Don’t Seattle for less…!

Jane, her sister Pauline, and their Mum and Dad are now in Seattle, Washington, USA having travelled down from Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada the other day by ferry.

However, as grunge-tastic as Seattle might be, the view from Jane and Pauline’s hotel room was less than desirable, as I’m sure you can agree:

Before (View from Hotel Room, pt.1)

View from hotel room, pt.1 shows a concrete wall!

The room was dark and dingy, with the perfect view of a concrete wall. Meanwhile, upstairs on the 12th floor their parents were enjoying a panoramic view of all that Seattle’s impressive city skyline could throw at them.

So they complained, in a gentle British way, and asked to be moved closer to their parents. Their pleas were promptly rewarded with this view from their bedroom window:

After (View from Hotel Room, pt.2)

View from hotel room, pt.2 showing Seattle's city skyline.

Ah… that’s much better.

In case you are wondering, the Spaceship-on-a-Stick™ that you can see in the centre of the photograph is the Space Needle, which was built for the 1962 World’s Fair in Seattle. It is an impressive 184 m (605 feet) high and access to the top is via a glass elevator that travels at approximately 100 mph! (I’m exagerating, it’s actually 10 mph, and allows you to reach the viewing platform in a cool 43 seconds.)

Jane and I went up it a few years ago when we last visited Seattle. I’m not sure if Jane is going up again today, but here’s her view from the bottom, earlier today:

Looking up at the Space Needle in Seattle.

This is Jane and Pauline’s final full day in North America. Tomorrow they return to Vancouver to catch the plane back to Blighty. Meanwhile, I’m trying to work out the best way of getting to Edinburgh tomorrow so that I can drive Jane home; as that’s where her car is. She really doesn’t want to be driving back with jet-lag.


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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.

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