I knew about Seattle’s weather — but I still didn’t prepare for it.
And how can you?
The weather report called for temperatures in the low 60s, partly cloudy, maybe rain. But it doesn’t tell you that the rain, well, it doesn’t let up. Even when it’s not raining, it’s still wet. Everything is wet. This place doesn’t dry off!
So I didn’t pack well. I have a wool sweater, a light Patagonia jacket, three scarves and a bunch of tops to layer. But I have to wear all of them in order to stay warm!
Luckily for us, the rain subsided this afternoon and we were able to walk around Capitol Hill and the Queen Anne District, where we’re staying.
This is definitely a cool place to hang. This district — which sits on the tallest named hill in the city and is bordered by Belltown to the south, Lake Union to the east, the Lake Washington Ship Canal to the north and Magnolia to the west — boasts about 32,000 people, most of whom are unmarried, young professionals. Folks here tend to be better educated and wealthier than the rest of Seattle — and the shops, restaurants and bars reflect that demographic.
There are lots of indie coffee shops and bookstores, hip bars, vinyl shops and restaurants on every block.
After Derek’s talk at the American Education Studies Association — it’s one of two conferences he’s attending this weekend here — we strolled around the area. The rain actually let up and we got to see what this place has to offer in the best way: on foot.
Here’s what our first day in Seattle looked like:
Loving light rail
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