Things I’ve learned about Seattle thus far
From Denver to the Pacific Northwest
- Umbrellas aren’t the local way. Apparently, they would rather a raincoat with an oversized hood. Not for me! I’m setting a new trend, what with my awesome new umbrellas my dad got me.
- Trader Joe’s is as cool as people boast. Two bottles of wine, balsamic vinegar, organic cane sugar, and dijon mustard all for $24. All organic, all natural.
- I bought my Orca Card yesterday (how appropriately named, right?). This reloadable card allows you to ride the bus, trolley, or lightrail, easy-peasy.
- You’ll have a hard time finding air conditioning in this town. It doesn’t get hot so most restaurants, homes, rentals, and apartments don’t have them.
- Seattle doesn’t believe in screens for their windows or doors. And with the lack of A/C, you control the temperature of your home with your opened windows. Say hello to bug bites!
- Coffee’s a big deal around here. Seriously.
- Seattle folks don’t pronounce the letter ‘w’ like ‘double-you.’ Instead, it’s pronounced ‘dub.’ University of Washington is referred to as UW, or ‘you-dub.’
- Unlike Coloradans, these folks become strangers during the summer months: they’re soaking up as much of the glorious weather before the rain sets in.
- It’s considered pretty rad if you have a view of the water, even though it’s so plentiful. We have a view of the sound. We’re pretty rad.
- Seattle charges 5 cents for every bag, including clothing stores. BYOB has a whole new meaning.