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Leaving Seattle

Here is what it is like, leaving Seattle.

For days, the televisions and radios have been telling us that traffic on I-5, the major interstate, will slow to a crawl for a month as serious repairs are made to the overpasses and bridgework supporting the freeway.

Remember the bridge collapse in Minnesota? I-5 is THE major route in and out of Seattle, traffic is unbelievably heavy, and yet . . . without regular inspection and maintenance, infrastructure fails, and a failure in mid-town Seattle could be catastrophic. The stoic Seattleites would much rather be inconvenienced than suffer a catastrophe, so they are all working to find alternate routes.

My drive through Seattle was a breeze. It was the last day before the closure. I was in prime time traffic. I don’t know if everyone thought the closures had happened already or if half the population is on vacation, but the drive was a delight – and the roads were dry.

My least favorite part of every trip is trying to get my bags to the check-in. Once, I left my bags in my rental car while I went for a cart, only to find on my return that the car – and my bags – were gone! It took half an hour to get the car back again. Now, I lug my treasure filled bags with me to the baggage cart section, wishing I were in Kuwait or Doha where someone would be running up to me with a cart, offering to cart my bags.

Check in is always another delight – because my ticket, even though it is an e-ticket, is booked in Kuwait, I have to wait for a real person to check me in, I can’t check in online or through one of the machines. But, by the grace of God, it all goes smoothly, and I am on my way to the gate.

But because I give myself plenty of time to get across town, I always have plenty of time before my flight, so I go to the food court. I love this food court. You could get Burger King, and a lot of people do, or you could get a wide assortment of organic foods, and a lot of people do, or you could get sushi and udon, which so many people do that they are usually sold out in short time. My favorite is a bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich.

I have my favorite place to sit and eat, and I love to look at the airport art work. Look at the light fixture. . . I don’t think it is a Chihuly, but just look at it! In the middle of the food court! Isn’t it just gorgeous? Doesn’t it remind you of a very cold river, in the shallows, flowing over rocks?


August 13, 2007 - Posted by | Arts & Handicrafts, Eating Out, ExPat Life, Public Art, Seattle, Travel


  1. I don’t think it is a Chihuly either, but it might be the creation of an artist from the same studio.

    I love SEA-TAC’s art collection – and it turns out that the airport has a section on its website devoted to its art: It even includes a “downloadable art map” that lists & maps everything on display around the airport, concourse by concourse.

    Comment by adiamondinsunlight | August 13, 2007 | Reply

  2. Thank you, Little Diamond!

    Comment by intlxpatr | August 13, 2007 | Reply

  3. For some reason the fixture reminds of Dubai!!! Weird, ha?

    Comment by kinano | August 13, 2007 | Reply

  4. Kinan, I like Dubai airport, too! It is surreal, with those tall gold palm trees and the sun-like things with tentacles, I guess it is supposed to be the sun but it also kinda looks like space ships?

    Comment by intlxpatr | August 13, 2007 | Reply

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