Sleeping in Seattle

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It was really hot summer weather in Seattle, which didn’t really help the sleepy mood I’ve had recently. Still it was great for exploring. I’m a fairly lazy traveller, I like to take my time in the morning (ahem, more like into the afternoon) before heading out. Doesn’t always fare well for me, since a lot of things close early. However I enjoyed my few days and managed to see a wee bit of Seattle – Pike Place Market with its gum wall and fish toss, Seattle Art Museum (free first Thursdays, yay!) and just walking about town enjoying not wearing my coat.

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Portland’s happening now

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I’ve wanted to visit Portland for a while now, so it was definitely something on the list before I returned to the UK. Portland is such a chilled out city – plenty of breweries, greenery, food carts and public art. I stayed in the very pretty Northwest Hostel (third picture), it looks a bit like an American horror house. Some of the things I loved were Powell’s Books (with its special room on the top floor with rare books, including a signed copy of Edward Gorey’s book), Cacao’s hot chocolate, Voodoo Donuts (open at 3AM, whaaat!), street names (Flanders, Lovejoy, Quimby… where a few of the Simpsons characters got their names) and beer (I hope to bring back some to the UK – but we’ll see).

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