Daily Archives: 2014-03-30

24 hours in Seattle

The next morning Michael and I were up at the crack of dawn to catch our 6:40am Amtrak to Seattle. We breathed a sigh of relief as we finally plopped down in our assigned seats. We had cut it a little close as I didn’t realize we would have to clear immigration before we got on the train. The first thing I noticed about Amtrak was that the train was a lot newer and cleaner. They even had a designated cell phone area between cars for those annoying loud talkers. Hooray for innovation!

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As we pulled up to Peace Arch border crossing, we spotted a peculiar art piece the looked like a billboard of air surrounded by scribbles. By the time we had finished discussing it, we were already on our way again. One of the more painless border experiences I have had. Part way through our trip, the entire train load was moved onto buses for the duration so to avoid the mudslide area. We finally pulled into Seattle and I was happy to see the sun.

We navigated the streets of downtown Seattle to Hotel Max. As we were somewhat early, we dropped off our bags and went to explore. Michael was hungry as usual so we went hunting for food.

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Visiting Vancouver

We finally pulled into downtown Vancouver’s Pacific Station, we were just over 4 hours late. This means that we get 50% of our fare back in the form of a credit. For us that was not a huge amount seeing that we were traveling on an Express Deal which cost us only $138. But I like that they recognize and compensate when the customer is inconvenienced. Customer service is something that much of the travel industry seems to be phasing out. Maybe this is one of the reasons I love traveling by trains, old fashioned, nostalgic, and romantic.

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