Fremont : Freedom to be Peculiar

Fremont

Fremont

One part of Seattle that I felt a great affinity with (and this will come as no surprise to anyone who knows me and also knows Seattle) is Fremont.

This home to the giant troll would easily be the kind of place I could make my home.

Trolls come from Scandinavian folklore. They are ugly beings with big noses and long arms. They live in the dark away from sunlight; in caves or under bridges are likely places to find them. The Fremont troll lives under the George Washington bridge. They are attracted to shiny things (the Fremont troll holds a VW in his hand); children and ‘luminous women’ are at particular peril when there is a troll around.

Trolls come from Scandinavian folklore. They are ugly beings with big noses and long arms. They live in the dark, away from sunlight; in caves or under bridges are likely places to find them. The Fremont troll lives under the George Washington bridge. They are attracted to shiny things (the Fremont troll holds a VW in his hand); children and ‘luminous women’ are at particular peril when there is a troll around.

The troll is a piece of interactive artwork; people can climb up on him

The troll is a piece of interactive artwork; people can climb up on him

This one time centre of artistic freedom and ‘counterculture’ (it contains a statue of Lenin rescued from Eastern Europe) is fast becoming very gentrified (Google, Adobe and some other tech companies have offices in the area by the Lake Washington ship canal).

Washington ship canal

Lake Washington ship canal

There is a rocket bearing the motto The Rocket bears the Fremont motto, De Libertas Quirkas, which means Freedom to be Peculiar.

The Fremont rocket.  It  bears the Fremont motto, De Libertas Quirkas, which means Freedom to be Peculiar.

One of the independent breweries in the area.

One of the independent breweries in the area.

Put a bird on it

Put a bird on it

Sarah’s useless Fremont fact: Originally a separate city, Fremont was named after Fremont, Nebraska, the hometown of its founders.

IMG_3136IMG_3163I had an excellent (albeit a little tiring and far, far too brief) time in Seattle. I met some awesome people. The highlights were:

Tessa, my host on airbnb, who gave me a stone to hold every morning with my affirmation for that day.  She’s an interesting woman with many stories to tell.IMG_3045

Danny, who cleaned the apartment and who I spoke to for around 15-20 minutes. Don’t you just love Americans and the way they share everything with you 20 seconds after meeting you? I have people in England I’ve known for ten years or more, but know less about their lives than I do about Danny’s.

Someone tried to point out which of these houseboats featured in the movie Sleepless in Seattle, but I couldn't get which one they were pointing at.  I've never seen the movie (I hate rom-coms) but might mean something to some of you

Someone tried to point out which of these houseboats featured in the movie Sleepless in Seattle, but I couldn’t get which one they were pointing at. I’ve never seen the movie (I hate rom-coms) but might mean something to some of you

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  1. Oh I love the troll. Yes, I think I could live there as well. It looks like my kind of place. Unlike when I look out the window at the moment and it is a typically very wet and soggy Bank Holiday Monday. I think I will have to put Fremont on my list of places to visit. Safe travels my friend x

  2. Yeah I forgot it was bank holiday there; I think ours is next Monday, but hopefully no rain as I’ll be in San Francisco by then. You should go to Notting Hill Carnival; that’s a great rain-soaked activity.

    • You know I don’t really mind the oversharing; in a strange way I feel like I’ve had some real conversations here. As opposed to the UK where I”m talking to people all day but never really get beyond the weather and moaning about the buses. Sometimes you have to know a British person for so long before we talk about anything real, and I am trying to change that in myself because I hate small-talk. But yes maybe some kind of middle ground would be nice.

  3. I’m with Karen – – -THANKS for the close ups of the troll – Brilliant.
    Liked the way you told this blog in pics.
    Especially like the rocket sticking off the corner of the building declaring ” De Libertas Quirkas”
    MAY THERE BE MORE

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