19 August 2009

Seattle Loves Beer

So here I am in Seattle. So far, it's been fun.

Well, the thing is, this is the first time I am traveling in which I am staying in a hostel. So, I really didn't have lots of expectations, since it's just impractical to expect things and then find out later that they are false. But, I did see beforehand what I was getting myself into, but the bar was not high.

Anyway, so I get in, and apparently, I am sharing a dorm room with 7 other people. I met most of them. One is a Spaniard from Barcelona (why is it that Barcelona seems to be a creeping influence around my persona nowadays), another is an Israeli who just got discharged from the Army, another is an American from the South whose goal is to walk from Mexico to Canada (he has a few more miles to go), and a few other people who I haven't seen and talked to yet.

So, I landed in Seattle-Tacoma International Airport about 5:30 PM, and the view on the left side of the plane (where I was seated) was just superb, when we approached the airport. This is due to the staggering sight of Mount Rainier, looming just south of Seattle. Just to be on the safe side, I had dinner in the airport before heading to town. After grabbing something to eat, I caught the bus that took me to downtown, where my hostel was located.

So apparently, there are things happening here in the hostel every day, and it differs every day too. Yesterday (a Tuesday) was jazz night, so I figured I might as well join strangers in heading to this jazz bar. After that, we went exploring the breweries in the area, and yes, their beer is superb. Not like piss, as in those beers that you can readily find in supermarkets.

The diversity of the people here is amazing. I just went with an Israeli, a Quebecois, a German, and a couple of other folks both from here in the USA and overseas, and they are fun to be with. Granted, I usually do not mingle with people I don't really know, so I don't just drop my guard down. But hey, the purpose of this trip is to not worry about the dissertation for just a week, and enjoy myself. So yeah, so far I am enjoying this town.

So there. For today, I am planning on heading around the sights within walking distance of downtown. Tomorrow, on the other hand, I will be bussing around town, giving some fuel to my geekiness.

(WWII Memorial, from my DC Memorials Series)


  1. There are young Israelis everywhere in the world, since they usually take a gap year after their compulsory not-so-fun national service.

    I must admit I'm never crazy at the idea of spending a few night in an hostel where there is a huge group of Israeli, because it's quite crazy and messy. Nice traveler, individually, though!

    (I hope I don't look racist, I'm just talking about the attitude as a group, that's all!)

  2. Zhu,

    Ah, we all have our stereotypes. The Israeli I met was very cool and fun to hang out with, so perhaps I just met an exception. But I have stereotypes of other nationalities that are bad at traveling. In Hungary and in other parts of Europe that I have been to for example, if one meets a group of guys shouting in the streets and drunk, chances are that they are from the UK. Not a big fan of that.

  3. I have heard so many things from so many people that I giggle at them. I traveled for a day (you know) with a French couple and then someone said, "oh the French? They are mannerless". Then someone said, Indians? "They are cheap", and Israelis? "They are rude and cheap" and Americans are arrogant, blah blah... the list never ends. But its true that I have had random awesome travel companions from each of these countries!

  4. Priyank,

    I agree. We all have stereotypes, but most of the time, they get violated and result in wonderful experiences!