Seattle

 

You do not get to choose how you are going to die. Or when. You can only decide how you are going to live. Now
                                                                                                                                                                                      Joan Baez
I am sure if you follow my blog you have notice that now I move slow, I was in Portland couple of weeks ago till today I am 300miles north of Portland, Seattle Washington. Not sure why but the state is named after former president Washington, the capital named after former Indian chief Seattle and the county I am in named after activist Martin Luther King.
 
Soon after Portland city it is dense planted pine forest which create lush green with spot of yellow maple trees shed off their leaves. This region receive lot amount of rainfall, this result on lakes, and river running down to the ocean, this give a city unique natural beauty. Lumber, Coal and Gold rush of north helped the advancement of the city. 
In this city it where the famous chain of coffee shop, starbucks started here also Boing, Microsoft, Amazon, REA shop have their roots up here, Is it a home of entrepreneur? Can this help the country to learn how to create jobs today?
 
It is 47 degree North again it a beauty i the mist, rain, cold and grey sky it a common day up here but not like bit further north where my friend told me it was 2 Celsius. I am activist endowed with adventure spirit, inspired by revolution characters who sacrifices them self for the sake of humanity despite all this still I can not see my way north! Weather have been such extreme to take all my courage.
 
After eleven months on the saddle constantly moving, observing, learning, adopting and do the same I am now start to realize how much effect this has in daily basis life as I spent time now working on fund raise and other goals of the project. The body was accustomed to maximum work and the the brain was used to movement but now up here indoor is not option.   
 
I wasn’t total idle, US election keep my mind busy although I hate politics because it touch everything we do. If could live in ’60 I would choose ‘socialism’ instead of ‘capitalism’ because I think socialism is sustainable. So if I was American for the domestic policy I would choose ‘tea part’ so we can start creating jobs once again. Being from 3rd world county I can not understand in such established country people doesn’t have jobs. Yes for same gender marriage that will be difficult matter the same to ‘medical marijuana’! But obvious not about condom in the porn industry. For the foreign policy with all coast I will avoid republican. 
 
It was such a tense election in that case I learnt why our African countries still fail on the democracy, 20 years of so called democracy in the middle of illiterately is not enough.  
 
Seattle City Tour…
Now and then I get a chance to play tourist game, this time was for in Seattle. Bare in mind that a Tanzanian man will have had time to comprehend how thing are here so in some point I have to pretend that I understand and it pretty normal even though some other things are total ridiculous. How can you understand that dogs here wear clothes, ooh yes it winter although bears do not, this comrade wear nice and expensive jacket with reflector on it so it ca be seen but still on the leash with a person who also wear reflector.  I can not put my clothes on the line because my host neighbor doesn’t want to see them, this will bother their uniformed color but maple trees also change color.  My host will be fined for having dead tree on his loan. 
 
I board bus try to lean what I have to do because folks here speak as little as possible perhaps because it is cold, everyone in front of me scan certain card and move on. I put my bills and coins at the same place which result in denied alam but the driver wouldn’t explain to instead looking at me at last indicate I should take my money and set down, thank you so much! I took a seat next to someone, excited for free ride in the comfortable bus. With excitement I greeted my fellow passage in return I get unwelcome face, I look around most of the passages seat alone busy text, reading or just listen to music. You may offend someone by seating close by. But that was began of adventure, how you get off the bus it another thing.
 
As I said before hear it home of REI store, for my friend Said in Sudan, REI it chain of out door shop, then on here in Seattle is twice of Shopright in Arusha. Remember this is for outdoor only mostly clothes and shoes the rest are gadgets which I can not explain in simple language, you need to go to school to know how to operate them. Xoluo in Maun, I know you are going to ask the same question again, you nearly live out in the Kalahari but you will have to understand this. The store in outside is well decorated to bring the sense of outdoor, the man in front door asked ‘Do you know where you are going?’, he is serious for me I relate this question with what all the waiters ask when you enter restaurant ‘table for 2 or 3 or whatever the number’. Here I learn to say ‘yes’ for certain questions just to avoid complication. So I say yes and he let me in, late I realized what he meant it huge store. The fascinating things is the prices, I wear the hat which cost $1 but here cost $30. If you buy shoes there is small mountain to test your shoes or you can go to climb Kilimanjaro with and return the claim that you didn’t like the color, you can choose another one or get you are money back. 
 
Next is food what is america food?
 
I am now busy organizing fund raise event in Issaquah, this is going to be one of it kind we have got classic bike for auction together with other stuff, Music include African music, Chile to Kili slide show, etc so if you are within the area do not miss. 
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3 Comments

  1. Posted November 8, 2012 at 8:24 pm by Rob | Permalink

    Great post Elvis. Really interesting perspective on the bus. Traveling is not just physical fatigue, but mental fatigue. You’re not just translating a language, but a culture as well. You have to think about every step. Every sidewalk is different in each city and every bus is different in each city. It’s gotta be exhausting.

    Keep it up friend!

  2. Posted November 20, 2012 at 2:28 am by trish | Permalink

    Elvis, for me, what is amazing is that you remind me that what is important is our relationships. When I travel, I am reminded of that, when I met you, I was once again reminded of what is truly important. The auction was wonderful, thanks for traveling into my life, if only for a bit.

    • Posted November 20, 2012 at 11:05 pm by Elvis | Permalink

      Trish,
      It was great to met you, I appriciate for you are amazing support for the Issaquah event. I travel to learn also to share with those who come to my path particular those who have same ideas of making the world a better place for all of us. Together we can be the changes we wish to see.

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