Seattle is filled with things to do and treasured local-approved spots to visit
Seattle is many things to me before I step foot on the city for the first time. I read about its ferries in middle school, and there is the popular ABC TV series Grey’s Anatomy telling tales about that place. I know about its humid weather, and that it is the origin of Starbucks (aka my life support lol). All of the above represents a side of the city. But this city’s characteristic is so complex and diverse, you can only try to grasp a hint of it when you actually go there.
I visited the city in mid of May, on a gloomy rainy day. My first stop was at the Pike Place Market. This place is a commercial and cultural center of the city and it has so much to offer. The market is humongous and amazingly vibrant, with farmers and fishermen hawking their merchants, street performers singing and dancing, and all the visitors coming and going. There were an entire row of booths selling fresh tulips, and I found the most delicious chowder- the Pike Place Chowder.
The original Starbucks store is located here, as well as the sticky-icky Gum Wall. This place is indeed a visitor’s must (and tbh, a local’s must-visit spot, too).
Like every other big cities, there must be a one and only skyscraper that you can go up and overlook the city. In Seattle, this tower is the the Space Needle.
I went to the Space Needle when the dark clouds melted away. I was fortunate enough to see it under the clear blue sky. This is yet another place that I think has more sentimental significance to the city than functional. This is the iconic landmark of the city, you probably remember it from the Sleepless Seattle, and maybe some other films or TV shows.
By the foot of the Space Needle is the Chihuly Garden and Glass. This is the kind of place which declares “creativity has no limits.” Glass became the splashy candy-like art pieces, almost magically. The glass sculptures scattering in the garden, looking like deep-marine plants, as if they can breath and grow.
I went to the Seattle Aquarium as well. This is a rather boutique aquarium comparing to the Atlanta Aquarium or even the New England Aquarium. It is definitely a family-style attraction. I was mainly there to see their sea otters. They are just the cutest and happiest fuzzy balls! I stood by the tank for a solid half-hour, just watching them paddling in the water, and I took about 50 pictures. I was obsessed.
The tourists attractions are not the only memorable thing about the city of Seattle. I remember the pink floral tunnel towards the seashore, the neon signs hanging from the ceilings of Pike Place Market, and the aroma of coffee floating in the alleys. On the elevator ride up to the Space Needle, I looked to the side and saw a couple huge spiders painted on the roof of a low-rise building. I also found a untraversed garden, with many old stuffy toys and piggy statues.
How would I describe the city? Well, if you have read the Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino, you’ll know that each city has its own characteristics. I think of this book a lot, especially when I travel to a new place. I try to fit my impressions of these cites into his words. To me, Boston is Zaira, where the history of the city is carved into every piece of brick. New York is Zemrude, the city is either heaven or hell, depending on your perspective. And there is Seattle, or in his words, Eudoxia, one of the most ambiguous cities he ever described in that book.
“Every inhabitant of Eudoxia compares the carpet’s immobile order with his own image of the city, an anguish of his own, and each can find, concealed among the arabesques, an answer, the story of his life, the twists of fate.”
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