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Seattle Weekend

It was a very last minute trip, but I just got back from two days in Seattle. Less than 24 hours after returning from my Christmas trip home to visit my family, I was departing on another mini-adventure with my friend Jordan.

It was a very casual and enjoyable trip. We left Friday night and had no real agenda for the weekend. The main objective was to visit some of Jordan’s friends from Victoria who just happened to have gone down to Seattle for New Year. Jordan and I managed to be staying in separate hotels thanks to the somewhat random nature of Hotwire, the online hotel booking service. Cheap, but you don’t know which hotel until after you pay. That aside, we were close enough that it wasn’t an issue.

Friday night we arrived fairly late, but that didn’t stop us from joining Jordan’s friends for drinks on Capitol Hill. At one point I left Jordan and his male friend’s out drinking to walk the women back to their hotel (which was the same as mine as it turned out). Saturday involved a lot of walking. I started off on my own taking some photos. Then I met up with Jordan and we walked to Pike Place Market where we met everyone else for brunch. Afterwards we made a slow climb through Seattle until we got to the REI flagship store. Massive. After that coffee, then more shopping. More walking, Starbucks, walking, shopping, then back to the hotel. After some relaxing and napping, we met up for dinner at Wild Ginger a location recommended by Jordan’s friends. It was really quite tasty. If you like a variety of Asian cuisine, then this is certainly a restaurant worth trying.

Jordan’s friend were leaving early Sunday, so we were on our own. After brunch in an Irish pub called Fadó, we decided to do Bill Speidel’s Underground Tour. I highly recommend this if you are visiting the city. Not only do they regale you with the history of the city, but they do it in a pleasantly funny manner. Then you are taken to three different parts of the old underground. It is quite fascinating. After the tour we collected our stuff and headed towards the border. We stopped at a Target along the way for a bit of cross-border shopping. Unfortunately the worst part of the trip was the insane snow/sleet/freezing rain storm we hit just after crossing back into Canada. There were cars stuck spinning their tires all over the place. There were definitely a few hairy moments, but we all made it back safely. Despite this city’s lack of preparedness and inability to drive in this weather, we didn’t see any accidents. A few stuck cars yes, but nothing more really. I’m sure that there will be, or has been some issues, but I hope that people have enough sense to stay off the roads if at all possible.

You can see my photos from the weekend on Flickr.

January 4, 2009

Successful excursion

I am now back in line at the border, this time lingering in the US, which is never preferrable. We are at a different crossing, in the hopes it would be faster which is what the Internet lead me to believe. Only it doesn’t seem to be the case.

The soccer game was great, Canada played really well and for a while it was tied at one, then two. The final score was 3-2 for Brazil, but it was fun anyway. Afterwards we stopped off at Merchant’s Cafe, which is apparently the oldest bar on the west coast. After Jordan won a number of games of pool against a random assortment of patrons we went off in search of some food.

We tried a couple of places before we found Il Bistro. At this point we were 11 people. Finding something that had space and was serving food wasn’t easy. But we lucked out in the end, taking advantage of a late happy hour with cheap app-sized pastas and a nice four-cheese pizza. We continued on drinking and it was around 1:30 before we called it a night and ended up back at the hotel.

After a slow morning, we all met up again at a coffee shop on Capital hill and experienced what coffee was meant to be. We ended up leaving after that, saying goodbye to the rest of our party. And that is where you find me—writing this on my Blackberry still waiting to reach the border.

June 1, 2008

Seattle bound

I am currently sitting in a Chrysler Sebring convertible stopped admist miles of vehicles. I am waiting to get across the border into the US for our weekend trip to Seattle. I’m not sure how I feel about driving in the back of a convertible on major highways, but it is nice to be out in the open during this nice day just waiting in the car.

We are heading to a soccer game tonight between Canada and Brazil. And at this rate we might just make it. ;) Hopefully I’ll have some more photos when I get back tomorrow night.

May 31, 2008

Weather

Bermuda: 15°C
Halifax: 0.3°C

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