July had already started in the most amazing way possible with Canada Day in Vancouver, but there is this tiny place called United States and they have that happy July 4 thing going on. We happened to get to Seattle just in time to catch all the joy and patriotism. The day started at the legendary Farmer’s Market (where I had the best cheese sandwich of my life at Beecher’s!), the true centre of Seattle. Everything cool is built around it, like a gum wall where passers-by (and Caroline) stick their colourful chewing gum next to a thousand others. I guess true art doesn’t have to be hygienic.
Seattle is also home of the first ever Starbucks coffee shop, not sure whether that’s good or bad, but it certainly was the start of a new legacy and the urban craze about how and where your morning coffee beans have been roasted. Starbucks is not the end of Seattle’s ongoing love affair with coffee though, there’s a zillion independent roasters who all have their unique selling point and I personally would always prefer them over a massive chain.
But as it was July 4, nearly every store, shop or bar was closed and that’s why I had to marvel at cool burger places or coffee houses with entire walls plastered with books through the glass. Never mind because the actual party started at the Gas Works Park where people were reserving the best seats from early on. We managed to get some of the best cherries ever for the wait and patiently waited for that magnificent 30-minute presentation of colourful Americana. Living the dream, hey!