I took a trip to Seattle, Washington in the autumn of 2013. After coming off the plane with my ears plugged and my head spinning, I made my way out of the airport and into the cold. It was freezing. Well okay it wasn’t freezing but for me it was cold. I just wasn’t used to the cold wind hurling at my face from every direction and sudden rain that trickled then hailed at sudden seconds. It wasn’t even my first time visiting, but this time I didn’t bring the sunny Southern California weather with me.
As the weekend came to an end, I lastly made my way with my brother down to the famous Pike’s Place Market. Passing by the first ever Starbucks and into the corner of the start of the market we crossed the street. It was surprisingly a nice day out, yet still cold. We stopped to watch these men shouting at each other while tossing the giant fish, then continued to try out the samples at the honey and jam booths along the long corridor. Also the veggies smelled brilliant as the crafts had me in “awe”. We ended up at a corner coffee shop. I’m not a big coffee drinker, but we sat in the small table window looking out into the cold.
It was weird to feel like I was just a stranger to this town passing by, while I probably was walking next to natives that know this town like the back of their hand.
My brother got a small cup of coffee and this sparkling water, which was really common to get according to the shop, served on a wooden paddle. He took two sips of the coffee and tried it with the sparkling water and gave me the look of “this is gross” so secretly he tossed it out the window we were sitting at, into the bushes below. I had to hold in my laughter as he handed back the paddle with the empty cups to the lady. We exited and decided to take a ponder at the wall*.
* as in the great GUM WALL.
It was terrifying to look at, but we took pictures of sticking our tongues next to it to look like we were licking it, so it wasn’t that gross. And yes, I so happen to be chewing gum. I stuck a big, blue, wet blob onto the masterpiece. I felt like I gave a little California love and hope to find it when I go back soon.