Washington is the home to Boeing, and it seems rude to come to Seattle, without visiting the Boeing factory in Everett. Here they make Boeing 747s, 777s, and 787s. The building used to make the 747s is in the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest building in the world by volume, which could fit Disneyland inside it, and include the carpark as well. It really is a very big building.
Driving around the outside is one thing, but another is stepping inside the factory. To see the place that planes are made really is fantastical to me; Kathryn wasn’t so impressed. In my mind it seems a bit beyond comprehension that there’s a place where planes are made, they just always seem to exist. I think it’s because they’re so massive and complex, they go beyond the thinking of a New Zealander. I don’t think we’d ever dream of building our own airplanes, and yet, there’s an airplane factory in Hamilton. Sure, the planes are a bit smaller, but same thing.
From here, we headed back into Seattle, and went to the Seattle Pike Place Market, which is the home to the original Starbucks. I can see the original appeal of Starbucks, a place to chill out and relax, even if the coffees are a bit more expensive. At least they don’t shoo you out after 30 minutes like McDonalds.
But for something actually delicious, at the Seattle Pike Place Market, you can buy Alaskan King Crab, a small paper plate for $20 USD. It was delicious, sweet, salty, really just delicious. Sure, $20 is expensive for a bit of crab, but if you want expensive, then pay $80 NZD for the same thing back in New Zealand.
Also near the Pike Place Market is Gum Alley, which is where people put their chewing gum on the side of buildings. I’m not sure why that’s an appealing thing, Kathryn really wanted to check it out, and I thought it was disgusting. It looked like people had spewed on the side of a building. Literally looked disgusting.