You may think, Visiting Seattle? Doesn't she live in Seattle? Well, technically, yes. Practically, though, I feel much more a part of Shoreline, the city that abuts Seattle and is twelve blocks north of my home. Tina and Nicole both live in Shoreline and I tend to spend more time there or in the north end of Seattle than anywhere else.
When it comes to the heart of Seattle, its downtown core, I do feel like a visitor--I go down there maybe once a year. On Monday I had an appointment on Capitol Hill, and as it's not much farther from there to downtown, I decided to bus it and visit downtown afterwards.
I was fifteen minutes early for my appointment, so I paused at this P-Patch along the way:
The appointment took all of ten minutes (annual hearing aid cleaning and testing), and I was soon downtown, where I went to the waterfront to admire the Great Wheel:
Then I popped into the Aquarium, which I have a free pass for (City of Seattle Golden Age card).
Mostly I just went in to admire the birds there, like this Tufted Puffin:
And this Black-bellied Plover (with a Killdeer on the right).
Naturally I also went to the Market, which was crowded so I didn't linger.
This woman was taking a break from her act as a statue...she stands perfectly still until someone gets too curious, and then she suddenly moves and startles them.
I ate lunch on the plaza next to the aquarium, where I had a view of the skyline.
Maybe I'll visit Seattle again next year!