Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Departing Seattle

It is with great sadness that I report that I'm leaving Seattle tomorrow morning. I'm excited about what lays beyond, but this city, which I first visited in 1990 (ouch, I'm old!) has been nothing but lovely to me since I arrived. We had hot, but when it was hot there were drinks (like bubble watermelon juice)

bubble watermelon juice

I got hungry, but when I was hungry there was food (from Tacos del Mar):

tacos del mar

and when I needed a snack, there was that, too (top pot donuts):

donut and coffee, seattle style

Friends, real and imaginary who plied me with food and drink and watched me drink my volume in coffee, took me thrift shopping, invited me to ukelele sing-alongs and out to dinner to meet their wives, and came from far away, hosted me beautifully and invited me to play in their foam pits:


and with their dogs:


And Seattle trotted out one of its prettiest days of the summer for me to absorb, with sculpture:


and Chinatown gates:

chinatown gate

And even strangers were horribly photogenic:


smiley fishmarket guy


and here's what they saw of me, as I made my way around town.

self portrait reflejo con ciclista

And I may have missed the 4th of July, but here's an actual, unretouched photo of a sunset Seattle threw in my honor.

sunset on phinney

I guess if a city did that for you, you'd come back too.

Onward and southward. They call it Portland. I call it a place that used to be home.


Richard said...

That sunset is unbelievable - it would definitely keen me watching the end of each day like an expectant labrador. Travel safe to Portland - your tone at the end reminded me of when the hobbits return to Hobbiton at the end of Lord of the Rings. Bigger and different to what they were before, returning to the start of their story from somewhere so different.

Abby said...

Great pictures! It makes me want summer, as I'm lying here in my bed, afraid to get out because I'm pretty sure I can see my breath...brrr.

Shanna Germain said...

Gorgeous! I so miss Portland and Seattle (I called Portland home for twelve years!). It was great to see pictures from "home."

Love the blog as a whole as well.

Best, s.

Annje said...

It looks lovely. I am from Oregon (though I'm now in the armpit of the US--also called Texas)so have fun in Portland. I would miss it more, but my family lives there (haha-but so serious).

Kyle said...

Wow, Seattle looks awesome. I think I've love to do a photo shoot there!!! Great pics :)

Still Life in South America said...

Incredible photos, as always. I especially like the photo of the girl standing at the fence.

I said all of my goodbyes today and am currently eating Chinese and dragging my feet on packing. (Where are those d@mn packing fairies when I need them?)

Glad you are enjoying yourself.

Stephen said...

Grew up in Seattle, well a little North really. It's a pretty unique blend of natural beauty, aging (and overbaked) hippies, as well as hipsters sporting Starbucks barista glasses.

Gotta say, it's still one of the most beautiful places I've ever seen. Maybe I'll go back someday...

Amy said...

Seattle misses you, and so do I! Come back soon, we both say.

Renée said...

I don't know which makes me more jealous - the fact that you ate Mexican food or that it's summer where you are!

Misspudding said...

Taco del Mar and Top Pot...two of my favorite things. :)