Seattle and Chicago
03.10.2013 - 08.10.2013 17 °C
The flights from Canada were super expensive so we took the option of bussing to Seattle in order to get an internal US flight. This was far more friendly to the ol wallet and as luck would have it our buddies Jam and Lauren had recently moved there.
With only a couple of days to pack in some of the great things this city has to offer, we had to choose wisely.
We actually did not find this by chance but went looking for it on our first day!
We had heard great things about the Boeing factory tour so we asked Jam if he could have a “take your buddies to work day” and hitched a lift with him. The tour was awesome. The Boeing factory is the biggest building in the world by volume. It is in fact so big that they had their own weather system inside the building (before air conditioning). We got told it actually snowed in there once, were they lying to us? We unfortunately were not allowed to take any photos so have a couple of not very impressive photos to show for it, but believe us when we say that it was cool!
I still dream of being a pilot.... Apparently my deaf Right ear deems me unfit so I have to pretend
Massive factory to the left and a dreamlifter to the right - it is a plane to carry planes - wowsers
Also on the list of must see’s were
1. The World’s first Starbucks (this was not high up the list but we were just passing by).
2. Music museum – Home of Jimi Hendrix and Nirvana exhibits (they were from Seattle)
3. The Gum wall.
4. Fish throwing at the public markets (to be seen on video yet to be made)
The original starbucks with a crazy massive line of weirdos
Large sculpture made of guitars in appreciation of Seattles music scene
View of the needle
Public market where they throw fish and where you can find the gum wall.
I would not be parking my bike here
A cool building.
We had a really good time hanging out with The Pattertans for the couple of days we had there. Seattle’s newest locals had already done the hard work and sussed out some fabulous eateries, which we totally loved. We ate wonderful food and were fortunate enough to hang out with the newest member of their family – Sumo the Pug!
Cuddles with the baby
Sweet game of Polo - on bikes. Pre-requisites are that you need to be a hipster with a single speed
Next stop on the itinerary was a three-day stint in Chicago. This was never on our list but we had heard such great things that we decided that as it was on the way to the East coast where our flight for the UK was leaving from, it was feasible to arrange a little stopover.
We Air BnB’d again in Bronzeville, which was a 15-minute train trip from the CBD. We were staying in a predominantly black neighbourhood which was great – primarily for the cuisine available. We feasted on Fried Chicken and Waffles like all the locals were doing and had a fab time.
We spent the majority of our time in the CBD or in the Museums of which there are many. Chicago was super awesome and is somewhere we would love to come back to.
Our activities included:
1. Architectural walking tour – super awesome buildings and where skyscrapers were first built
2. The Bean
3. John Hancock Observation building.
4. Academy of sciences (Best museum EVER)
5. Navy Pier (Avoid)
6. Ate Popcorn – cheese and caramel
Elevated train platforms in the rain are cool
Famous Chicago sign in the theatre district
More of the bean blending in with the sky
Saw some sweet buildings in the Architecture tour
We got a U boat tour which was super awesome. Amazing how those Germans lived in these super confined spaces for very long periods of time
Also watched little baby chicks hatch. Really cool and they got cute really quickly. Thankfully they all survived that day so could go to the reptile exhibit the following day. Eek. Traumatic!
View from a tall building (John Hancock observation deck)
Same building but opposite size. Beautiful and super crowded place to watch the sunset
I fulfilled another lifelong dream of making S'mores - not as amazing as I would have hoped
Love this place and want to come back some time!!!
NYC!!! We really hope to see Carrie, Monica and Co, Harvey and Donna, Blair and Chuck and the elusive Banksy (He was there the whole time we were)!