On Friday we abandoned the RV and took an early ferry to Seattle (RVs don’t like cities), just as they do in Grey’s Anatomy. One day isn’t really enough to do Seattle justice, but we had a jolly good go. We started in Pike Place Market, a working market of over 200 stalls selling everything from flying fish (once purchased, they’re flung from fishmonger to fishmonger) and lavender, to smoked chilli fudge and local cheeses.
The stalls were very specific about what they chose to sell; there was one stall that sold only blue-coloured berries and another that sold only wooden spoons. Presumably their focus paid off because the market was heaving with potential customers.
Next we took the monorail to the Space Needle, Seattle’s observation platform and its distinguishing skyline identifier. After admiring the city and Puget Sound from a great height, we moved on to the Experience Music Project (or EMP Museum).
Googling led us to believe that we’d spend an hour there, but we could have spent a whole day. The downstairs of the museum displayed exhibits on Jimi Hendrix’s rise to fame in London, Nirvana’s affect on punk, the evolution of the guitar, the icons of science
fiction (Max hugged a dalek), and scale models of skyscrapers made from Lego (a slightly odd addition to the museum that we couldn’t fathom at all. The really extraordinary part was the video of the Lego architect explaining that if you follow your passion you can always find a way to make it make money, even if your passion is Lego).
But the best bit of the EMP museum was the interactive sound lab upstairs. There were demo stations that taught how us to play bass, drums and keyboards, jamming rooms for playing as a group, and a small recording studio. And there was an area where we could pretend to be a rock band and make a video. Gabriella named us Tetrahedral.
Being rock gods was such good fun we did it twice. The video evidence is below the pictures.