Seattle Day One: “Wait… Seattle is a city?? Who knew!”
After 34 hours on the train, Dustin and I arrived in Seattle around 9pm on Tuesday night (5/27). After collecting our bikes (everything arrived in one piece; yay!), putting the peddles and handlebars back together, reepacking our panniers, and ditching our giant hilarious suitcases in a place where they were least likely to be mistaken for explosive devices, we walked our bikes with my long-lost Michigan friend turned Seattleite, Tony, from King Street Station to his house in Capital Hill.
Walking to Tony’s house it struck me suddenly that Seattle is kind of the Chicago of the Pacific Northwest; it’s a big-ass city. Why did I not realize this before? No shit Seattle is a city! Duh… Somehow, I did not realize this before. I think I imagined it more like Humboldt/Eureka and less like Chicago/New York.
I’m so glad we’re here. It’s giving us some time to really feel out the city and envision ourselves living/working here.
Now — writing from what is technically Seattle full-day number two — here are some thoughts and first impressions of the place:
1) If everyone thinks you’r’e “weird” in Georgia, move to Seattle. Everyone is “weird” here. It’s like a giant liberal melting pot. I’ve seen so much dyed hair and nose rings I can’t help but have Ben Fold’s “Underground” in my head all the time. It’s truly a liberal goulash (“melting pot” seemed too narrow here).
2) Cycle communting, smoking and fashion tights seems to be a rampant part of the cultlure here. At any one time you can look around and see someone smoking a cigarette (with or without coffee), a girl in zaney fashion tights, or an Ortileb pannier. The former I could take or leave; the latter I am really excited about.
3) Kickball, Dodge ball, bike polo… oh my! If you’re into non-traditional sports Capital Hill is the place to be. I saw some guys practicing their dodge ball moves yesterday and Tony says they have giant pick-up games with 40+ people sometimes. (I also saw a giant kickball game happening and a bike polo game, if you didn’t gather that from the headline..)
4) I found the door that goes to John Malkovich’s brain in Tony’s apartment building today. It’s everything I’d hoped it would be:
5) The park’s arre nice here and the squirrels are fat and unafraid.
Today we have it on our agenda to visit the University of Washington (a university Dustin is considering for his undergrad), and we’re going to see the Central District where I hear they have really excellent Ethiopian food (which I am reeeeeeeeally into). I also hear the Central District is a little less batshit crazy, so I’m interested to see that other side of the city.
Friday I’m going to a Yoga class at the Seattle Yoga Studio and then we’re planning to take a trip to Vashon island to see a straw bale house.