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Day 17: Sanders in Seattle and Adventuring in Capitol Hill

Redmond, WA to Seattle, WA's International District and Capitol Hill District

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Today was the Bernie Sanders rally in Seattle and we were excited to be a part of the once-in-a-lifetime experience of watching a social democrat and presidential hopeful raise awareness in a fiercy liberal city. We hoped to explore Seattle's Pike Place before hitting the rally in the afternoon, but unfortunately, we slept in too late. After an hour long bus ride from Redmond into the heart of Seattle, we went straight to the International District to be ready for the rally.

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We were at lunch at a Vietnamese place when a girl sitting near us overheard our rambles about the rally. She mentioned she was attending too, and scooted over to chat. After some group Googling, we found out that in order to get into the rally, we'd have to be at the stadium waiting in line for about 4 hours before we could get seated, and then wait another couple hours before hearing Sanders speak. We checked our watches; in order to make it, we'd have to go right away. Christian and I didn’t want our whole day in Seattle to be spent waiting in a line for a rally we weren’t overly passionate about, and decided to skip it to explore the young and trendy Capitol Hill district of Seattle instead.

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We found a bookstore, called Twice Sold Tales, which featured used books crammed haphazardly onto the mismatched shelves. Dozens of the owner’s cats roamed the store (and rudely ignored my beckoning) while we browsed the shelves. We each instinctively picked out a couple books because despite our lack of free time, we're still both booknerds at heart.

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We got to the busy district just before sunset and wandered the streets following the diverse crowd through restaurants, bars, and shops. We checked out a vegan metal bar (weirdest theme combo I’d seen in awhile) but we definitely didn’t fit in with the crowd and left instead for a bar with a view of the city skyline called The Lookout Bar.

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The beer was mediocre but the view was amazing, and we befriended a couple girls there who invited us back to their apartment with an even better view of the city to drink and hangout. We all bonded but Christian and I were ready to keep exploring and left after an hour or so for more bars and adventures on our own. It was our goal to find a place called the Unicorn Bar, but it was as reclusive as the animal of its namesake and we ended up wandering the streets and visiting various pizza shops and bars with outdoor patios instead. It was around 3am when we ordered our Uber back to Redmond, a 45 minute ride I mostly slept through. It was good to have a place to pass out.

Posted by aswoger 23:46 Archived in USA

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