Swell times in Seattle

We assumed crossing into the USA for a 3 month period for personal travel would have instigated a rather thorough line of questioning and perhaps even a vehicle search. We aren’t sure whether we have our travel history or pale complexion to thank, but the crossing was quick and painless.

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See, it’s Seattle.

In Seattle we spent five days with Dan’s ex-Waterloo roommate Ilya and his fiancée Erin. We had a fantastic visit, balancing tons of great meals with some local culture, a little bit of exercise, and just enough Hulu/Netflix to get us through another few weeks of camping.

On our first night we caught the “witch rock” band Hex from New Zealand playing a small but solid show at The Funhouse (https://witchesofthehex.bandcamp.com/). On Friday we attended a burlesque show at The Can Can, featuring some rather complex and acrobatic choreography, and a lady who wrote a song from the Twilight movie (http://www.thecancan.com/). Saturday we spent the afternoon at the Museum of Popular Culture, checking out their horror and sci-fi collections, the Nirvana exhibit, and tested our musical muscle memory in the Sound Lab.

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Ilya and Erin guided us to amazing restaurants for eggs benedict, Malaysian food, tacos, real pork broth ramen, and local oysters. In hopes of burning at least a few calories, on Friday we spent the afternoon wandering Discovery Park.

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Courtesy of Ilya’s drone.

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From there we checked out the Ballard Locks, which features a salmon ladder that simulates the upstream journey for the pacific salmon. Along with the nearby crowd, we cheered whenever a fish was able to make the jump up to the next level.

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We also hopped over to Fremont Brewery to fill up our growler – they have taken the lead in the race for cheapest growler fill at $8. Wendy soon discovered that the Fremont Troll, of 10 Things I Hate About You fame, was nearby. A quick photo stop was mandatory.

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On Sunday we wandered the Ballard farmer’s market, got drenched in a brief downpour, and then tried out virtual reality games for the first time!

 

Our last night in Seattle was on a Sunday, so… Grilled Cheese Sunday! Diavolo Grilled Cheese version 2: hot Calabrese salami, pickled hot peppers, pizza sauce, and mozzarella and cheddar and gruyere cheeses on rosemary bread!

 

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