The Drug Scene
In 2012, marijuana was legalized for recreation use in Washington and seemed to be widely used in Seattle. It is the first city I have visited where it is legal for recreation and the scene downtown was a bit surprising. We saw people smoking it everywhere. So much so, we avoided sitting outside at any restaurant’s patio. There is only a $27 fine for using it in public so police definitely looked the other way.
If you’re sensitive to its smell, you may want to rethink an extended visit to Seattle. We planned to visit for 3 full days but ended up cutting our trip short, this being one of the reasons. I am by no means a prude when it comes to the subject but the smell was constantly in your face. We walked through clouds of it while exploring the city, day and night. It reminds me how cigarette smoke in Europe is still so prevalent. If you still decide to go, I’d recommend skipping August. There is an annual Hempfest festival held with over 100,000 attendees.
On a more serious note, there seemed to be the typical amount of homeless people for a city this size but the amount of them on drugs was concerning and honestly, a bit scary. We saw a lot of people who moved in slow motion, clearly high on something. Standing on a street corner tilted over to one side, attempting to walk down the sidewalk barely shuffling their legs and leaning forward, and sitting on the ground with some other weird behaviors. I can’t say for sure what drugs they were on (I suspect heroin) but it wasn’t pleasant to watch. I found a video on YouTube in case you want to know what kinds of behavior you could experience while visiting. Scary stuff so please be aware of your surroundings!
Growing up in Kansas and then moving to Arizona, I’d never heard the term ‘sound’ or ‘pudget sound’. This phrase is everywhere in Seattle. A ‘sound’ is a large sea or ocean inlet larger than bay or an ocean channel between two bodies of land (the water between Seattle’s coast line and Bainbridge). Pudget is the name of the sound along the NW coast of Washington.
Downtown Seattle is hilly.
None of the three pairs of shoes (casual athletics, wedge boots, and brown boots) I brought were ideal for walking all over the city. When you walk over 10,000 steps a day, you need proper shoes to keep your feet happy. It’s a struggle to pick shoes to travel! I plan to check out these shoes for my next trip:
Casual – Superga (pronounced Super-Guh) – 2210 Cotw Fashion Sneaker
Casual Athletic – Dansko – Charlie Sneaker
Sandal – The FLEXX – Band Together Sandals
What shoes do you wear while traveling to still look fashionable, yet comfortable? Or do you just give up all together at the sake of being comfortable?
The drug scene not scare you? Still interested in visiting Seattle, check out the activities we got in during our visit.