Samstag, 6. September 2008

Just one Day in the Emerald City

So, after yesterday was kind of unexciting (I opened a bank account,did some shopping AND I got my new lenses from bhphoto before I cooked some tasty pancakes), I decided that after a week, it was finally time to go downtown:

The place to start is of course Pike Place Market, the huge market down at the waterfront that serves to catch all the tourists

with loads of seafood (and occasionally flying / thrown fish),


and all other kind of food and nitbits. Some "artists" like Parrot Guy,

who trained his parrot to drop dead when one points at him with his finger and shoots, are of course trying to get a share of that tourist money coming in.

From there, my trip went to the International District. In Chinatown I had some really yummy Honey-Sesame Chicken,

before I left to walk towards Pioneer Square. I definitely need to do the Underground tour again, because that was so much fun last time! On Pioneer Square I caught another guy with his birds... but it doesn't look like they are trained... or even tame.

For friends of Celtic (or Scottish) tradition, Pioneer Square has a (new I guess?) fantastic store. Utilikilt. It has kilts of all kinds and an asortment of shirts to go with them:

I refreshed myself in one of the numerous Starbucks (you might just think that stuff was invented here ;-)) with a Chai Tea

and went on towards the REI store and could just keep myself from falling into a shopping frenzy. I finally got a new sleeping bag, though. Onwardsw I went, to the Seattle icon: the Space Needle.

I didn't feel the need to go up, I'll be having plenty of time when I'm being visited, so I went on to the waterfront to Peer 70 for another beautiful sunset. There, I also found Seattle's version of the Manneken Pis...

only it seems he has been holding it the 300 years that Brussels was faster building the statue.

With a last shot of the Skyline, I roamed the city in search of my bus and finally found it, some time after dark (glad to be out of town!)

Mittwoch, 3. September 2008

Constructing a New Life

So, today has been much better than yesterday. I went back to the UW, but I tooks things a little easier and got a lot more done. In between I had time to relax and enjoy some... eh.. interesting campus art:
On my way home (with a short stop at the Mall to finally buy my watch), I finally got a chance to take a picture of why Americans are so terrified by any major disruption of the weather like hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes and what not. To quote an infamous and unknown German but kind of foreign constructor: "Ich nix bauen Haus, das fressen Maus".

Speaking of the weather: sunny days so far: 5; really cloudy days so far: 1; rainy days in the city where it is supposedly raining all the time: ZERO!

Dienstag, 2. September 2008

The Sistine Library

Today I went to the UW to get to some offices and do the check-in.

My overall day felt pretty useless, but I did encounter some more of UW's gorgeous facilities. Check out the reading room of the main library - or as I am tempted to call it: the Sistine Library. It could however use some marble on the floor!

Montag, 1. September 2008

Labor Day

Labor Movement - "the guys who brought you the weekend".

So most people are supposed to not work on this day. Gives them time to draw funny signs I guess. Or maybe that's very deeprooted "American" culture?

Anyway, since I still don't have a bike on my own, I borrowed Elaine's to use the day and go to the local locks that connect Salmon Bay (fresh water) and Pudget Sound (salt water). From there I went to the harbor and was just fascinated how perfect this city is concerning living conditions.
Funny enough travel sickness caught me and I just longed to take a boat out to the ocean. Then of course I had to go back to Sunset Hill again, just for it's awesomeness.

Sonntag, 31. August 2008

Sunset Hill

Just when I thought this would be a day without a post, beautiful Sunset Hill came along. I'm not commenting any further, the pictures tell the story:

The park has an awesome view on the Pudget Sound bay and you can see all the Olympic mountains on the Olympic island. It is beautiful.

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