DAY 69: Seattle, Washington
Miles traveled: 8,884
States visited: 22
Weather: 71, mostly cloudy
In Seattle my couchsurfing host is Michael, who has been terrific at showing me around the city. On my first night in town we grabbed food at an Afghan restaurant called Kabul. I’ve never eaten Afghan before, but it was tasty – I had vegetables in a spicy sauce with rice covered with carrots and raisins, served with flatbread.
Then it was off to Gas Works Park, a former gas plant that is now a park with a great view of downtown Seattle. There was a small group of people here doing some chanting and meditating. They served as unwitting fodder for a few snapshots.
Seattle has a bridge with a giant troll underneath it. Michael said this was created several years ago as part of some art project. When we visited, a theater group was rehearsing its show in front of the troll.
There’s also a 16-foot tall statue of the Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin that used to stand in Czechoslovakia but somehow made its way to the Fremont area of Seattle after the fall of the USSR. Worship the evil dictator!
I saw a car here with only three wheels.
Seattle is very much on the shortlist of places I’m considering moving to, so over the next couple of days I’ll make an effort to visit key neighborhoods like Capitol Hill, Fremont, Wallingford, and Ballard. I want to talk to people, research rent figures, and really get a sense of whether this could be home.
We took the ferry to Bainbridge Island.
More to come from here in the next few days!