Day 1: Seattle – The Emerald City
After arriving at SeaTac International Airport, we are so enthusiastic to take a light rail up to downtown Seattle, or The Emerald City, and strolled down to the waterfront hotel which is right across the street from the cruise terminal to spend 2 days. We got to walk through the Pike Place Market with our 3 luggage and 2 backpacks – it’s a great work out and no reason to spend $50-$100 for a taxi ride one way.
Upon reaching our hotel for check in, I was asked to show my government badge to prove my employment status and to get a room rate discount, I floored realizing that I totally forgot my badge because the room rate was $350 a night but the rate I’m supposed to get was $156 a night. Thanks to the power of camera-enabled smartphone, we had to ask one of our relatives back home to take the picture and send it over via text. Problem solved and got the discount rate. But I think this is better because I don’t have to worry about carrying or losing my badge on the trip.
After going into our room, dropping off the luggage, and changed clothes, we went out to Pike Place Market only to find that the path up to the market from the waterfront is like a maze but we found a way up there. But we found something else that was totally unexpected – the gum wall – an hidden gem of Seattle.
We grabbed late lunch at a small Turkish restaurant in Pike Place Market area, it brought back my memories where I used to frequent on weekends when I lived in Italy. I love Turkish kebabs, it is a quick-filling lunch. My wife, Michelle, had kebab and lentil soup. I had lentil soup as well and they’re great. I wish I remember the name of the place but it is Turkish restaurant at the end of Pike Place Market across the street from the waterfront park.
Later in the evening, we met up with an old friend of mine from high school whom they mentioned about the play, SOUND, which is based on an estranged deaf divorced father who strongly opposed the notion of having his deaf daughter getting a cochlear implant. The deaf daughter’s mother, who’s not deaf, thought that cochlear implant would be beneficial for her daughter. It is a fantastic, very inclusive theater I’ve ever been to. I felt their emotions. SOUND was very emotional and political. The following show, we were invited to the cast party and socialized with the cast and my old friend.
We hit up the Waterfront Ferris Wheel on the pier the following play so we can appreciate the night lights. Michelle didn’t enjoy my teasing when I told her that the Ferris Wheel will detach to roll up the downtown Seattle and then roll back down to the pier prior reattaching.
What a gorgeous, sunny day in Seattle and we were fortunate to have a sunny day and beautiful temperature.