Sampling Salmon and Dodging Raindrops - My Family Travels
Pike's Market


Salmon is not one of my favorite foods, or so I thought.  Traveling to Seattle, Washington with my high school choir tickled my taste buds for many new experiences.  Together we witnessed fish being tossed at Pikes Market, navigated the bus and metro system, saw a Broadway show, met students from other states, and had a musically memorable time.

   Traveling is like opening a history textbook and living the pages. Even though we were not being lectured to, or sitting behind desks, we were learning because, the world is a classroom.  I had seen pictures of Pikes Market, but until we meandered through the aisles (Starbucks cup in hand) I couldn’t really grasp the variety of flowers, shops, artists, and colorful people that we would encounter.  The famous fish tossing became so real to me as the men brought me behind the counter to pose for pictures and observe it for myself. In order to have more fish thrown, my group of friends and I were asked to sing a song, so we belted a short rendition of “Build Me Up Buttercup” before more halibut began to fly.

   Because the transit system is so user friendly, a group of us were afforded a trip to the University of Washington to see one of the most beautiful schools surrounded by blooming cherry blossoms.  Hmm, is a college application in order? My mom, who was a chaperone, took a few of us on another trip to the tallest building in Seattle. The offer of accompanying us to the top was very out of character for her, as she is terrified of heights. Her nerves were calmed as we ascended to the top and saw the fabulous view of thick, thick fog, and not much else on April Fools' day. The man at the counter didn't make us pay because he figured the weather's prank and my mom's nervousness was a fair price. As a true drama queen, seeing Billy Elliot with my friends was a highlight of the trip. A night walk through the city and few leaps into puddles brought magical moments that will never be forgotten. 

    After a day of singing, we journeyed by ferry to Tillicum Village where we were surrounded by students from other schools anticipating the award ceremony.  It was only a matter of time before we struck up conversations and made some new friends from across the country.  It is on this Island that Native American Indians changed my idea of salmon.  I was pleasantly surprised that fish cooked on an open flame could have such a delicious taste. I enjoyed this revelation as I watched a performance of traditional dances. 

The final day of the visit, we whizzed to the top of the Space Needle and saw a bird's eye view of the city where we had been dodging raindrops every day. Although we traveled to Seattle to compete in a musical festival, the entire experience struck a sweet chord and will be a melody of fond memories.


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