September 19th (Day 16): Seattle underground
|Starbucks everywhere in Seattle, this one located at Pike Place Market|
|Building at Pioneer Square, Seattle|
Today we started the day with washing clothes. This has to happen at least once during such a long trip. Then we went to Pike Place Market, the oldest continually-operational farmer’s market in the country. It is located close to the waterfront at the end of Pine Street and distributed over several buildings and levels. Almost everything you can imagine one can see, smell or taste there: fish, herbs, fruits, pastries, flowers ( not for tasting ), cheese, meat and you name it. We have been so excited about this agile place that we spent several hours exploring it and watching the fish guys throwing their fish to each other.
In the afternoon we did the Underground Tour starting at Pioneer Square , a fun way to explore the strange world beneath the streets and to learn a lot about Seattle history. Seattle originally has been built a level too low to get rid of the wastewater especially during flood tide. After a big fire 1889 this problem was fixed the cheap and fast way: just the streets have been raised, buildings and sidewalks remained where they have been before. What originally was the second level of a buiding now became the first level and the lowest level disappeared in an underground world. Sidewalks have not been raised either so people kind of had to walk underground and use ladders to cross streets. Funny to see the results of this cost saving approach today. And good to learn that time and money has been very critical already in former times.