

You're not actually moving to Seattle, are you?
Apr. 9th, 2009 07:32 pm (UTC)
I am! This summer, when our lease is up. Mid July!
Apr. 9th, 2009 07:50 pm (UTC)
Wow! Awesome! I will have to say hi the next time I am in town! And say goodbye before you leave!

So many people are leaving Boston this and next year...
Apr. 9th, 2009 03:39 pm (UTC)
OMG, the zoo girl bought her socks from Socko! I just know it!!

I understand why Spencer lives there. It does seem very arty.

Lovely pictures - especially all that amazing food - you made me want to go on an eating tour of the city!
Apr. 9th, 2009 07:33 pm (UTC)
I am totally gonna look for a Culinary Adventurers Club to join or something. There is SO much good food!!
Apr. 9th, 2009 04:00 pm (UTC)
Glad you enjoyed it! You picked a really beautiful weekend to visit.

Do you remember what the name of the izakaya was?

My office building is across the street from Uwajimaya (the grocery/food court in the International District). It's awesome.
Apr. 9th, 2009 04:36 pm (UTC)
The izakaya was Kaname. And you, sir, are a lucky man to work right across the street from there.
Apr. 9th, 2009 07:33 pm (UTC)
Apr. 9th, 2009 08:46 pm (UTC)
Heh, my temporary housing during '05 was in Uwajimaya Village, right above the store. It was a bit too noisy for us.
Apr. 9th, 2009 10:08 pm (UTC)
Sounds like you had fun! :) Although I'll have you know all that good looking food now has me really, really hungry for some Asian noodles. And to think that I passed them up for a hamburger just this afternoon. *headdesk*

I love Seattle. Especially Seattle when it's not raining! It is very artsy, it has the best bagels in the world (and coffee, but I'm not a huge coffee fan), and yes! The zoo is amazing!

Anyway, welcome back! ♥
Apr. 14th, 2009 08:34 am (UTC)
It's so weird that you're moving to the town that my grandparents used to take us to play in!! SOOO WEEEEIRD. But I am glad that someone will leave near the troll. He gets lonely.

Did you see the fish huckers at Pike Place? My grandparents live right near the ferry dock on Alaskan Way (across from the aquarium of ottery delight).

Also the big sculpture is part of the sculpture garden that opened up a few years ago when they shut down the trolley (which is why those tracks are empty and sad now). It's really neat! You should go when you finally make the move over there.
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