Friday, 23 November 2012
Apologies for not posting for a while. Last weekend was spent indoors watching TV and doing homework. It was too rainy to go outside :( I had two exams yesterday, and another one on Tuesday. With three essays due as well, the workload is building up! Tonight I have been given free tickets to see Cirque de Soleil which is very exciting. On Sunday we are all going to Cypress Mountain. It will be my first time in snow, and I am going to attempt skiing! It's nearly a week until Paul arrives, so concentrating on uni work has been a bit difficult haha. I have to move from here to the other Red Cedar student home, where there is room for both of us. So amid all my study, I also have to pack everything up here and move house! Preparations are well under way for our trip to the US in late December. We are flying to New York where we will spend 2 weeks (including Christmas and New Year). Then off to San Diego where we are hiring a car and making our way up the coast to San Francisco. From here we fly back to Vancouver for a couple of nights, then make the long journey home to Perth!
Wednesday, 14 November 2012
This past weekend four of us went to Seattle for three days. We caught the Greyhound bus from Vancouver at 6am Friday, arriving at Everett late morning. Everett is about an hour north of Seattle. From the bus station, we took a further two buses to finally arrive at the Seattle Premium Outlets. The outlets have the following shops Tommy Hilfiger, Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, Burberry, Coach and Nike just to name a few! We spent most of the day here and then caught the bus into Seattle. By this time it was dark, so we could see all the city lights as we drove in, very pretty! Our hostel was located in the International District, which is pretty much Chinatown. It was very basic and cosy (four of us in one small room, two bunks), however it is all we needed. That night we walked into downtown and had dinner at a Thai restaurant. The weather was freezing however!!
|Downtown at night|
|Pike Place Market at night.|
|The first Starbucks! Notice the logo is slightly different.|
|A massive line outside the original Starbucks, and some greyhounds looking for adoption.|
|Fish at the market|
|View from outside market|
|Traditional musicians at Seattle Centre|
|Outside of EMP museum|
|The price! Just kidding, I wish.|
|The exterior of the College Inn|
We then set off to the neighbourhood of Capital Hill via bus. This area was full of really nice houses and had a main street also consisting of shops and cafes. However as we were there on a Sunday morning, many places were closed. This area reminded me of the suburb Toorak in Melbourne.
|A set of holiday apartments in Capital Hill, very cute!|
|Original Nirvana photos and posters|
|The guitar Kurt Cobain played the first time "Smells Like Teen Spirit" |
was played in public, and for many shows after that.
|There was also an exhibition of Leather Jackets. |
This outfit was worn by Fergie (from Black Eyed Peas) in 2010.
How are those hot pants?!
|More intricate leather jackets from history|
|Me being a biker|
|A wall of what music means to people.|
|Alice and Ziyad rocking out in the Jam Room|
|Charlotte on drums!|
|Large photo of Kurt Cobain as long as the stairs.|
|There was a horror exhibition also, |
this photo was taken in the scream booth.
|Old directional sign|
This tour was very interesting and explained how when Seattle was originally built, the pioneers didn't realize they were located on tide flats. Which meant the city got flooded every afternoon!! To add to this, their system for sewage was less than sophisticated, so you can imagine the results; sewage flows to the sea, the sea comes back in and floods the city daily! Gross!! Then occurred the Great Seattle Fire which burnt the city to the ground in less than 12 hours, a blessing in disguise as it meant they could start over. The city councillors had an 8-10 year plan to raise the entire city above sea level. However, the merchants needed to continue trading so they built shops back at existing sea level. As a result, the shops were at sea level, so were the sidewalks, but the streets were between eight to thirty feet above! Which meant to reach the sidewalk you had to go down a ladder off the edge of the street. Eventually after a few too many drunken falls and deaths, the city councillors built wooden 'bridges' at street level, which were the new sidewalks above the existing old ones below. The gap between the old and the new sidewalks had never been filled in and therefore resulted in the 'tunnel' systems below Pioneer Square today.
Nowadays they are used as storage for the shops above, or in some cases businesses have leased the space off the council and are used for small bars below their restaurants. Similar to a basement, yet in an underground sidewalk!!
Early in the city's history the tunnels became rampant with disease from rats arriving on ships with fleas. In an effort to stop the problem, the city council condemned the underground tunnels. As a result, everything and anything that was illegal found it's home underground. The city didn't mind; out of sight, out of mind. Filled with drug dealing, speak easy's and brothels.
Sunday, 4 November 2012
Today we went to Deep Cove, which took about an hour by bus. It is just east of the neighbourhood North Vancouver. The settlement of Deep Cove is very cute, and some are the houses are quite extravagant. Most of the houses are built into the mountain side overlooking the cove. In the summer months Deep Cove is popular for water sports; canoeing, kayaking etc. however there was nothing but rain today. I didn't mind it though, the colours of the landscape with mist covered mountains was quite spectacular. We walked around the streets a little, and walked the first bit of a hiking trail. However at 43km, we were well unprepared to complete the whole thing!! After exploring we went to the Honey cafe, which is famous for their homemade donuts. They were definitely the best donuts I have ever tasted which could be dangerous if I lived in Deep Cove!!
|View from the town settlement|
|Mist over the mountains|
|This house is built into the side of the mountain. To the left is a stream which leads from the waterfall above to the bay below. Very interesting house design!|
|Suburban Deep Cove street|
|Bit gloomy and mysterious. I can only imagine how nice it would be in Summer!|
|More houses on the mountain side|
|Start of the hike trail|
|The town centre|
|Perfect for rainy weather; tea and homemade donuts!|
This last photo isn't of Deep Cove, it's the view from our house at 5pm in the afternoon. Last night the clocks were turned back an hour marking the end of daylight savings. It will now get dark very early which is sad.