Texas, U.S.A.

Almost 28 hours after I left my house I finally arrived in Dallas, Texas.
The day got off to a slow start when United Airlines decided to delay the flight by an hour and forty minutes.  Liberace was flying the plane (ok it only sounded like him) and I had a pleasant surprise when I ran into an ex student on the Melbourne to Sydney leg.  David was on his way to New York to teach and take some dance classes.
The Sydney to Los Angeles sector ended up leaving 2 hours late but arrived only one hour late.  Oh my God this flight seemed to take forever.  I sat next to a lovely young man who was a Phd student on his way to Canada to present his paper on conservation.  I ended up watching 3 movies with sound and one without.  I just couldn’t sleep even though I was exhausted.  The first movie was Valentine’s Day (a lot of dribble).  The second was Ghost Writer (a Roman Polanski film), the third was Invictus.  The fourth I never caught the title but it had Brendan Fraser and Harrison Ford.  Without the dialogue I got that Brendan Fraser had some sick children and Harrison Ford was trying to find a cure.
On the Los Angeles to Dallas leg again I was seated next to a lovely young man with dive in eyes. There is a God in Air Travel Heaven.  This flight was about 3 hours but went fairly quickly.
Ok so I’m here now.  Things that I have observed so far, are the Texans have really nice manners and they like big road signs.  Oh and they like big buildings with huge mirror type windows.  The people are also very friendly and genuinely interested in talking to an Australian.
I couldn’t keep my eyes open any longer so went to bed and looked forward to exploring the next day.  Night night…

Waiting at Melbourne Airport
Waiting at Melbourne Airport
Map of Texas
Map of Texas

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I love Seattle!

Seattle at night
Seattle at night

What an attractive and beautiful city.  It was lovely and sunny.  I was staying inthe Queen Anne district which is on the north side of the city and only about a block from the Space Needle.  Lots of good things about this city – aesthetically pleasing to the eye, great attractions to see, free wi-fi in public places

Pike Place Market, Seattle
Pike Place Market, Seattle

etc.  The area around near the Space Needle has plenty to offer and I went to the Experience Music Project on the first day.  However, I was a little underwhelmed by the music museum.  It was one of the main reasons I went to Seattle.  I think I just wanted it to be bigger and more of it.  What they had there was good but I went through it and wondered if there was any more to see.

One of the highlights of my stay in Seattle was dinner at the top of the Space Needle.  I was able to walk there and home again in the evening without feeling any danger.  The view from the top at night was spectacular.  One of the best views I have ever seen.  The restaurant revolves and takes about an hour to do a full revolution.

Fish sellers, Pike Place Market, Seattle
Fish sellers, Pike Place Market, Seattle

Another gem of Seattle is Pike Place Market – you can spend quite a few hours there.  It is down beside the water and a really pleasant way to spend a few hours.  Oh by the way the first Starbucks is here.  I took a tour of Seattle to get a feel for the place and this was really good too.  I got to see the Troll under the bridge, Frasiers apartment building from the show, great views of the city skyline and a place where fish go through a lock.  Also worth doing was the ferry ride over to one of the islands.  I only had to pay one way and I think it was around $5-6.

The first Starbucks was in Seattle
The first Starbucks was in Seattle
Fresh vegetables at Pike Place Market
Fresh vegetables at Pike Place Market