06/06/2013 - 07/06/2013
We got a Greyhound bus (yes another one) from Vancouver to Seattle. Thankfully it wasn't overnight, but it arrived half an hour late, despite being parked just a few bays away! That takes some skill. Almost every time we stopped, the driver said we'd just be there for 5 minutes, so we didn't risk getting off to get food or anything, but then we'd end up sitting there for about 20 minutes. This combined with the detour due to the collapsed bridge meant that we arrived 2 hours late in Seattle. As it was only meant to be a 4 hour journey, that's quite a big delay.
We visited Seattle in late 2011, so this time we were just passing through - it was cheaper to fly to Chicago from Seattle than it was from Vancouver (by quite a bit). We'd initially considered booking a flight on the same day, assuming the bus couldn't possibly be as much as 2 hours late! Thankfully we changed our minds and booked ourselves a place to stay up near the airport. It was a motel - specifically the Sea-Tac Valu (sic) Inn. We were initially given a room that already had some people in - people who weren't impressed we'd just walked into their supposedly private room. That mix up got sorted out and we made it to our people-free room, which was ok, though there was a sticky patch on the carpet near the bed and the door looked like it might have been kicked in on a few occasions. Basically, from things we heard and saw, there was definitely some prostitution going on at that motel.
As we were starving by this point, we headed out in search of food. Subway was the best we could find, though we also got some treats from a supermarket, then retreated to our room and holed ourselves up for the night.
The next morning we caught one of the public buses to the airport. We'd been expecting a free shuttle from the motel, but it turned out it wasn't actually free and instead cost slightly more than the public bus, so we declined that 'freebie'.
All in all, not the greatest of days, but vaguely entertaining in retrospect.
The wonderful area of Seattle we got to stay in: