Seattle is gorgeous - brilliant green, trees growing on rooftops, funky walkways built into cliffs while traffic flows over the bridges that span the whole thing. It's a vibrant and slightly surreal place that is at once energetic and laid-back. And then there is that ocean. God I love being back at the ocean!
Things I learned after one day in Seattle:
- my hair is really really big in Seattle and sports the fiercest ringlets in the history of my hair.
- Phil Collins apparently once flew on a Concorde, as did Rod Stewart's hairdresser. We of course, toured the Concorde at the Museum of Flight whilst singing Flight of the Conchords songs.
- there is no skim milk in America. But there is non-fat.
- Seattle is a very walkable city because there is always something that you must see in the next block, something slightly hidden under that canopy of trees. So you keep walking.
- my friend Harrison has the most awesome laugh - a really machine gun burst of joviality. I think the man lives to laugh.
- sea otters are way bigger than river otters and, if this is even possible, are even cuter and funnier too. What a bunch of showoff otters they have at the Seattle Aquarium!
Our hotel room is perfect and we have an amazing view of both the space needle and the Experience Music building which looks disturbingly like a multi-coloured collapsed fungus. And our window even opens, just like a real window.
- it doesn't matter if it rains because it's a nice rain (so far anyway).
- Seattle is way hillier than I expected it to be and we got way more exercise yesterday than we expected to. I suspect the same thing will happen today when we tour Seattle Centre and the Experience Music Project.
- the Resident Offspring had to warn me to stop feeling all the plants we passed by, with the threat that I would eventually touch something that would give me a rash and then I would be sorry. But it's really hard to resist when you have just arrived from a place where the grass is now brown and crunchy and the leaves are already turning yellow. Those lush succulent plants are just begging to be touched.
- there are just as many Starbucks in Seattle as there are in Calgary, but today I will be searching for some independent coffee houses. Yesterday it was beer.
- hanging out in the hotel room, eating some pretty fine pizza and drinking wine you bought at the corner store while watching Simon Whitfield come from behind to take the silver in triathlon, on a CBC station, is the perfect way to end the first day in Seattle.
One more sleep till Radiohead, two more till I get to hug the crap out of Michelle and Harrison and family. I am conflicted as to which is more exciting.