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Space Needle by night.

On Friday we left our newly-beloved San Francisco and flew north to Seattle, Washington. We are staying with our friend Maegan’s dad Will and his wife Rebecca, who are wonderful hosts. They took us out for a “progressive dinner” of sorts in some great Seattle restaurants, where we had our first real sushi bar experience. Brent even liked the eel!

 

Saturday morning we looked around their hometown Edmonds, which is a gorgeous seaside community just north of Seattle city. We strolled through the markets, marvelling at the man stirring popcorn in a gigantic kettle drum big enough to swim in and the girl who makes bags and wallets out of duct tape. In the afternoon Brent entered into local life by going out with Will to help someone move a couch, which gave him an interesting glimpse of some of the more ritzy neighbourhoods.

This pig sings in Italian. I don't know why.

 

Saturday night was a joy – we ate great American pizza at a local spot then went to the “Rocking Horse Barn” for a dance! The host – the “Dancing DJ” as he is known – taught us basic steps and we rotated around to different partners, which enabled us to get an up-close view of some weird and wonderful genuine local American folk.

 

For much of the night we were free to dance how and with whoever we wanted, which was fun, but occasionally they’d encourage us to dance with others. It’s always difficult for the men in these situations, as they are expected to lead – as Brent discovered. A lady came up to him ready to dance, and asked “East Coast or West Coast?”, to which a confused Brent replied “Uh… neither, I’m from Australia”.

The great markets at Edmonds. The guy on the right is stirring popcorn in a huge metal pot. The smell was divine.
She then clarified without a smile “No, I mean do you want to do the East Coast or West Coast swing?”. Apparently there’s a difference. In retrospect we realized a good reply would have been “I swing both ways”. But then, you never thing of these things until it’s too late do you?

 

It was a great experience, not only for the fun of dancing but also to be in a real “local” setting. We think we may have been the only non-Americans there, and it was great to feel like we were a part of “real-life” for a night.

 

We visited Mars Hill Church on Sunday, which was excellent as Brent watches/listens to the teaching from this church quite a bit on the internet at home. It is definitely a different culture in a big church compared to a small church.

One of the great things about staying with Maegan's dad: seeing some cute photos of Maegan!
There are pros and cons of both of course! It’s great though to visit somewhere new and be in an environment where you don’t know what to expect. We were met at the church by Maegan’s friend Ruth, and we went with her and Will and Rebecca for lunch in Fremont, which is a funky Seattle neighbourhood where Maegan used to live on the boat.

 

On Monday Will and Rebecca left us to our own devices, so we went into downtown Seattle and experienced the Pike Place Markets, had coffee at the original Starbucks and wandered the streets getting a feel for the place. It’s a great city – a seaside town without the surfie beach culture, with plenty of man-made wonders alongside beautiful tall pine trees and mountains off in the distance.

 

thejodestar says:
Hey you two crazy cats (yes it's corny, I know).
Looks like you are having such an awesome time. I loved the photo of Maegan. Very funny.
Everyone says 'hi' from the Philippines.
I just arrived in the Philippines on Saturday and it feels as though I never left.
Take care and keep on with the updates.
Posted on: Sep 30, 2007
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Space Needle by night.
Space Needle by night.
This pig sings in Italian. I dont…
This pig sings in Italian. I don'…
The great markets at Edmonds. The …
The great markets at Edmonds. The…
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One of the great things about sta…
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Dancing at the "Rocking Horse Bar…
The Original Starbucks, with barbe…
The Original Starbucks, with barb…
With Will and Rebecca and their ho…
With Will and Rebecca and their h…
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Will and Rebecca's kitchen bench,…
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