Day 7 - Thr 17 Apr 2003
Awake very early,
but stayed in bed and had a read! Down for breakfast, there's a nice bit in the paper
about Paula Radcliff dropping the world record for the marathon by two minutes - it seems
there was little coverage of that fact over here. Mentioned that she got the BBC sports
personality award with six times the votes that David Beckham got.
my bag down town to catch the bus (which was there waiting - result!) Filled in my customs
declaration for the US and had to ask someone what state Seattle was in! Doh! Weather is
the same as the past few days - dark clouds with the threat of rain, but brighter in the
Our bus driver
seems to be a bit of a card - he handed over a red rose to a lady walking by - by the
sounds of it he sees her walk by everyday - it seemed to make her day! I'm kinda sad to be
leaving Vancouver, but I think I've seen all that I wanted to see. My favourite building
was the maritime one, with that fab doorway, and those 'sculptured' bricks.
south towards the US border, and the driver has heard over the radio that the US border
patrol is stopping everyone today. Got off the bus at our last stop before the border, and
got some Oreo's!
Well got through
US customs etc. no problem - apart from thinking that I'd left my sunglasses, but they
were in my pocket all the time!!! The immigration officer spotted the Jordanian stamp in
my passport, and I thought that was going to cause problems - but he just handed me the
passport back, and welcomed me into the US!
Helped a Mexican
lady with directions to the Greyhound Bus station in Seattle, she kept going up and
talking to the driver while we were in motion, so I offered help just to stop us all
The weather is
starting to clear, and we're starting to climb thro' some large mountains - so I guess
it's not that surprising. Traffic on the roads is starting to fill up, but it's nothing
like the M25 back home!
Off the bus, and
walked into the free bus zone in Seattle, a great idea, but no buses came while I was
waiting! So walked downtown, dropped my bag off at my hostel, and took a wander around the
Pike Place Market - a bit of a tourist trap, rather like Covent Garden. Then started off
with the LP walking tour. The Bank of America tower is very tall - 385 metres - it takes
two elevator rides to get to the 73rd floor viewing platform - my ears popped twice! If I
was scared by the Vancouver tower, then this one was worse - it's sooo tall!
Got back to the
hostel and did my washing, and paid for my two other nights here - the room is very basic,
but for 28 quid a night I can't expect to much! I went down to the common room, and had a
good chat with two English girls from Devon, who are 18 month around the world adventure -
they have been on the go since February and have done a lot of the US on the Greyhound
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