seattle, travel, whatnot

Walkabout

I went for a walk around Seattle’s downtown. Travis & Monica live within walking distance, which means that I didn’t have to take the bus, I am a little afraid of the bus so that’s a bonus, and besides I like to walk.

Seattle has a nice enough downtown, or at least that is how it seems with my very limited experience. I went straight until I saw water, then I just ambled this way and that. Going straight to water put me right at the end of Pike Place Market, where I saw a protest against Free Trade with Korea. I also saw a weird totem pole, that wasn’t quite a real totem pole but a pole with a totem facade. I saw people singing on the street. I saw poor people sleeping on a little grassy spot while not-so-poor people took breaks from shopping. I saw mountains and water and stadiums. I saw a lot of stuff.

seattle skyline w/stadiums

two guys seattle snapour friend the totem

street piano

werid spot where some people sleep and others make puppy eyes

shanty town behind fancy hotel

The one thing that struck me at first was how few homeless people I saw. Then I saw a homeless man and within seconds a cop was helping away from the tourist filled area. Then it struck me how there are quite a few homeless people in Seattle but they are hidden, in many cases hidden in plain sight. There was a *huge* police presence. I know this is old news, but I forget that it happens sometimes, Northampton, MA was full of homeless people, but the police there just ignore them so it’s an easy thing to forget after a few years. The craziest instance was when I saw the shanty town behind an oceanside luxury hotel (see below). What a contrast.

[tags]downtown, free trade, homeless, korea, pike place market, qwestfield, safeco, seattle, tourism[/tags]

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seattle, whatnot

The Poetry Bus

I arrived in Seattle on Sept 3rd. The Poetry Bus kicked off its 50 day 50 city tour on Sept 4th. My friend Travis departed Seattle on Sept 5th.

poetry bus setup on launch dayThe launch was at Bumbershoot in Seattle right by the Space Needle. It was an amazing day even though my brain was crazy with sleep deprivation. From noon until 4:30pm, every 30 minutes a different poet read for about 15 minutes. The bus was full for every reading, more impressive is that those filling the bus weren’t just poets, at least half the crowd for each reading was just walking by and got interested. It is just great to see people who don’t think about poetry everyday go and listen and enjoy poetry. Anyway, the Poetry Bus is in full swing now and folks should check out the website, not because I designed it, but because there is great content on it.

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