I would have liked to have had a room with a water view, but those were too expensive; instead, mine had a view of a very small protest
. Not sure what they were protesting, though one sign was clearly a peace symbol.
Anyway. After I slept too late and finally got my FedEx with World Series tix (apparently front desk forgot to actually send it up to my room when they said they would), I was off to the most famous Seattle icon, the Space Needle. I went back to the shopping area to the Westlake Center
to take a monorail
out to the Seattle Center. Snapped a photo
as we got closer to the Space Needle and another monorail was traveling in the opposite direction.
I'm sure everyone knows what the Space Needle looks like, but it was quite photogenic on this beautiful day, so I have a bunch of pix that turned out quite well...
So yeah, I went up on the thing. (after having a little conversation about the Phillies and Jamie Moyer with the guy checking bags who commented on my Phillies jacket) You have to realize that I hate heights... but when I go to the top of every city's Really High Structure, I know I will eventually get used to being up there. I know I got some looks on the elevator on the way up because I was the only one looking away from the outside. I was very glad no one saw me when I first went on the outside observation deck, as I was inching my way away from the wall. lol But as I knew, eventually I was ok and walking around like it was no big deal.
It was really a perfect day for viewing- sunny and just enough clouds to make the sky interesting.
Afterwards, I wandered aimlessly around the Seattle Center, taking pictures of things that caught my interest.
- International Fountain I really didn't think it was quite warm enough to be frolicking in a fountain, but apparently other people thought differently; also note the rainbow in the fountain!
- Near the fountain, a bird was pecking at a plastic bag full of fruit; there were a lot of birds around.
- Purple Bench
- There were lots of kiddie amusements by the base of the needle; while walking around this area, I had a short Phillies conversation with a security guard.
- Another sculpture
- Err, not sure what these were but thought they'd make a voidy photo
- Another nifty photo of something not very specific
After drifting around for a while, I thought of walking toward Lake Union. Only, uh, that got confusing... and I think I was annoying 2 people with bright orange uniforms on who were really trying to be helpful to me... So I headed back to downtown via the monorail and browsed the shops by the monorail station. Yes, I'd been there before but I never get sick of wandering through shops. lol
On the way back to my hotel, I decided to re-visit Pike Place
market. I enjoyed it even more today now that I was feeling more at home in Seattle... and now that I wasn't dead tired. I stopped at Piroshky Piroshky
for a bite to eat; on Sunday the place had intrigued me because there was a long line (which I figured was a sign that it had good stuff) but there was none today. Had a yummy smoked salmon pate piroshky.
I usually try to find some voidy colorful earrings whenever I travel, and I decided that Pike Place would be a good spot to find some. And indeed I ended up buying a cute pair
. I also purchased some Oreo flavored Fudge on my way back.
Hung out at the hotel for a bit- re-painted my nails, resized photos, etc. Then I went out to dinner w/Genevieve, a friend from FSU, which was totally awesome! We went to a Japanese restaurant that she'd been recommended and it was a very nice place- I had something called Kamameshi which I'd never heard of before even though I've been to Japan 3 times and eaten at a bunch of Japanese restaurants. It consisted of chicken, rice, and some vegetables that were cooked in an iron pot
at the table, and it was very yummy. Beyond the food, I had a really nice time and enjoyed the conversation. (especially since it gets weird not talking to anyone when I travel solo) Am generally really shy about meeting people, but I've always had an awesome time meeting people from FSU.
Not sure what I'm doing tomorrow except that I will be watching the World Series somehow, somewhere. Wooooo hoooo! Go, Phillies!!!