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.
Fremont is home to the giant troll.
Trolls come from Scandinavian folklore. The Fremont troll lives under the George Washington bridge. 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. 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 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).
Lake Washington ship canal
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.
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.
I 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.
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