I had a week off in between terms and I wanted to go to Seattle to visit my dad, so I went. (All by myself!)
That’s how grown-ups do things, isn’t it? Guise am I adulting right or nah?
August 29: Arrival
Flying over Montana (on fire) | Airplane cookie
After exiting the plane, I immediately got lost in the airport. In my defense 1) SeaTac is kind of huge, and 2) all the in-game maps tell me where I’m at on the map, but the map on the website wasn’t doing that. Tl;dr: I realized there would be an entrance near where they sold the tickets and entrances often double as exits, so followed the signs that said “ticketing” until I found some doors. (This is why it’s important to encourage critical thinking btw.)
I met up with my dad, we took the Link light rail to the Capitol Hill Station, and walked like 8 or 12 blocks to his apartment. (This is one of the reasons why I try to travel carry-on only btw.) After I dropped my shit off, we went up the hill to Blue Moon Burger and I betrayed my generation by not photographing my food, or the restaurant, or otherwise commemorating the experience. (Shame! Shaaame!)
August 31: Woodland Park Zoo
On Friday, me and my dad decided to go to the zoo. First, we made the mistake of going downtown because that’s where we needed to transfer from one bus to another. It was a mistake because downtown was busier than I think I’ve ever seen it, and neither of us could figure out why Labor Day weekend had drawn such a crowd… until I noticed a not insignificant amount of people wearing badges around their necks and—oh fuck me we had gone into downtown during PAX (I had forgotten that was going to be happening because I’m just a fucking casual). There was so much PUBG hype going on, I almost talked to strangers, and I never do that.
Fortunately, the crowds at the zoo were significantly smaller.
Penguins on Penguin Poo Rock | Penguin | Penguin | Penguin
We saw penguins!
Flamingos | Hippo :D
Gorgeous Komodo dragon statue | Gorgeous Komodo dragon skull | Gorgeous Komodo dragon| Another one of the Komodo skull
And this handsome boy!
(That statue was mostly accurate, and to scale, and I loved the mosaic on its back, and I barely managed to snap a couple shots before it was descended upon by a pack of fucking children—but that sort of thing tends to happen if you go to the zoo on a holiday weekend, so.)
September 3: Ivar’s, the waterfront, Bremerton
Seattle Waterfront | Ivar’s sign | Ivar’s fried oysters & chips, fish & chips | Ivar’s in neon
Visits to Ivar’s at the waterfront are basically mandatory. I had fried oysters for the first time, they’re very good: less chewy than other mollusks but the same sort of flavor. I think I prefer the fried clams? The fried fish is also very good. (Who am I kidding? Everything at Ivar’s is good. GO TO IVAR’S AND EAT ALL THE THINGS.)
Seattle skyline (view from a ferry) | Harborside Fountain Park fountain | Fritz fries | Harborside Fountain Park bench
We took the ferry over to Bremerton just to go to this German fry house. I’m not kidding. The fries are some of the best I’ve ever had (full disclosure: I like my fries thicc) and they have probably 2 dozen sauce options, including weird shit like Thai peanut, and curry mayo like me and my dad got, along with standard things like ketchup and fry sauce. (Yes, we ate french fries twice in one day. What can I say? We’re part Irish.)
After the fries, we walked around Harborside Fountain Park until the ferry back to Seattle was ready to go. It’s a really nice park with a lot of fountains, and carved rocks, and a beautiful view of the Sound.
September 4: Departure
Flying over Seattle at night | Space Needle (view from a ferry)
Not counting the travel days, I had about a week in Seattle, and I came back home in time to get my first week of the term school assignments in on deadline, even though I was more or less 3 days short on the first week. (One definite point in favor of online school: flexibility.)
Gloomy sky | Apartment building | King Street Station | Space Needle at night | Skyscrapers
Goodbye, Seattle! I <3 you!