A mum’s personal account of travelling the world with boys (Part 1 of 25 – Seattle)
Written by: Anita Sedlack
“We had a great day exploring Seattle. Breakfast of freshly picked berries from the Pike Place Market then on to watching our crumpets being made for us with lemon curd!! Visited the most stunning glass exhibit at The Chihuly Gardens and took the boys to the Pacific Science Centre, while Orren sorted out bank accounts and drivers licenses. Hopefully we will have a car soon.
The boys found the most gorgeous chocolatier shop, The Chocolate Box, with shaved hot chocolates (to warm your insides on a cold wet day). There is amazingly friendly customer service everywhere you go. We could all learn a thing or two from it back home.
We are loving wandering the streets and coming across people doing amazing things. The boys are intrigued by the number of people begging on the streets. Byron of course has to stop and read each of their signs and then the questions start. As a Mum, it was great to see him thinking about how others live and how incredibly fortunate we are in Australia.
And then the next day, the fog rolled in, the rain fell, and Byron and Myles busted moves listening to fantastic street performers.
A trip past the Gum Wall (much to Myles’s disgust!!) to the Seattle Aquarium to escape the rain was enjoyed by all. Orren trained it down to Tacoma in search of a vehicle to take us on our adventure.
We did a tour of the bay in the fog and imagined what a pretty city Seattle is. Next it was onto the EMP, a museum of film and fantastic music, and then onto the Gates Foundation where we were somewhat overwhelmed by their generosity and foresight into social issues. It was so well thought out.
Lucky for us there was a break in the fog, so we took the boys up the Seattle Space Needle for a spectacular evening view of the city.
America is in full swing gearing up for Thanksgiving. Orren’s cousin and family have been very generous in inviting and including us in an early celebration in Tacoma, so we can experience this special celebration. Let the festivities begin!”
About the series “Conversations from Afar”
This story is part of a 26 piece series which follows the journey of Anita, Orren and their two boys Byron and Myles, who left Australia in November 2014 to experience life in different parts of the world. They made their way to America where they discovered incredible places, met wonderful people, and put down roots for a six-month stint working in a totally different job. They ventured to Costa Rica, Egypt, England, Scotland, Italy, Germany and France and made so many memories along the way.
Each week we publish a new conversation. Follow their journey.