In the final leg of my travelling madness, I am now in the United States!
We got in three days ago. As part of my ongoing stress and anxiety I didn’t advertise my arrival, partially for a complete lack of time, and partially because I was worried that it was all going to go terribly wrong. I’m here for my cousin’s wedding, but this time I was travelling with my boyfriend who, as a Romanian, needs a visa to get into the country.
Given the current political climate, I was very worried that despite having all of his documentation in order that they wouldn’t let him into the country. Luckily it all went relatively smoothly, they let me stand in line with him so that I could calmly answer all of the border agent’s extremely aggressive questions, and we picked up our car and drove into Seattle.
We’re staying in the suburbs, as that is where my family lives. But we decided that we’re taking the opportunity to turn this into a proper vacation. My boyfriend has never been to the States, so the plan is to get a taste of the West Coast, ending the holiday in Las Vegas.
On Wednesday we decided to have our “city” day, so we drove into Seattle. We had a stroll down the waterfront, ending in Pike’s Market where we stopped at Matt’s in the Market for some gorgeous oysters, then we walked back up to the Seattle center.
As a kid, going to the science museum was my favorite thing in the world. However, with not much time to linger we just walked around and, of course, took a ride up to the top of the Space Needle.
Unfortunately, smoke from forest fires in Canada made the horizon a lot more hazy than it normally is. Still, it was a pretty impressive view.
I also like how the Seattle center is designed to be seen from above.
Those are not 3D sculptures. They’re just painted on the roof of that building.
All in all, we enjoyed walking around Seattle. Downtown is dynamic and charming, despite the mass of tourists, and th Seattle center is relaxing and fun to lounge around in. However, it is also true that, unless you are particularly interested in tech or modern architecture, modern cities tend to not hold Europeans’ interest for long. So the next day was “nature day”, and natural beauty is something that the Pacific North West has to offer in spades.
To be continued.