Seattle fog

Seattle feels like a Harry Potter movie. The fog is so thick and dense in the morning, you might think the Dementors are close by. The fog is lifted by the afternoon sun, but I am told this weather pattern will soon end and the fog sets from November-February all day. How depressing? At least on the East Coast the snow had sunshine. My assessment of the city so far, Seattle is a nice cultural city, things to do and water sports plenty, but I don’t feel a calling to the city, the way I do with Vancouver. I will start researching other school options soon. Maybe a degree in Urban Planning? Business?

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This place is magical

I heard a girl say, “This place is magical,” referring to the Dale Chihuly Garden and Glass exhibit. You are probably familar with Chihuly’s work, if you have been to the Bellagio hotel in Las Vegas. His glass sculptures are featured in the hotel lobby. At the Seattle Center, the Garden and Glass exhibit is a long term comprehensive collection of his work. Well worth the $20 admission ticket, a highlight of my Seattle visit.

I also visited the Bill and Melinda Gates visitor center, Olympic Sculpture Park, and the Main Public Library. The Library is a 10th floor glass building, designed to look like a book by a Dutch Architect. The 5th floor is a red room (pictured is my friend Symbol).

http://www.chihulygardenandglass.com/

Other photos:

Chittenden Locks – Army Corps of Engineers maintains locks that link Puget Sound with Lake Union. Very cool way to travel through the area.

Underwater viewing of salmon traveling thru the “Fish Ladder”

Emp (experience music project). Museum design by Frank Gehry.

Bill and Melinda Gates visitor center building

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Border crossing, take two.

I have never crossed a border by bus before today. It was surprisingly easy and customs was faster than by plane. I learned my lesson from last week and answered the custom agents questions swiftly without delay unlike the poor chap behind me.

A: What were you doing in Canada?
Visiting friends.
A: Where are you from?
New York City.

Moved on to the next custom agent
A: What were you doing in Canada?
Visiting friends.
A: What will you do in Seattle?
Visit friends.
A: Are you Canadian? (quick pause, cant you see the color of my passport indicates otherwise.)
No.

Ok. Moved to the x-ray machine. Despite the bus driver’s insistent message, eat all your fruit before the border or reading the big sign that says declare all fruit, it was not necessary for me to eat all my grapes before the border. They didn’t care. They didn’t question why I had an orange in my bag. I could have saved the grapes for later.

The inexperienced guy behind me:
A: Where are you from?
Chicago
A: What did you do in Canada?
I went on a cool Alaskan cruise, hiked Vancouver, now back to Seattle then a flight to Chicago.
A: Did you buy anything in Canada?
A jacket, hiking boots, some sweaters and trinkets of gold.

Really, did you just admit to buying trinkets of gold? The customs agent at this point doesnt care or want to know about your vacation but now they will continue to talk to you for another 15 minutes and search your bag. Lesson learned.

One more thing, I hate how AT&T knows exactly when you cross the border. Back to 4G instantly and no international roaming.