The emerald city

Seattle is known as the Emerald City. As in the book, the emerald city looks pretty, but has some secrets.

Seattle has the worst homelessness problems I have seen on this trip. Nearly every corner has someone who looks desperate and is asking for money.

Seattle itself also does not seem genuine. It seems like it is trying too hard to be alternative or edgy. The result is just frustrating and pretentious.

My total score for Washington out of 50 is 31.

Categories out of 10

Home comforts Quality of food, accommodation, etc. Score of 6. We had quite a nice hotel, although places to eat were a bit limited.

Attractions The quality of the attractions and generally how fun and interesting they were. Score of 6. I found the activities in Seattle a bit disappointing. The seemed o lack depth.

Natural Beauty The aesthetic vistas of the state which make the drive easier. Score of 7. Nice mountains, if you can see them through the cloud and rain.

Culture Historical and cultural sites and interactions with the locals. Score of 6. Lots of cultural activities, but nit a lot of history.

Value Financial value – bang for your buck, so to speak. Score of 6. Quite expensive for what you get.

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