Sleepless in Seattle
When you look in the “Lonely Planet” or any other guide book dealing with the USA, you will find many great things to do in the Pacific Northwest. You will not, however, find a single entry on the town of Tacoma, Washington. Most books merely mention it because it lends its name to the major airport that serves Seattle. We found ourselves intentionally heading to this blank spot on the tourist trail. Why, you ask? Joel had the pleasure of being sent there as a young university graduate to work for the city of Tacoma. He enjoyed his time there and was eager to show us what exactly we were missing out on. As it so happened, we were arriving on the eve of one of Joel’s friend’s birthdays. Tristan was celebrating his 28th
birthday and he invited us along for the ride. They hadn’t seen each other in 10 years so a large amount of reminiscing was in store for Lisa and I. This was quite exciting for me because I got to hear a few embarrassing stories from Joel’s past. We ended up heading to the Silverstone for a little disco boogie before abandoning our friends for some well needed sleep. The next day, we stopped off to see my cousin Sarah who lives in Puyallup, which is about 20 minutes from Tacoma. It was her son Caleb’s 2nd
birthday. We had a great catch-up all afternoon. Before we left, she loaded us up with a bunch of food, which was awesome and a bottle of moonshine, which is a little scary. Nick, we are a little scared to get stuck into it. I’ll let you know how it goes. For our stay in Seattle, we rented an apartment right on Capitol Hill, which is where I used to live. We got settled into our digs and Joel had us immediately out and about again. We were going to his friend Paul’s house for another catch up. We had another great night and met some great people. We promised Lisa that we would do some sightseeing, so after a lazy morning; we went out to explore Seattle. We were blessed with the most beautiful couple of days that I have ever seen in Seattle. We walked down to the iconic Pikes Place Market for a look around. Before heading back to Capitol Hill, we scoped out a little shopping for Lisa, which she was very excited about. The next day was a very long day of sightseeing. We walked to the Space Needle, where you can go to the top and have a beautiful view of the city and environs. Lisa and Joel went to the top. I did not. Afterwards, we went to EMP (Experience Music Project), which we had very low hopes for. We were all extremely and pleasantly surprised. There are lots of interactive exhibits and we laughed the entire time we were in there. We ended our day in the city doing some shopping and then heading to another viewing platform at the Columbia centre. Our plan for the night was to have a quiet dinner with one of Joel’s friends on Capitol Hill and then an early night to bed. It’s funny how this never seems to work out for us. Especially, the night before 14 hour drives. Joel decided that he couldn’t possibly come to Seattle and not see his friend Paul’s bar. We said okay, but we would go for just one drink and then head home. I’m still not really sure how it happened, but the next thing I know, it was 3am and we were at a karaoke bar. Once again, oops. Thanks for the great time Seattle. UPDATE: Hi guys, Joel here. We’ve created a fantastic travel website designed to inspire your next destination. For another perspective on Seattle, check it out.