Continued from Portland Day 3.
Today, I will be leaving Portland for Seattle. I woke up and packed then caught up on some blogging. Our train leaves for Seattle a little bit after noon.
I had a list of things to do/see in Portland. I did very little of that, which is pretty unusual for me. I usually have a to do list and I more or less stick to seeing/doing almost everything on it. I maybe did 20% of what I set out to do in Portland. Still felt like I maximized my time and had tons of fun though, which is all that really matters.
To scan our tickets, they used this barcode scanner attached to iphones. Thought that was neat. Except, why iPhone and not iPad Touch? Is it really cheaper to get an iPhone and the attached scanner than just to have a purpose built scanner?
Amtrak Cascade. It’s been easily over a decade since I’ve been on an intercity train in America. There is supposed to be wifi and a dining car onboard. I need to blog, and haven’t had lunch, so I am hoping for Amtrak to come through on both. Let me cross my fingers.
While in the country side doing wine tasting, OC had picked these mini kiwi fruits. They were the size of cherries and could be eaten whole. The skin was also smooth without the typical kiwi fuzz. Why have we not heard of these until now?
We’ve arrived. It was a pretty pleasant trip. I did notice how our train swayed violently at certain times. Definitely not as smooth as European trains, and certainly did not go as fast. We spent part of the ride next to highways, and were barely going faster than cars.
We had one of those seats that faced another set of seats with a table in between. This couple in their 30s sat across from us. They were married, but were still obviously in love. It’s so rare to see a married couple who are so in love with each other. They spent much of the three and a half hours train ride smiling and laughing with each other over seemingly nothing. I am envious, I hate being single.
We debated about staying at a Kimpton hotel here in Seattle. By not staying at a Kimpton hotel, I think we would have saved something like $270 dollars over the course of 3 days, so we are staying at Hotel Five instead. I hope it’s worth the savings.
It is surprisingly not raining right now here in Seattle. We figured that we’d take advantage of our luck and go visit the Space Needle and check out the view that’s not tainted by rain.
During the walk, I had the urge to eat oysters. I told OC that if we walked across a restaurant that serves oysters on the way to the Space Needle, we would need to make a detour to eat. Well, we didn’t run into any oyster places on the way there, but I soon remember that there’s a rotating restaurant inside the Space Needle, and they most likely serve oysters.
On our way up the elevator. There was essentially no waiting line to get up. It’s not like in Berlin where we waited for more than a hour just to get up to the top of the radio tower. Nor is it like the Eiffel Tower were it took us 3 hours to get up and down.
We got 18 oysters to split between the both of us. 2 glasses of champagne and 18 oysters comes out to $70 dollars. We met our bare minimum cost exactly, and by pure coincidence! Take that Space Needle! Oysters were awesome! I must eat more oysters while I am here in the PNW.
OC drank half the glass of her champagne and promptly declared that she was drunk. I told her that she couldn’t possibly be drunk. She got mad and told me not to tell her how to feel. Soon after that, she started eating the garnish seaweed on the oyster plate and ended up drinking the vinegar as a shot. She’s absolutely right. She did get drunk off of half a glass of champagne. I believe most newborns have a higher tolerance than she does.
Fortunately, as quickly as she gets drunk, she also sobers up quickly. We finished our food and headed for the observation deck a level above us.
The lights are starting to come on. Unfortunately, it has also started raining. Apparently, has not rained a single drop both in Portland and Seattle until very recently, like two weeks ago. If only we had taken this trip a month early! If only!
We came back to our hotel, changed and headed back out. We called for a taxi, but after 20 minutes, it still had not arrived. We decided to walk down the street to hail one down. It’s raining pretty steady now, so walking in the rain sucks. We are heading to Capitol Hill area for dinner and then swing dancing after. We finally found a cab after walking about 3 blocks.
After dinner, we skipped dessert because there is a famous ice cream shop right on the bottom floor of this building.
After ice cream, we said goodbye to OC’s friends, and then headed back up the stairs to Century Ballroom for their regular Sunday evening swing dancing. There’s a live band today. Ate dinner, ate ice cream, and now swing dancing all in the same building. Talk about three birds with one stone.
I loved this dance venue. The floor has an awesome bounce. I found it interesting that people in Seattle generally ask a partner for a dance and get paired up on the floor before the next song even comes on. In Austin, generally the song starts, then everyone starts asking for dance partners.
After dancing, we headed back to the hotel where OC had to work and I had to blog. The internet at the hotel sucks. It’s slow and not very reliable. I wonder what the internet is like at a Kimpton hotel? Either way, I was finally able to upload all my photos and finish this post, so things could be worse.
To be continued at Seattle Day 2.