Seattle, Washington

My first ever trip to Seattle, Washington was in May of 2011.  I was here to participate in an Ethnography clinic for work. We would travel to people’s homes, interview them, and then spend some time driving around with them on one of their regular daily outings.  It was actually very insightful and made me even more interested in clinical research.  But, the other highlight was that on our breaks I would get time to explore the amazing city of Seattle.

Seattle view from Space Needle

Seattle view from Space Needle

The architecture of this city is amazing.  The vine-covered building had a great cafe in the basement where I bought a croissant.  All morning I walked along the water and then back through the city and just took photo after photo of amazingly built buildings with incredible ornamentation at the top of them.  How the heck does this building even stay standing with all the weight at the top–>

 Pike Place Market 

The Pure Food Fish Market was a hot bed of activity.  I even saw them throwing the fish.  Very smelly but, lots of fun to watch!  I grabbed a snack from the market and did a little souvenir shopping.  While walking through Pike Place I actually saw the very first Starbucks (1912).  Not being a fan of coffee I didn’t go in but, everyone else was lined up to get in there and were more than ready to spend lots of money for a cup of coffee. If you ever want a fun city that is easy to maneuver around, this is the place to go.  Lots of crazy people and places to experience, including the pig outside Pike’s Place where you can get lunch and the entire wall of a building in Post Alley covered in bubble gum!Post-Alley

Seattle Aquarium

Views from Seattle Aquarium

I had 30 minutes for lunch one afternoon and I really wanted to see the Seattle Aquarium.  I heard that this was a must see.  Surprisingly, I did make it through the whole aquarium and still made it back to work on time.  The fish were beautiful and quite colorful.  I spent a lot of time outside the aquarium watching the otters play plus enjoying the sunshine.  The highlight of the Seattle Aquarium is the Giant Octopus and that is the one animal I didn’t see.  I don’t know how I missed it.  I must have turned right when I should have turned left.  Bummer!Next Time!

Does this building look familiar?  It is the backdrop for Grey’s Anatomy.  I can almost see McDreamy walking out of this building in his hospital scrubs…

The bottom next two pictures were a window display for a clothing store.  My mom would have loved to see all these old Singer sewing machines all on display.  This was like a blast from the past.  My mom had one of the old table top sewing machines with the foot pedal.  Not as old as these but, just as memorable.

Tacoma Narrows Bridge

The original Tacoma Narrows Bridge opened on July 1, 1940. It received its nickname “Galloping Gertie” because of the vertical movement of the deck observed by construction workers during windy conditions. The bridge became known for its pitching deck, and collapsed into Puget Sound the morning of November 7, 1940, under high wind conditions.
Knowing the history, it was a bit discerning driving over this bridge.

I was only in Seattle for a couple of days but, I jammed packed everything I possibly could in every spare minute I had.  I so want to go back here some time and actually walk through the city at a more relaxed pace than I did.  The good thing is that this city is one of the easiest to get to from the airport.  There is a train that drops you off right downtown for only a couple of dollars and everything is within walking distance.  Definitely a must do for a long weekend!

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  1. Jennifer

    Looks great! I remember these places when I went in July 2000. Did you see any buildings damaged in their earthquake? They probably have repaired them by now.

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