So this past week I traveled to the other side of the continent with 14 students (and two other adults) to a little town called Seattle. It was lovely there, the weather cooperated beautifully, making sun every day but the Friday when we left. We did many, many things, even though we stayed in a relatively small section of the city. Here is a recap of some of them.
First, our hostel was right next door to Pike Place Market, where it seems you can find a little bit of everything. There were fresh baked goods and fruit for breakfast every morning, and many seafood vendors throwing fish. There were artists and retro memorabilia. And even a yarn shop!
So Much Yarn was a nice airy shop with lots of light. I got there after closing, but as it was a knit night, they were nice enough to let me in for a short time to knit with them. I wish I could have stayed a bit longer!
Next, we spent a lot of time at Seattle Center, where there was the Space Needle, Chihuly Gardens, the Science Center, and the EMP Museum. The International Fountain was a big hit as well, a nice resting place to cool off between tours.
Speaking of tours, we did one of the Seattle Underground, which was created when the city decided to raise the roads and thus the street level so all the second floors became the first floor for buildings in downtown Seattle after it burned. It was very interesting to see the remains and hear the stories about how this came to be.
We had many more adventures at the Aquarium, riding the Great Wheel, and visiting Tillicum Village, a recreated Native Northwest American village where we watched traditional dances and heard stories from tribesmen. I got the closest to being in the out-of-doors there, but one of my students had to go to the bathroom about a few hundred feet along the trail.
Overall my favorite part was just talking to people and learning from them, about their history, about their experiences, and so forth. The only part that I found disappointing was the Science Fiction/Fantasy display at the EMP. It was just a few cases with copies of books and some props from shows, when they could have done so much more to share this genre with people. However the entire trip was a good one, and I hope I can go back to Seattle or the surrounding area some day on my own to explore!