1. It’s a place with lots of quirky touches.
I knew something was up with Seattle on my second trip on the light rail and I noticed this.
Playing cards flashing by me in the light rail. From here I knew I was visiting a city with humor. Seattle has all kinds of small touches like this all over the city, and my daily commutes were always met with something strange or different.
2. There is always something to do.
I only made one plan for my visit to Seattle (eat at Five Point), and otherwise, knew very little about it. Stephanie acted as my tour guide, taking me to neighborhoods that are important, but other than that, we just kind of freestyled every single day. “Oh, that store’s open? Let’s go inside.” “This looks like an interesting place, let’s go inside. Our friend Seth, after we relayed our days to him said, “This stuff never happens to me when I wander around Seattle. I have never been to a soda tasting.” So maybe it was just the charisma of Stephanie and I? Nonetheless, wherever we went, we found something to see (like a belly dance festival) or something to do (like learn about the fascinating world of building robot models for a half hour).
3. There is also always something to buy.
This is something I love and hate about any city. I love souvenirs, and when vendors see my face, they just know that I can be exploited! Spending more than a moment at Pike Place Market or any of the small businesses around Seattle, and I inevitably end up buying something. Click on the souvenir haul tag and you’ll know what I’m talking about. Seattle, as a result, can get a little expensive, and there is apparently a growing debate on the minimum wage. Either way, in Seattle, I found an assortment of things to buy from cultures all around the world. Wallets sold by an Egyptian in the style of ancient hieroglyphics, Russian candies, Brazilian Guarana (and BOY do I love Guarana), coin jewelry sold by a man from Peru, and so on. Whatever you want, you can probably find it in Seattle.
*And don’t forget to check out their thrift stores. Lots of great records, costume jewelry, and clothing.
This one is strange, so bear with me. Seattle is a dog city. You see dogs everywhere. There are more dogs in Seattle than children (which, by the way, I didn’t see too many of). It is at once, disconcerting and intriguing. I love/hate this about Seattle because one, I have a visceral reaction when I see dogs in places that dogs shouldn’t be- like restaurants, malls, and food courts. I immediately think, “Why did you think it was appropriate to bring Fido here? We’re eating here? I have allergies!” On the other hand,
5. The food.
I never ate anything I didn’t like in Seattle. I loved everything.
6. The people.
used to the never-ending rain.