Have you been to a beautiful rainy city, full of the smell of coffee, convenient transportation, fresh seafood and varied kinds of international cuisine that is located in the Northwest of the United States? Do you know that even Bill Gates lives in this wonderful city? This is a pleasant city for everyone to live in — Seattle!
I went to visit my best friend Doris in Seattle on Christmas 2008. This was the first time I travel without my parents. I was extremely excited to meet Doris and this enchanting city. By the first time I took the plane by myself, I was feeling proud of myself. I looked at the departure board, found my gate, and just sat there waiting like everybody else. After a while, I started to wonder why there wasn’t any delay announcement. I walked to the counter, the lady was surprised. “What are you doing over here, sweet heart? You suppose to go to American Airline. This is Alaska Airline.” I was embarrassed. How did I suppose to know? They both initialed as “AA.” Anyway, I was glad that I already learned something from the beginning of my journey.
Seattle is a city where many culture intersect and it is full of varied kinds of food. I originally from Taiwan but now I live in Iowa. The food in Iowa is basically American. There was a famous seafood restaurant which threw all of the food on your table and everyone just picked it up from the table by hands. However, seafood was not the first thing that calls to my stomach. Chinatown was the place that I must go almost every day. Taiwanese, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean food were all available. Doris and I tried to try as many restaurants and as many kinds of food as we could. We found a Taiwanese restaurant. The taste just went through my mouth into my brain and reminded me how wonderful Taiwanese food was. Seattle is heaven for people who desire to taste the food from their hometown abroad like me.
Seattle is known as a coffee city. The first Starbucks in the world was opened by Pike Place Market which always crowded with people. It looked very old fashioned and has different decorations to the usual Starbucks store. Their trademark was an old design of goddess-like lady in the brown background. Doris bought me a cup as a souvenir for me which was very memorable. Inside the famous Pike Place Market, people were selling handmade crafts and lots of cute accessories, usually souvenirs. There was a vendor always gathered with people watching the “fish-throwing show” which was really entertaining. The street by the Pike Place Market, there were Greek, French, Chinese, Russian, and other countries bakeries and pastry shops. Those were very worthwhile to go to and try. After we went through those places, I can promise I have been to Seattle.
Travel is my favorite thing to do. I’m glad that I have already been to Seattle in my life. Even now, I can close my eyes and still smell the coffee fragrance wafting in the air, waiting at the bus stop with Doris seeing people rushing for their business, the taste of food still remain in my mouth, and the fun places I have been to. After the memorable tour I had, I knew more about Seattle and fall in love with this city. I suggest that everyone should go once in a lifetime. I assure that you won’t regret it and will love it like I do.
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