Experience Seattle Project

We took the elevator to the top of the Space Needle; it cost us $12.50 each for the privilege. Still, the view from the top was amazing. Jane considered the journey up (travelling at 10 mph) to be one of the most terrifying experiences of her life. There is a Starbucks at the top (of course!). We sat admiring the view supping a cardboard cup of hot chocolate.

Safely back on terra firma we crossed the Seattle Center park to part with more money ($19.50 each) to be allowed admission to the Experience Music Project (EMP), which began life as a Jimi Hendrix Museum and is now dedicated to telling the story of Rock’n’Roll. As my Mum rightly said in a text: real culture! I enjoyed most the guitar sculpture, made from well over 100 guitars, 40 of which play automatically; and the Jimi Hendrix exhibition.

Getting hungry, we took the monorail into town and having safely posted some gifts back home to Edinburgh (to save us from ruining them in our over-crowded baggage) we found an amazing sandwich bar before finding a bus to the airport.

Dave Gorman is right! Sea-Tac airport is the most cinnamon-est smelling airport in the world. The reason is Cinnabon a fast-food vendor that specializes in cinnamon-tasting baked goods. We were delighted, it didn’t smell at all Cinnamon-y when we arrived.

We’re now safely back in San Francisco. Zack ordered us Chinese food, which arrived in those cardboard cartons you see on American TV shows, and we watched the second episode of My Big, Fat, Obnoxious Fiance.

Tomorrow we take the ferry from SF to Larkspur, and meeting up with Charlotte Anderson we’ll take a tour of the coast and Redwood forest at Armstrong Grove. (It’ll be another late update of this blog.)

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Gareth Saunders

I’m Gareth J M Saunders, 52 years old, 6′ 4″, father of 3 boys (including twins). Enneagram type FOUR and introvert (INFP), I am a non-stipendiary priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church, I sing with the NYCGB alumni choir, play guitar, play mahjong, write, draw and laugh… Scrum master at Safeguard Global; latterly at Sky and Vision/Cegedim. Former web architect and agile project manager at the University of St Andrews and previously warden at Agnes Blackadder Hall.