Long story short, I had to make a sudden dash to the honorary Austrian consulate in Seattle to submit my residency paperwork on a Sunday and I had to be back at work Monday morning. Future USTAs, don’t be like me. Make sure you plan ahead for the fact that you will have to go to one of the Austrian consulates in person to submit your Bestätigung paperwork. My flight touched down right at 06:45 in Seattle and my return flight took off at 14:55, so I had about 8 hours to make my appointment and enjoy Seattle.
I didn’t have much time, but I made the most of the time I had! Navigating airports, taking public transit, using maps to find my way around the city, seeing new sights, and all the other little things that come with travelling really awakened my wanderlust and made me that much more excited to go to Austria. My trip started off with one of my favorite things in the world, which is to be in the air during a sunrise or sunset. Our flight took off just as day was breaking over Boise, and the views were stunning.
I love plane wing photos. After I landed in Seattle, I made my way to the light rail to get from the airport to the city center. I’ve always like the light rail. It’s easy to use, and it has big windows so you get to see all the sights on the way, like this view of downtown.
Unfortunately, the bulk of my free time on this trip was between 07:30 and 09:30 on a Sunday morning, well before anything opened. I still managed to accomplish two goals: see the ocean and pay Pike’s Place Market a visit. It was nice wandering the streets while it was still quiet in the city.
Since I was one of the first tourists wandering around Pike’s Place I got to be one of the first to snag some mini doughnuts. That also meant no one was around to see me get absolutely covered in powdered sugar like a kid.
So that is all I saw on my mini trip to Seattle! I had eight hours on the ground, minus the time for the light rail trips and airport time and my appointment, so I was pretty pleased. I managed to walk almost six miles before 10 am, I saw some pretty views of Seattle, and most importantly I got my paperwork submitted without a hitch. It was one giant step towards going to Austria and a lovely day trip all in one.
SEA you in September, Seattle.
Photos taken by Sandra Walker. Seattle, WA. June 2017