I flew out to the States a week ago today for my Fugitives tour. Seattle was the first stop, which is cool as I’ve always wanted to visit (being a huge fan of Frasier). It’s a cool city, with way too much to ever fit into a couple of days. So I opted to be adventurous and do the least touristy thing possible… The Space Needle!
Not only is it stomach-churningly high up, but the whole restaurant actually rotates, meaning that by the time I got up there the last thing I wanted to do was eat a three-course meal! But I soldiered on and managed to finish it without hurling. I was pretty relieved when I got back to solid ground, though.
After the Needle I discovered quite possibly the coolest museum ever built, which is right next door. It’s called the Experience Music Project, and it’s a museum dedicated to music, science fiction and popular culture. Yes, you heard that right. I won’t tell the story behind it here, check out its official page. But the whole building looks like some huge alien craft, and inside there is so much cool stuff!! I spent hours downstairs in their horror movie exhibition, which included awesome genuine props from some of my favourite movies!!
There was also a copy of Bram Stoker’s original Dracula Manuscript, complete with his handwritten notes, which was just amazing to see. Sorry the photo isn’t great, if you used your flash they unleashed the xenomorph.
How cool is that!!!! There was also a huge Battlestar Galactica exhibition that I rushed around, and an Avatar exhibition that I didn’t get a chance to see. There was so much stuff about music too, but just not enough time!! I would recommend this place to everyone, it’s so much fun. Oh, and there was this, the weirdest thing ever, which turned your shadow into a monster. This is me:
I also got a chance to make a pilgrimage over to the Lakeview Cemetery, which has a number of famous graves, including one of my heroes, Bruce Lee. He’s buried there because it’s Linda Lee’s hometown. It was a beautiful place, incredibly peaceful and moving. The inscription on his grave reads: “Your inspiration continues to guide us toward our personal liberation.” And he was such an inspirational guy. Brandon Lee is also buried there, by his side, and he has an inscription on his grave that reads: “Because we don’t know when we will die, we get to think of life as an inexhaustible well. Yet everything happens a certain number of times, and a very small number, really. How many more times will you remember a certain afternoon of your childhood, some afternoon that’s so deeply a part of your being that you can’t even conceive of your life without it? Perhaps four or five times more. Perhaps not even that. How many more times will you watch the full moon rise? Perhaps twenty. And yet it all seems limitless.” So sad : (
I had a good wander around the city, saw Pike Place Market and the original Starbucks, the waterfront and the ferries and some pretty cool buildings, plus I got to ride on the famous Seattle monorail too. It was an awesome weekend, thank you Seattle!
Events started on Monday, and IT WAS THE BEST WEEK OF EVENTS EVER!!!!! I’ll write about it in the next post!