My Trip To Seattle and Kinokuniya – Part 2
This is why I am never, EVER doing a travel blog. IN MY WHOLE LIFE. It’s so time consuming, and I update the darned thing months after. It’d probably be best if I just spent four hours typing out the thing from the start.
Anyway, LET’S FINISH THIS~!
So last time, we left off on day 2, where I had some kimchi fried rice, and…stuff.
Next came EMP.
For those of you who don’t know, EMP (Experience Music Project) is a giant contemporary music museum that houses a lot of musical history and pop culture exhibits, and centres around a lot of Seattle’s music culture. A good portion of the museum is centred on Seattle’s music culture and whatnot, but it’s still fun for everyone. Some of the highlights:
– Guitar museum of coolness. And I don’t even play guitar.
– Music lab. Although the tuning pegs have been played with on most of the electric guitars, it’s still a lot of fun.
– They also have some studios with electronic drums + guitar you can use for 20 mins to jam in.
– The gigantic screen thingy in the lobby that plays a bunch of obscure music videos. Me and my family just stayed there for almost 15 minutes just watching…
– The changing exhibits. More on that below.
I had previously been here on a high school trip in 2011. At that time, there was a Battlestar Galactica exhibit (didn’t excite me, since I’m more of a Trekkie, to be honest). However, this time, they had new Nirvana, ACDC, and horror movie exhibits – the reason being that a lot of the time, EMP is about music as well as soundscapes (post production in horror movies is the main reason that they’re scary – as most of you know, without music, most horror movies don’t really pack a punch).
After some more eating, my family and I went to Nordstrom. At this point, I was pretty drained, so I didn’t bother taking any pictures.
The last time I came to Seattle on a school trip, I followed some of my classmates into a Nordstrom once. We only stayed on the first floor, so I didn’t get a sense of the pricing. This time, I actually went through the whole store from top to bottom. HOLY MACKEREL, I DID NOT REALIZE BURBERRY WAS SO EXPENSIVE. Being the uninitiated person that I am, I thought “Oh, it’s Burberry, what a nice coat!” and checked the price tag and it was EIGHT HUNDRED DOLLARS.
Even marked down, a shirt was somewhere in the range of $40-60, which to me is still insane. I couldn’t imagine buying anything here, and people were walking out with multiple bags. I envied them for a second until I realized that I’d rather spend $800 on manga/game goods than clothing.
Ah, still a geek to the core. 8)
A few things I learned, and thought of during this experience:
1. I will never buy Louboutin shoes IN MY LIFE. EVER. SHOOT ME BEFORE THIS OCCURS.
2. I never realized the reasons for why of credit card debt is probably due to the fact that this store, and others like it, exist.
3. $60 is quite cheap in the world of fashion. And to me, this is still rather expensive.
4. A lot of “fashionable” clothes are actually quite ugly to me. Not liking the patterns very much here.
5. You know a store is high end when they have a computer section for men to sit at while the girls shop.
Now onto an important question: Do I actually LIKE Seattle?
Well…yes and no.
If you ask me where I’d rather go, I’d have to say Portland. While a lot of this is due to the fact that Powell’s Books exists, there’s also the fact that I enjoy Portland a lot. While you can cite Pike Place as a reason to go to Seattle, I have news for you – we already have something like this in Vancouver I can go to whenever I want! It’s called Granville Island! And it’s also transit accessible!
Seattle, for me, is basically like the American version of Vancouver. It’s similar in a lot of ways, except that there are a few cultural things there (coughcoughKinokuniyacoughcough) that I wish I had in my city. SIGH.
I do think that Seattle is a rather enjoyable city though, and if you said you were going to vacation there, I wouldn’t feel sorry for you. Although I would question your sanity if you went to the original Starbucks – IT’S JUST LIKE EVERY OTHER STARBUCKS! CONTAIN YOUR EXUBERANCE!
Overall, I liked Seattle. But after going to the northwestern United States so often, I think it’s time for me to go to Japan already. =___=
Well, after I
get a job win the lottery graduate from university I guess…