Bye bye Seattle. I did everything I wanted to do. I am a private pilot with seaplane rating and high performance endorsement, with just as little as 52.2 flight hours. Tomorrow I take a Greyhound to Vancouver. I’m going to miss the Emerald City. I am not sad though. In the next weeks I am going to fly every day for several hours. And I’m gonna spend all my money. By the way that is the reason why I used a $35 bike from craigslist to go to school everyday…
Travelling by Greyhound reminds me of the last winter. I was living Grande Prairie, Alberta, with my girlfriend Selina (btw. looking SO forward seeing you again!!). My visa was only valid until new year. Just before christmas I took the bus and went all the way to Seattle. That was 28 hours one way. I slept two nights in a youth hostel and went back again – with a new stamp in my US passport. I remember telling the front desk in Seattle what a nice warm day it was. They laughed at me as it was one of the coldest days of the month but I was used to 35°C below in Canada. In retrospective it was a unique experience travelling alone on a Greyhound only with a backpack and a few dollars in the pocket. While travelling though I was not happy at all. My legs and butt hurt, my eyes were dried out, my hands were sticky and I just wanted to go to bed and catch some real sleep.
The ride tomorrow is only 3 hours and $34. The only problem this time: two suitcases, a backpack and a guitar. I have only two hands. I didn’t think about that when I came here by car! My plan is to send one of the bags to Switzerland… Oh, and I wonder how I will perform at the customs. In fact I have never had no problems at the customs… haha
Wow, I had a great time in America. I learned a lot and met great people. I can’t wait to come back to see more concerts at the Bluemoon and fly the Super Cub at Kenmore Air. Or maybe the Beavers in some years? Anyways, bye bye Seattle!