Oh I Do Love To Be Beside The Sea (sorta)......
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So, Seattle, home of Dark Angel, Frasier, Gray's Anatomy and Starbucks.
Saturday was spent orientating ourselves with the place (we wandered about randomly). We walked through Pike Place Market, a lively and bustling, mainly fish based market that is right by the harbour front. The market is set atop a hill, so the further you enter the market the more you discover, each set of steps you come to leading you down into another level with endless shops full of trinkets and toys for you to explore.
The next day we decided to sign up to one of the hostels activities, namely kayaking! It was $25 and normally only runs in the summer months but because its been unseasonably hot (everyone is calling it an 'indian winter') they decided to offer it. We caught the bus over to West Seattle and were picked up by the owner of the tour. He drove us down to the waters edge and outfitted us with some rather lovely and unflatteringly shapeless pieces of lifesaving equipment before running through the techniques that we would need to firstly stay in the boat and secondly to actually direct/move the boat.
After our lessons we all had to grab our kayaks and haul them down to the dock where one by one we hesitantly entered our kayaks and starting bobbing about on the water. After everyone was safely in the water we rowed along the bank, behind some huge tankers that were moored along the bank as this is where a lot of the wildlife likes to hang out, they are buffered from the waves by the bulk of the great ships.
We then turned round and began fighting our way against the tide further out to the mouth of the river. I being my normal competitive self wanted to be at the front all the time and was harassing Rachel to paddle faster (so much for her being the pace setter huh) and as we drew near to the lead boat with the guide in we though we saw our event organiser (Aleshia) from the hostel pointing at something as she had her hand out over the side of the boat and seemed to be leaning over. Much to our dismay, as we drew nearer we discovered that what she was actually doing was vomiting quite profusely.
We spent about two hours on the water in total and by the end my shoulders were on fire from fighting the current but it was completely worth it as we had an amazing time and would do it again in a heartbeat. We then came back and had a fantastic free meal. The hostel provided dinner 3 nights a week, oh yeah!! Sunday was taco night, with two options for meat, chicken or mince (which I skipped over) and copious amounts of veg & salad with bean sauce. It was gorgeous and I was stuffed! I couldnt even manage seconds!
Unfortunately yesterday, shortly after I woke up I developed a bad migraine and had to spend the whole day in bed, with frequent trips to throw up. Rachel was great, looking after me and making sure I had everthing I needed during what must have been a very boring and somewhat gross day for her.