Fish, Friends and Fireworks
My Independence Day weekend was absolutely fabulous!
After hastily changing all of my lone travel plans and instead getting a lift with some new friends, I headed to Seattle last saturday morning. To give you a minute-by-minute account of all that happened would take far too long, but I hope I can give you some of my personal highlights.
Seattle is a wonderful city, sitting on a huge harbour in a bay, looking out at the Olympic Mountains to the Northwest and South to Mt Rainier. Now I'm a city lover at the best of times, and after the quiet of Richland, I was ready to take in the delights of Seattle to their full value. We bought city passes, giving us free entry to the Space Needle, the Aquarium, the Sci-fi Museum/Experience Music Project, and a free hour-long harbour cruise.
As well as seeing fish in the Aquarium, the Pike Place Market on the harbour front featured a huge fish market, in which your fish order is literally thrown from person to person to speed up the selling process. Inspired by so much seafood splendour, I had my first taste of scallops at the fabulous Earth and Ocean restaurant on the first night (verdict: delicious), followed by my first oyster the following evening (verdict: revolting!).
The weekend was finished off on Monday evening with a 4th of July firework display. We headed to GasWorks Park, where we ate fried chicken and waffle fries and waited for the sun to set. Just before the fireworks began, the American National Anthem was played through enormous speakers. For me, standing in the dark evening on the edge of a lake, surrounded by hundreds of people all standing in silence or singing along with the Star-Spangled Banner was one of the best moments from the whole trip. That, and forty minutes of the best fireworks I have ever seen finished off a truly unforgettable weekend.