The day before yesterday at noon, we checked out of the hotel in San Francisco where we stayed for two and a half weeks and came to Seattle. This is my first visit to this city, so I’m personally very excited.
This time, I inadvertently thought of California as the West Coast and forgot to bring a thick jacket.
Reunion after 3 years
The trip from San Francisco to Seattle takes less than two hours by plane.
Domestic flights in the U.S. have a good number of passengers, and it was not as deserted and lonely as international flights, but the boarding rate of the plane we took was about 50%.
At Tacoma Airport in Seattle, my husband’s son Tomoki, who arrived a little earlier, was waiting for us.
My husband hadn’t seen him in two and a half years and I hadn’t seen him in three years, so we were really looking forward to it. I was worried for a while that we might not be able to see each other due to the outbreak of the Omicron variant.
At that time, there were still no cases of the Omicron variant in Washington State, so we changed the meeting place from San Francisco to Seattle. After a week or so, it happened in Washington, so it didn’t make sense in the end, but Jeremy, who homestayed at our house in Tokyo, decided to return to Seattle, so we can all meet in Seattle. The result is all right.
The reunion at the airport was quiet and emotionless, with no showy performances, just like the Asians🎌
When we arrived at the hotel, we looked for a place to have dinner, but since it was Tuesday, the restaurants in the hotel were closed, and we walked around the area a bit, but many of them were closed as well.
We saw a sign for 鼎泰豐 (Din Tai Fung) in the department store next to Nordstrom, so we went there and found a long line. We don’t like to wait in line, so naturally we gave up immediately and entered the Thai restaurant next door.
Pike Place Market
Open 363 days a year. Where Seattle Eats, Meets, Shops & Rejuvenates!https://www.pikeplacemarket.org/about-pike-place-market/
The next day, we went to Pike Place Market, one of the most famous tourist spots in Seattle.
It was a 10-minute walk from the hotel while it’s raining.
I didn’t check any tourist spots in Seattle at all, so when we got there, I had the impression that it was like Tsukiji Market (now Toyosu Market) or Ameyoko in Tokyo.
Since it is a market that has been running since 1907, it has a history of 30 years longer than the Tsukiji market in Tokyo that opened in 1937. The “inside the venue” is crowded with fresh foods such as vegetables, fruits, fish, and meat, as well as handmade accessories, paintings, dried flowers, restaurants, etc. Also, there are lots of restaurants and small shops “outside the venue”
Among them, we stopped by two particularly famous stores.
The first one is the famous clam chowder store “Pike Place Chowder”.
And the second store is “Original Starbucks”.
The line was long and it was very cold, so we just took some pictures and decided to go to a relaxing cafe to warm up and think about what to do next.
～To be continued～