10/01/2010: Day 8: Friday in Seattle
Friday morning, short on sleep after the late night dancing, we caught a bus to downtown.
We took the monorail through Gehry's absurd and impressive Experience Music Project and Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame, looked up at the Space Needle, and then down at it and the rest of town from the much more affordable Columbia Center observation gallery.
We lunched in the 3 story food court below because I was actually feeling weak from hunger. After food and a latte, we walked back downhill toward the market.
Pike Public Market. Big fish market. Levels and branches and outliers and so many people. [/Frink] My crowd-phobia kicked in, and I had to take a couple of breathers outside. Karen could always "Marco" me by cell. Yes, I did take a snapshot of the first Starbuck's. But the line to get in stretched down the block.
I was worn out, so we headed back to the underground bus station, and rode back to our hosts. Unfortunately, we didn't realize that the return route was different than the way in. We ended up riding the bus to the far end of the line, and then back to our stop. So a 40 minute ride took over an hour. But we were alone with the driver for much of the last half hour, and he was a charming and gregarious fellow.
Back at our hosts, I took a 20 minute nap, and then we went to a Thai restaurant back downtown. Had we known that dinner would be downtown, we could have saved ourselves about 2 hours on vehicles and either rested up in a coffee shop or seen more sights.
Well, wisdom is what you learn the hard way.
After a nice meal enhanced by the spicy Thai Iced Coffee, we went to the English Country Dance in the elegantly appointed Swedish Cultural Center.
These coastal North Westerners have quite a dance region!